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CycleStreets: New iPhone app for cyclists

Cambridge (Global Adventures): CycleStreets, a not-for-profit organization, is powering a new API for the iPhone that provides a free-to-use route planner for the United Kingdom. The Bike Hub planner uses OpenStreetMap data for routing. So that Shuttle Radar Topography Mission for height data and official post code data.

The new Bike Hub iPhone app calculates the best bike-friendly routes to get from point A to B. Cyclist can plan their trip by including preferences such as the quietest or fastest route. Routes take advantage of descents and avoid ascents where possible. Planned routes are shown on a map and a stage-by-stage itinerary view. Trips are automatically saved so cyclists can follow them again at a later time.

Over half

the UK population lives within a mile of the National Cycle Network but how many people are aware that this fast, free and healthy transport option is on their doorstep. said Malcolm Shepherd, Chief Executive the UK’s Sustrans National Cycle Network. As the charity behind the Network we’re delighted to see it promoted as widely as possible as part of an iPhone app that will help people to get out more by bike for their everyday journeys.

CycleStreets is a development of the Cambridge Cycle Campaign Journey Planner and was launched on March 20, 2009. A feature to plan circular routes followed several months later. After that the development team added the possibility to export routes for use in GPS device in August 2009.

Cyclists

can include elevation profiles, route via ferry services and create balanced routes throughout the United Kingdom. Short video clips and images from Google Street View are available on the route description page to highlight points of interest. A name-finder allows cyclists to look up streets and cities and designate them as journey endpoints.

So I thought the roads on my South London commute were too dangerous for me to consider riding as an amateur. After that this showed me a brilliant alternative route on quiet back roads I’d never thought of without the app. So Going to ride to work most days now, wish I’d started ages ago.

Other features

currently available include bike-friendly events in the area and a bike-shop-finder within a six mile radius. CycleStreets and Bike Hub can count on a worldwide community of 300,000 map enthusiasts to keep the information available through the OpenStreetMap project up-to-date. Changes made by members of the community are usually available within hours.

The CycleStreets project was launched by the Cambridge Cycling Campaign, a community based group initiated by active cyclists in 2006. Bike Hub is currently only available in the UK.

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Chief Editor at Global Adventures Magazine

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