Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Useful apps for cyclists

With the majority owning smart phones and the rise in popularity of cycling it’s no surprise cycling has joined the app revolution. So can an app replace a map stuffed down your jacket?



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Cyclemeter
This fitness app utilises the GPS functions of Apple devices to create a host of statistics to help you log and improve your cycling performance. Records speed, time, distance and has an extensive array of workouts to follow, making it a virtual training partner. The app also includes built-in announcements, so that you don’t have to take your eyes off the road to know how you’re doing.
Available free (with optional upgrade to Elite version) for:  iOS
Strava
One of the most popular GPS cycling apps offers an array of handy ride logging functions which are then uploaded to your online Strava profile. The app keeps track of your ride stats as you travel, including speed, time and distance all the while tracking where you’ve been. At the end of your ride, you can view further stats such as calories burned and elevation ridden – plus whether you have set a new record on any of the numerous Strava segments.
Available free (with optional upgrade to premium member) for: iOSAndroid
Bike Hub Cycle Journey Planner
A Sat Nav for cyclists, Bike Hub Cycle Journey Planner will plot a route from your selected start and finish points using not only roads (omitting dual carriageways and motorways), but also cycle paths and bridleways. The app is UK only at present and uses mapping from cyclestreets.net. You can choose a range of routing options from quickest route to quietest route, and it will avoid hills ‘where possible’. There’s also a function to find bike shops in the locality-always handy!
Available free for: iOSAndroid
These apps get pretty good ratings from cycling websites. 2 other apps I have on my phone are BBC Weather (will track your location) and St Johns Ambulance first aid for cyclists.. both of which are free.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Check list for Cycling Safely

Cycling safety

Cyclists’ and drivers’ behaviour towards each other influences the road safety culture. Mutual respect helps safety.

Tips for Cyclists

1.          Follow the Highway Code 
2.          Be decisive, signal, make eye contact
3.          Keep clear of the kerb – at least one metre
4.          Keep your bike roadworthy (and able to fix punctures)
5.          Use lights and bright clothing
6.          Hang back until vehicle moves away from lights
7.          Never pass on left of vehicles – except on a cycle lane.

Tips for Drivers

1.  When turning left, double check for cyclists on your left
2.  Give cyclists 1.5 metres clearance when overtaking
3.  Dip headlights when cyclists approach
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