London Transport Museum to feature Bike Hub app in tech expo

The levy-funded smartphone app will be highlighted in Sense and the City, an exhibition about being “connected and on the move”.

A new exhibition at London Transport Museum will explore how people in the past imagined the London of the future and how new technology will influence city living over the next ten years.

“While the urban landscape will look much the same in 2021 as it does today in terms of buildings, transport infrastructure and even vehicles, our ability to sense and connect to all that the city has to offer is about to be transformed by the convergence of data and communication technologies,” said a statement from London Transport Museum.

The Sense and the City exhibition will explore the differences this revolution of connectivity, networking, architecture, town planning and energy will make to our lives over the next ten years. The exhibition has been developed in partnership with the Royal College of Arts.

Alongside high-tech vehicles, the exhibition will feature smartphone navigation, including the Bike Hub cycling-specific satnav.

This app allows cyclists to plan cycle journeys and find bike shops while out and about. Bike Hub app is available for iPhone and Android and is free thanks to the Bike Hub levy.

The app, created to steer cyclists away from busy roads, has a full-on 3D map mode and all of the usual satnav info that drivers are used to, but can route on bike paths, bridleways and the Sustrans National Cycle Network.

Sense and the City will be staged in the CBS Outdoor Gallery at London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London and will open in July and run until March 2012.

Bike the Yorkshire Dales with new app

The Yorkshire Dales National Park has created a free iPhone app to help visitors to the region. It includes OS mapping for cyclists.

The new Yorkshire Dales National Park app is the first iPhone app produced by a UK National Park Authority.

The app has all the usual touristy info but also has walking, cycling and mountain biking routes, overlaid on mapping from Ordnance Survey.

The app has been paid for by Go Dales!, a project run by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) with funding from Sport England.

Just as the Bike Hub app is designed to get more people cycling, the YDNPA app was created to “inspire people to get active in our protected landscapes,” said Go Dales!

Available on iPhone, it will also be available on Android and other devices at a later date.

The app is based on two locations – Malham and Hawes – although more will follow as app updates.

The app includes points of interest to hunt for around each village, 360 degree panoramic views, and fifteen suggested walks and bike routes.

Kath Needham, the Go Dales! project officer, said: “We have created a resource to offer inspiration on the types of activities on offer in the National Park.

“Go Dales! research suggests that even though participants may have been introduced to the wonders of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, some may hesitate to return through lack of ideas about things they can do and places they can go. The app will provide a lot of answers so they can plan their visit in advance.”

Karen Griffiths, the YDNPA’s Interpretation Officer, said: “The app contains a pool of pop-up info about the National Park, concentrated around Malham and Hawes, but with some general stuff too.

“It means you can use GPS on your iPhone to explore the National Park and it will alert you to points of interest – archaeology, history, scenery, landscape.

“It’s your own personal, digital guide in your pocket.”

Bike Hub app to plot leisure routes

The A to B cycle satnav app is to get an exclusive A to A leisure routing option, sticky to points of interest.

Currently, the 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 PoIs 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 shop 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.”

Bike Hub smartphone apps can now route for 200 miles

Thanks to the routing engine gurus at Cyclestreets, the iPhone and Android Bike Hub apps can now work out cycle-friendly routes for a stonking 200 miles, double the previous distance.

The Android app is free and can be found in the Android Marketplace. The iPhone app is also free and can be downloaded from the App Store.

Smartphone users should bear in mind that long journeys result in more data being transmitted so a slower response should be expected. The generation of the route and its metadata also takes a little longer.

As 200 miles is probably too far for most cyclists to do in a day – or on one smartphone battery – it’s best to plan such routes on a desktop machine first. Do this on our web-based Cycle Route Planner.