Getting around cities is easier than ever and you could use a mix of transport from a hired bike, the underground, bus or even a hired street "car club" car. However, how do you know where to go? Do you use a GPS? Those are decent options; however, they are designed for cars and not for bikes which can create routing issues, especially in terms of safety. You’d want to cycle on paths which are safer for cyclists and also where you can take in a bit of scenery without weaving in and out of cars.
CycleMaps is a simple, intuitive and reliable GPS mapping app specifically targeted at cyclists. It provides bike-friendly features, and allows you to plan your bike routes, quickly, easily and even offers information about your route such as surface, elevation, distance and other features which are useful when you’re pedalling yourself to various destinations.
The app also enables you to discover new routes using the ‘Explore’ function. This includes well known cycle routes but also shared cycle routes by other users. You are also able to plot multi-routes with several stops offs throughout the city if you have several places to go and need to know the best options.
Another exciting feature of the CycleMaps app is the bike sharing option. Since many cities now offer a bike sharing scheme, it will let you locate where the nearest bike sharing stations are available and keep you updated on availability in each location and factor in walking speed to the nearest station to your current location and final destination, meaning you get a total travel time, not just the time spent on your bike.
Another exciting feature not seen on many other apps is the points of interest app. It will show you the restrooms, water, bike shops and scenic look outs on the way on your trip! It also has a paid for upgrade which enables you to access information about the cycling network, real-time bike share info, voice navigation, zero ads, and discounts from their partners.
The app is great, but the ads in the paid for version can be frustrating, and there are a few options available for free which include similar features.