A year later, The SMART Ride mobile app that Centric Miami Mobile Architects created in their spare time, is still a hit.
For the second year, I rode in The SMART Ride (Southernmost AIDS Ride), a two-day, 165-mile bike ride from Miami to Key West.
This amazing charity has raised over $8 million for AIDS/HIV support agencies in Florida during the past 14 years, with 100% of donations benefitting agencies.
Originally the ride was scheduled for November 2017, but Hurricane Irma put a stop to that. So it was rescheduled for Jan 19, 2018. Having lost our bikes in the hurricane due to storm surge, we were unable to train. Luckily, we were able to just rent bikes for the two days, which worked out great.
I was part of an awesome team called the Key West Mile Markers, which raised an incredible $106,000. The ride raised $836,000 overall this year.
About the SMART Ride App
I made some improvements to the app for this ride, including street sign warnings that appear two miles before each pit-stop. I received good feedback that these served as a good moral boost for riders.
This year, I am looking forward to adding some non-rider features to the app, such as the ability to donate using Apple Pay, since a lot of people do not like entering their credit card information on websites.