First UK cycle journey planning app breaks into big time
Newcastle on Tyne, United Kingdom – Trade association the Bicycle Association of Great Britain released its first iPhone app on Saturday night and by Monday evening it was fourth in the free navigation apps category on iTunes. Bike Hub Cycle Journey planner, produced for BAGB by developer Tinderhouse of Kent, is aimed at new and hesitant cyclists, giving cycle-friendly journey planning information. The app is the first UK-wide journey planner to make use of the API of Cyclestreets, an internet-based cycle routing website.
Cyclestreets uses open-source mapping from OpenCycleMap via OpenStreetMap. Cyclestreets routing uses algorithms to find the best routes for cyclists, including off-road routes and cycle paths. Routes of up to 100 miles can be planned. App users choose whether the route to be planned is for confident, fast city cyclists or for slower recreational riders.
As well as routing, the app is a bike shop finder, locating nearest bicycle dealers in a six mile radius. The app was commissioned for the Bicycle Association’s website BikeHub.co.uk. Bike Hub is the UK bicycle industry’s levy scheme which pays for pro-cycling projects. BikeHub editor Carlton Reid said: “Using the Bike Hub app is like being guided by a friend who knows all the clever short-cuts.”
Bike Hub Cycle Journey planner also includes:
* A calendar of events
* News feed from BikeHub
* Best ever quotes about cycling
The Bike Hub app recommends users to not pedal and navigate, unless they have handlebar mounts for their iPhones. Route finding requires access to online mapping so, to use the journey planning and bike shop locator functions, the Bike Hub app requires Wifi or a mobile phone signal, preferably 3G.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.1.3 or later
* 7.3 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Bike Hub Cycle Journey planner 1.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Navigation category.
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