People cycling in the Dublin region can now download the National Transport Authority’s cycle planner as an app.
Strangely, the app is only available for Android, but it is free and claims to help cyclists “plan and structure their trips”.
The app gives a range of information to users including “the level of traffic, the hilliness, banned right turns and, for those who are health conscious, the amount of calories burned,” says Gerry Murphy, chief executive of the National Transport Authority.
The app can also detail routes for all kinds of cyclists. The “Easier” option will suit starter cyclists, or people cycling with their children; it avoids heavy traffic and difficult junctions where possible, and favours park routes or off-road / residential options.
The “Balanced” option also favours the easier routes, but will suggest cycling on roads with light to moderate traffic where this delivers a more direct route and a faster journey time.
The “Direct” option returns the shortest route from A to B, using cycle tracks where these are available, but also incorporating cycling alongside heavy traffic if required.
For cyclists looking for inspiration for new and exciting routes, the planner also has pre-set maps installed for some of the more popular themed leisure routes in the region – including the Dodder River Cycle Way, the Dublin Bay Coastal Route and the Canal Cycle Ways.
A feedback button is provided on the app, so its developers can make it better based on suggestions from people who use it.