Description

Bike Hub 'cycle satnav' app finds quickest or quietest cycle routes in UK & Eire. It also locates nearest bike shops.

AS SEEN ON: Treehugger.com, Macworld.co.uk, The Register, BikeRadar.com, Road.cc, BBC.co.uk & The Sunday Times.

AWARD-WINNING: Winner of BikeBiz Award for 'Best Retail' Initiative.

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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).

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"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

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TURN-BY-TURN
App features turn-by-turn navigation, voice instructions & vibrating alerts.

BICYCLE NAVIGATION
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.

ROUTE/SPEED OPTIONS
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.

BORIS BIKES
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.

EXTRAS
* Info on the Cycle to Work scheme
* Cycling and the law
* Best ever quotes about cycling.

SAFETY
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.

TECH SPEC
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'.

CROWD-SOURCED DATA
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.

WHY FREE?
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
Feedback on this app is welcome. Contact carltonreid@mac.com 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

Version 4.2.1

General improvements

Ratings and Reviews

Unclear

oriam

Tells me to enter a starting point when "current location" is locked in. I finally got a start and end point to lock in (short 4 mike ride) now it tells me "your destination is too far away"... 4 miles? Read great reviews, but after 10 minutes of tinkering I'll just use walking directions in Maps. I guess it could be user error, but I've used similar apps for running and backpacking, so the interface has to take some of the blame.

Doesn't work...at all

nicohenry

Given that it won't recognize any addresses (a serious problem), I tried dropping pins to set my destination. Attempting to make a one-block route, I got the error that my destination was too far away!

Maybe it works in the UK or something, but definitely not for me, in the U.S. Disappointing because I'd heard you could customize a route and then use voice navigation with it. Would love to see someone implement this...

Does not work in the US

Schlau

Downloaded app to try to find the best bike route from my home to a popular bike trail nearby (Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA). The app found my current location, and couldn't find 'Rose Bowl' anywhere, so I dropped a pin at where it was located, and had the app plot the route (8 miles away, google maps tell me).

The route tells me that 'your destination is too far away, please search again'.

This app does not work outside England, it seems.

Information

Seller
BICYCLE ASSOCIATION OF GREAT BRITAIN LIMITED
Size
26.5 MB
Category
Navigation
Compatibility
Requires iOS 8.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Languages
English
Age Rating
Rated 4+
Location
This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
Copyright
© Bicycle Association of GB
Price
Free

Supports

  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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