Bay Area Bike Share gets new app all the way from Belgium

A new app for Bay Area Bike Share was unveiled Monday, and it came voluntarily all the way from Antwerp, Belgium.

The Bay Area Bike app, available on iPhone and Android, is the third bike-share app released in the U.S. by WebComrades, a mobile development agency based in Antwerp, where a bike-share system launched in July 2011.

WebComrades made bike-share apps for systems in Antwerp and Zaragoza, Spain, which were soon designated as official bike-share apps. The company then set its sights overseas, developing apps for New York and Chicago.

The Bay Area app includes a new feature allowing the user to modify the map to show only the information desired. It also provides a list of stations, bikes and parking spots available.

“We improved the design to make it a little bit more modern,” said Tom Claes, WebComrades founder and managing director.

Bay Area Bike Share already uses the nationwide CycleFinder app, but Ralph Borrmann, a spokesman for the program's operator, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, said WebComrades is welcome to contact Alta Bicycle Share, which runs the local program, about the app.

“That's how tech goes, it's an open marketplace,” Borrmann said.

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