The Bike Hub smartphone app is a journey planner and bike shop finder. It has the world’s first bicycle route specific satnav functionality.
Cyclists could navigate with the TomTom app or any of the other multiple satnav apps available for smartphones, but none of these can guide users via bike shortcuts and cycle paths, because none of these satnav apps use the bike-specific routing engine from Cyclestreets.
Bike Hub - available for the iPhone and Android phones - has a 3D satnav function, with either a male or female voice to announce directions. Prior to turns, and when right upon them, the iPhone also vibrates, a feature not on any other satnav app or standalone satnav.
A user can attach an iPhone to handlebars and use the app with full-on 3D map mode with all the usual satnav info, or the iPhone can be hidden away in a pocket with voice guidance and vibration alerts only. In busy traffic, the voice is just about audible inside a pocket but use of one ear-bud would solve this problem.
The app was created to steer cyclists away from busy traffic. When on quiet cycle paths, the voice and vibration alerts work from within a pocket.
The voices on the app say street names out loud so you know exactly where you are when you’re riding along.
The bike shop locating tool works from the smartphone's location-aware GPS and can find shops within a six mile radious, or via the search function.
The Bike Hub app – which is free, thanks to the Bike Hub levy – is available now on the iTunes app store and in the Android Marketplace.
iTunes - Here
Android - Here
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