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Bike Hub app, the 'satnav for cyclists' now launched for Android phones

Industry-funded app extends reach beyond iPhone users

The Bike Hub iPhone app – dubbed ‘the satnav for cyclists’ – has gained a lot of rave reviews on Apple’s App Store since it was launched in September, but those of us using phones based on Google’s Android operating system have been feeling left out. Now, however, the waiting is over, with the app now available on the Android Market Place.

The app can be downloaded for free, its development funded by the Bike Hub levy on UK bike suppliers and bicycle retailers, and can be found in the Travel & Local category when browsing apps on your Android device.

The Bike Hub website has provides a guide on how to download the app, broken down into three easy-to-follow steps:

1. Open up the “Market” app on your Android device.
2. Search the App Market for “Bike Hub”
3. Download, install, and enjoy!

The app allows you to plan journeys by bike, using multiple waypoints, and enables ‘favourites’ to be saved. Other features include a ‘More’ section, which contains articles on the Cycle to Work scheme, the law as it relates to cycling, and quotes about bicycles and cycling.

At 3.4mb, the app will need to be saved to the SD card of certain Android phones with limited internal memory, and an update to the initial version of the app allows for saving to SD cards.

Some features in the iPhone app have not yet been incorporated into the Android one, although Bike Hub says they will be incorporated in an update due in January. Tjhose features are the bike shop finder, news, events, and full satnav functionality.

Both apps use cycle-specific route planning provided by Cyclestreets, showing fast, balanced or quiet routes charted on the OpenCycleMap via community resource OpenStreetMaps.

 

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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