Bike Hub Cycle Journey planner
By Bike Hub
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Bike Hub 'cycle satnav' app finds quickest or quietest cycle routes in UK & Eire. It also locates nearest bike shops.
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A car satnav uses roads, the Bike Hub cycle satnav uses roads & cycle paths, including Sustrans routes. Bike Hub app uses bike-friendly short-cuts. NOTE: routing works in UK & Eire only (although it may work in some other countries).
"Discovered new, pleasant & direct routes that are right on my doorstep!" @KarlonSea
"I thought the fastest way to work was 18:40 minutes but after 2 years doing various different routes, you showed me a path and a couple of shortcuts that have reduced it to 16:50!" Andrew Norton, by email
App features turn-by-turn navigation, voice instructions & vibrating alerts.
The cycle routing is done via CycleStreets.net. This bicycle journey planning website uses mathematical graph theory algorithms to work out great bike routes. It's not just nodes and networks, Bike Hub mapping benefits from local, expert 'community' knowledge.
Choose ‘Quickest route' and you’ll be directed via roads (not motorways). Don’t care to mingle with motorised traffic? Choose ‘Quietest route' and the app will use OpenCycleMap to guide you along back-streets and, where available and sensible, cycle routes. The 'Balanced route' provides a good mix between the two extremes of 'Fastest route' & 'Quietest route'.
The Bike Hub app avoids hills where possible.
BIKE SHOP FINDER
Locate nearest bike shops in a 6-mile radius.
TOURING OR TRAINING
Journey planner can suggest A to B routes of up to a maximum of 100 miles.
Search for 'London cycle hire points' on the Planner's PoI page for stand locations.
PAIR WITH DEVICES
Apple Watch - display live turn-by-turn route instructions on your watch.
Wahoo RFLKT - display live turn-by-turn route instruction on Wahoo RFLKT screens.
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Do not pedal & navigate. Instead use a handlebar mount for your iPhone. If you decide to follow this app's suggested journey take extra care on any unfamiliar sections. Proceed at your own risk as routes change and quality cannot be guaranteed. Dismount when routing suggests using footways as shortcuts. Do NOT use when driving a car: routing is bike-specific.
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. NOTE: make sure to allow the app to 'know' your location when you first use it, or fix, later, in 'location settings'.
App relies on the network node coding of the Cyclestreets chaps and they, in turn, rely on the dedicated volunteers who upload fixes & new points of interest to OpenStreetMap.
This app is free because it was funded by the Bike Hub levy. This is a voluntary levy on most of the bicycles and bits sold in UK bike shops. The Bike Hub levy is operated by the Bicycle Association of GB and the Association of Cycle Traders. Bicycleassociation.org.uk.
BikeHub.co.uk is the news and features website funded by the levy scheme. The Bike Hub app was commissioned by BikeHub.co.uk editor Carlton Reid and produced by Tinderhouse.
Feedback on this app is welcome. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or @bikehub on Twitter. Please consider rating the app on iTunes. Thanks.
Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
What's New in Version 4.2.1
There have been some improvements with this, but some basic problems remain:
- it drains the battery at an astonishing rate - over 80% gone after a 20-minute ride on Tuesday
- and yet the screen still switches off after 5/10 minutes
- switching briefly to another app, even pulling up the bottom thing to change a song, renders the map blank - sometimes for several minutes
- the new routing is far less usable than the previous 'drop pin', I spend forever deleting the marker, dragging a bit, deleting again
- the route you should follow is far too narrow and indistinct, I keep missing turns. It needs to be fatter, and a different colour from e.g. roads.
- it doesn't display distance/time elapsed and remaining any more, which the old one did
- you can't save any favourite places other than home and work
- would be very useful to remember recent destinations instead of having to type the address every time
- a 'return journey' feature would be very welcome
Please sort it!
Nice idea but...
Nice idea but a few snags made me give up on it on day one. The deal breaker was when it directed me into an unfamiliar housing estate in a shady part of town as a short cut then the screen went blank and the app froze. Other problems are it is a bit cumbersome to programme (it likes postcodes rather than street names) and it takes ages to offer to recalculate if off planned route.
Poor selection of locations and not responsive when trying to set a route. Maybe abandonware?
- Category: Navigation
- Updated: 01 June 2017
- Version: 4.2.1
- Size: 26.5 MB
- Apple Watch: Yes
- Language: English
- Developer: BICYCLE ASSOCIATION OF GREAT BRITAIN LIMITED
- © Bicycle Association of GB
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.