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. YouTube video: http://tinyurl.com/bikehubvideo
AS SEEN ON: Treehugger.com, Macworld.co.uk, The Register, BikeRadar.com, Road.cc, BBC.co.uk & The Sunday Times.
AWARD-WINNING: Winner of 2011 BikeBiz Award for 'Best Retail Initiative.
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.
"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
"Bike Hub is not the only cycling smartphone software...but neither app can match Bike Hub for finding cycle-friendly paths through unfamiliar cities and generating circular leisure routes on quiet roads and tracks."
Tim Dawson, 'Cycle Guy', The Sunday Times, April 8th 2012
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.
* Info on the Cycle to Work scheme
* Cycling and the law
* Best ever quotes about cycling.
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 3.5
Updated for iOS8 and iPhone 6 / 6 Plus
Updated to be compatible with iPad
Various bug fixes
This is a fairly good app, which could be a really good app, if not for a few annoying 'features'
1) can't seem to load a prepared route from favourites if no wi-fi or 3G connection available, even if you've already cached the map tiles you'll need for the route.
2) if you select a route from favourites, the blue 'load' button is partially obscured behind the red 'delete' button, meaning you can't see the legend on it and are in danger of deleting the route you've so lovingly prepared (iphone 4S).
3) out on the route, if you stop for a break, park your bike, the app seems to go to sleep and doesn't seem to resume navigating when you set off again (is this related to lack of signal out in the sticks?)
4) having planned a route on another app, with waypoints, I would like this app to refrain from sending me down supposedly cycle-friendly back-streets and 100 yard long lay-bys. Just stick to the planned route, please.
After a few days of using the app in turn-by-turn direction mode, I gave up on that, and just used it as a map tracking real-time progress, manually moving the map as I cycled along.
In summary, I would recommend anyone using the app to take along some sort of alternative back up paper map to assist, i.e. Do not rely solely on the app.
Don't get me wrong, I like the app, especially given that it's free of charge.
Useless for me
All I want is an app that lets me create a circular route, on a map, by clicking points, that then gives me voice directions as I go. The iPhone built in map thing does this but it's far too awkward (and if I change route on the fly it craps itself). Google maps also does this, but badly and it also has a fit if I stop for a breather.
So I hoped this app would solve it. Not. Even. Close. Nightmare interface. Slow maps. Stupid things happen - like the "download map" thing which then says 'select a portion of the screen'. Which then COVERS UP A PORTION OF THE SCREEN before you select. Come on - this is basic stuff.
Uninstalling. I may actually develop the app myself. It would be quicker than waiting until someone else works this out!
Not bad but needs more work
I have a Garmin cycle computer, so my proposed workflow would be to plan my route with this app (iPad) and then download it to the Garmin for live use.
Most days my cycle commute to work is just short of 20 miles each way, including lots of hills and road types from country lanes, through suburbs to a 4-lane bypass.
To test the app I gave it my start and finish points and let it do its thing. In general the results weren't bad although the "fast" route (pretty close to what I actually do) attempted to join two paths which can't be physically connected because they are actually at the top and bottom of the bypass road's embankment.
It is possible to export your routes as GPX files, so the app can be used with offline mapping software, or downloaded to a GPS device.
Overall, not too bad, but I would like to see some logical errors like the one highlighted, sorted out.
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- Category: Navigation
- Updated: 14 December 2014
- Version: 3.5
- Size: 24.0 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: BICYCLE ASSOCIATION OF GREAT BRITAIN LIMITED
- © Bicycle Association of GB
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.