viaCycle is a bike sharing program that allows users to "unlock" bikes through their phones by calling, texting, or via an application.
The viaCycle API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of viaCycle with other applications. Some example API methods include retrieving locations of bikes and retrieving information on bikes.
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Bike sharing, a common form of collective transportation outside the US, has started gaining traction in the US. A recent addition to the bike sharing scene, viaCycle, approaches the market differently than its competitors and hopes that its innovative approach will make it the Zipcar of bike sharing. viaCycle differentiates itself by combining the community aspect of bike sharing with "cutting edge IT." Within the IT competitive advantage lies the viaCycle API available for third-party app development.