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Ryde Public API

Ryde is an app that utilizes low power, always on location tracking to record all of a user's travel. User's then categorize their trips as either "by bike" or "not by bike". The Ryde public API gives developers access to trips marked as "by bike".

Registering A Client

An API Client is an application created by a developer that is designed to consume data provided by the Ryde Public API. At this time API credentials are provided on an as-needed basis. If you're interested in integrating with the Ryde Public API contact us.


The Ryde Public API utilizes the OAuth 2.0 protocol for authentication. OAuth 2.0 is a widely accepted standard for web security.

Obtaining and access_token

In order to receive an access token you must do the following:

  1. Direct the user to our authorization url.
    • If the user is not logged in, they will be asked to log in.
    • The user will be asked if they would like to grant your application access to their Ryde data.
  2. The Ryde server will redirect the user to a URI of your choice. Take the provided code parameter and exchange it for an access_token by POSTing the code to our access_token url.


At this time the Ryde Public API only supports the Server-side (Explicit) Flow. This method is appropriate for any API client that utilizes its own backend. The Implicit Flow, which is better suited to applications that do not have a server, is on the roadmap for a future release.


Do not assume your access_token is valid forever. Even though our access tokens do not specify an expiration time, your app should handle the case that either the user revokes access, or the Ryde Public API expires the token after some period of time. If the token is no longer valid, API responses will contain an error_type=OAuthAccessTokenException. In this case you will need to re-authenticate the user to obtain a new token.

Server-Side (Explicit) Flow

1) Direct your user to our authorization URL<YOUR CLIENT ID>&redirect_uri=<YOUR REDIRECT URI>

This will present the user with a login screen and then an authorization dialog. The user can choose to either allow or deny access to your app at this point.

2) Receive the redirect from the Ryde server

After the user chooses to allow or deny your app we direct the user to the redirect_uri you supplied in step 1. If the user chose to allow your app the request will contain a code query parameter:


If the user chooses to deny access you will receive an error:


Please not that the redirect_uri you supply must match a redirect uri we have in our database for your app. If the redirect_uri does not match you will receive an error. Please contact us if you need to add redirect_uris to your app's configuration.


3) Request the access_token

Now you need to exchange the code you received in step 2 for an access_token. In order to make this exchange you have to POST the code, along with some app identification parameters, to our /api/authorize/token endpoint. These are the required parameters:

  • client_id: Your client id (provided by Modeo upon request)
  • client_secret: Your client secret (provided by Modeo along with your client id)
  • grant_type: authorization_code is currently the only supported value
  • redirect_uri: The same redirect_uri you used in step 1
  • code: The code you received during step 2

Here is an example curl request to obtain a token:

curl -d 'client_id=CLIENT_ID' \
    -d 'client_secret=CLIENT_SECRET' \
    -d 'grant_type=authorization_code' \
    -d 'redirect_uri=REDIRECT_URI' \
    -d 'code=CODE' \

If successful, this call will return an access_token that you can use to make authenticated calls to the API.

	"access_token": "...",
	"token_type": "Bearer"

You are now ready to make requests to the Ryde Public API!

Making Requests

The base URL for the Ryde production server is

All API enpoints can be reached using the following URL format:

Success Response Format

	"meta": {
		//information about the request is here
	"data": {
		//the stuff you're looking for is in here

Error Response Format

	"meta": {
		"error_type": "Exception", //All errors are of type Exception at this time
		"code": 1,
		"error_message": "Human readable message"


Only one for now.

Recent Rides

The recentRides endpoint is used to fetch a user's rides. The request will succeed as long as the user has no unsaved trips. If the user does have unsaved trips the server will return an error with code 10. This is the only request that will return code 10 so you can use the code to identify this error case.


auth_token: Required. Must be passed with every request to the Ryde Public API. Obtain an auth_token through the OAuth2 flow.

date: Required. The request will return all Rides where the arrivalTime is after date. This parameter will accept any ISO 8601 formatted date.

Example Request
Example Response

Rides are sorted from newest to oldest. Please note the mostRecentRide timestamp. It contains the arrivalTime of the most recent ride in the list of rides. Store this timestamp in your database for use next time you call recentRides.

	"meta": {
		"code": 200
	"data": {
		"mostRecentRide": "2017-03-16T21:33:19.163Z"
		"rides": [{
			"totalPoints": 196,
			"pointSources": [{ //a breakdown of the user's score for this ride
				"type": 0, //At this time type 0 is the only supported type.
				"key": "tripPoints",
				"value": 100
			}, {
				"type": 0,
				"key": "mileagePoints",
				"value": 61
			}, {
				"type": 0,
				"key": "newDestination",
				"value": 35
			"arrivalTime": "2017-03-16T21:33:19.163Z",
			"approvedAt": "2017-03-16T21:35:03.487Z", //the time the user approved their trip
			"startDestination": {
				"coordinate": {
					"lat": 37.7737866,
					"long": -122.3930995
				"name": "Mission Creek Park",
				"createdAt": "2017-03-16T21:35:03.233Z",
				"updatedAt": "2017-03-16T21:35:35.978Z",
				"objectId": "ZPHMoGjdZT"
			"endDestination": {
				"coordinate": {
					"lat": 37.75349303242875,
					"long": -122.4215458251955
				"name": "Home",
				"createdAt": "2017-03-16T21:33:49.324Z",
				"updatedAt": "2017-03-16T21:35:03.312Z",
				"objectId": "SifMFMN0PG"
			"creator": {
				"timeZone": "America/Los_Angeles",
				"totalPoints": 523,
				"totalDistance": 13389, //in meters
				"numRides": 3,
				"totalDuration": 75.28, //in seconds
				"name": "Test1",
				"createdAt": "2017-03-16T21:05:26.114Z",
				"updatedAt": "2017-03-16T21:35:36.205Z",
				"mostRecentRide": "2017-03-16T21:32:42.327Z",
				"website": "",
				"bio": "This account has a couple of rides.",
				"objectId": "sAdnGOFL3G" //unique identifier for the user
			"distance": 5326, //in meters
			"duration": 28.343, //in seconds
			"objectId": "Vgw4Msc7dW" //unique identifier for the ride
Example Error

The recentRides endpoint will return an error if it is called and the user has unsaved trips. This use-case is very common so make sure it is handled.

	"meta": {
		"error_type": "Exception",
		"code": 10, //this is the only case where 10 is the error code. Use this code to handle the error.
		"error_message": "You have unsaved trips. Please launch the Ryde app and save or delete your unsaved trips."


For testing against the development server please use the following authorization tokens:

test1 User Account

Auth Token: 57NX2540PKi6U6QJnqmTEkAESWnOeu7w

Oldest Ride Timestamp: 2017-03-16T21:33:49.506Z

Most Recent Ride Timestamp: 2017-03-16T21:35:03.487Z

Number of Unsaved Trips: 0

Total Number of Rides: 3

Example Request:

Notes: The above request will return 2 of the user's 3 rides. Change the timestamp to an earlier time to return all 3.

test2 User Account

Auth Token: 394L7Sh6cZuA5MP46s9wQQ3eVoTLz7Tm

Oldest Ride Timestamp: 2017-03-16T21:32:21.852Z

Most Recent Ride Timestamp: 2017-03-16T21:23:48.661Z

Number of Unsaved Trips: 1

Total Number of Rides: 2

Example Request:

Notes: The above request will always return an error because the user has 1 unsaved trip.

Revoke OAuth Token

If you are testing the OAuth flow it may become necessary to revoke a previously granted OAuth Token. Use the following endpoint: //development //production