Android Cycle Planner App for Dublin

The National Transport Authority has today released a Dublin Cycle Planner App for Android.

The app does route planning between two addresses, and can tailor the route to suit different levels of cycling.  You can select Easier Routes that avoid heavy traffic, Direct Routes that may use busy roads, or something in between Рand can even help you avoid hills.

You can save the routes for off-line use, which avoids too much data use – and the app can track you progress, and give an audible warning if you go off route!

At the moment it just covers the Dublin area bordered by the areas of Swords, Howth, Bray and Lucan.

App Screen Shot
App Screen Shot

I’ve only had a bit of a play with the app, but I do like the feature of warning you where you’re likely to encounter heavy traffic (“red cars” symbol), and where there are bus lanes or cycle lanes on the road.

However I’m not entirely taken with some of the route options offered. When I searched under the ‘Easier’ route option for my route home from work, it wanted to take me 2km out of the way, just to avoid a main road – but had no problem suggesting I cross said main road several times.

Anyway, it’s probably worth checking out – as no doubt the quality of the app will increase over time, and it could end up being really useful.

Richard Bloomfield

Richard is the founder of Dublin Bike Blog. He commutes to work every day by bike, come rain or shine, on his Dutch city bike. You can read more from Richard on his blog

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