CycleStreets: UK cycle journey planner and photomap
By CycleStreets Ltd
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UK-wide cycle journey planner CycleStreets on your mobile device! Cycle journey planner for cyclists, by cyclists.
"Great implementation of sat-nav. Very clear and easy to use. Hasn't crashed yet." - Benjamin Frost
"I've been using this as a satnav round London and the routes are superb - better than all the other planners." - borissimo
Plan routes from A to B anywhere in the UK, with a choice of four routing modes to suit a range of cyclists from beginner to regular commuter. And the Photomap lets you submit photos of infrastructure problems or good practice around the UK.
PLAN CYCLE ROUTES FROM A TO B
Select a start and finish point by clicking on the map, by searching for names/places/postcodes, or by using your current location, and click to obtain the route.
CHOICE OF FOUR ROUTING MODES
The app produces routes that will suit most cyclists. It can optionally can find faster or quieter routes for different types of rider. Routes are fetched from the CycleStreets website. You can switch the route type after planning it, and can save and rename and organise routes.
HILLS? NO PROBLEM!
The journey planner knows about hills, and finds routes that take advantage of the descents and avoids the ascents where possible. It balances these against the available road types. The route can be displayed on a map with contours using the OpenCycleMap option.
As well as the main map view, planned routes are loaded into an itinerary view, so you can follow each part of the journey. The street name, time and length are all shown, as is a detailed map for each individual stage of the journey. Routes are saved so you can also follow them again later.
The Photomap is a cycling advocacy tool used by campaign groups around the country. Use it to browse examples of problems or good practice, and add your own pictures. Need more cycle parking in your favourite spot in town? Sign in with a free account and add a photo of it to the Photomap.
Routing makes use of OpenStreetMap data, the brilliant 'geo-wiki' to which you can contribute. Note that, at present, some areas of the country have better coverage than others. Streets and paths of all kinds, including Sustrans routes and Local Authority network, are included. Routing quality is being developed all the time, with new types of cycling and street data being added and interpreted by the route planner.
Thanks to Neil Edwards for his hard work on this release.
What's New in Version 2.5.2
+ New Route & Photomap image sharing. (You can now share your selected route or photo by Twitter, email and SMS)
+ User submitted bug fixes, thanks for these!
Not very user friendly, I want to punch in start/finish postcodes to plan my route straight away, not drag flags around london, randomly pressing buttons to bring up other strange options.
The worst thing is the gps location finder is broken, often gets stuck on a single location rather than tracking your actual location, leaving you looking working it out yourself from the map (not much fun when lost!) a simple moving blue dot would be much better.
This would be great with a gps location fix and simpler route planning usability, until then just use their website (mobile version) as oddly it is more advanced and covers all the above!
Have planned a route from North Herts to Norfolk. The program has picked a good route which I am likely to try early next year. Easy to use. You can make easy changes to types of routes preferred. Not sure if I can send friends my planned routes...can't see that option yet. That would be a good option if possible. Great planner!
Finally figured the route planner - location doesn't work
Took me ages to figure out how to plan a complex route with lots of turns and often circular routes... the old Sustrans app used to do this so perfectly and gave distances as you plotted your route.
Got hopelessly lost today after I figured out the planner and set off, but my location stopped moving with me and got stuck after about 2km. A constant blue dot would be so much better - I spent all my time fiddling with iPhone and not getting on with my route!