The Bike Hub cycle satnav smartphone app is to benefit from a new leisure routing function.
Currently, the levy-funded app works like a car satnav, although it routes cyclists on less busy roads and on bike paths. The routing is done from point A to point B, perhaps a journey from 'current position' to a postcode in an unfamiliar city. The new function will plot a circular route from A to A and will have a menu of 'points of interest' options.
The P.o.Is will include National Trust properties and features such as churches, stately homes and similar. This will make the app into a tool for cycle tourists, for day tours and for longer duration trips. The app can currently plot a route of 200 miles.
The Bike Hub app was released last year and is available on the iPhone and Android phones. As well as a journey planner (also available online) and satnav functions it has a bike shop locator, with IBD information supplied by the Association of Cycle Traders.
Bike Hub is a joint initiative of the Bicycle Association and the Association of Cycle Traders via the Bike Hub levy scheme. The objective of Bike Hub is to generate funds from within the cycle industry to support the future of cycling in the UK.
The routing engine for the Bike Hub app is supplied by Cyclestreets. Bike Hub has commissioned Cyclestreets to produce the A to A leisure routing as an exclusive for the Bike Hub app. The plan is for the new function to be ready within 2-3 months.
Leisure routing will be available on the main CycleStreets website and will be transferrable to the app.
Phillip Darnton, vice president of the Bicycle Association, said:
"The idea for the original app was to get more people cycling in cities. This it has done. The new function will get more people cycling in the countryside."
He added: "More people cycling, more often, is of direct benefit to the bicycle trade."