Sustrans has come over all Martini with its new 'Complete National Cycle Network' app, giving access to over 25,000 miles of route no matter where you are or what you're doing.
Free to download from iTunes soon, the app will include all 13,000 miles of National Cycle Network and a further 12,000 miles of regional and local routes and links. It's designed to be useful to those on bike or on foot, whether you're commuting in a city, bimbling around the countryside or just trying to find a traffic-free route from A to B.
Routes, based on OS mapping, are shown at 1:10,000 scale, and the app integrates with the public transport network and provides links to the Transport Direct journey planning website, making it easier to get train and bus updates from any location.
Route developments will be updated fortnightly, and there's the facility to plan routes and save or share them, as well as GPS tracking as you walk or ride. It'll even tell you where the nearest tea shop is, or LBS, or police station....
Martyn Brunty, Sustrans' Development Manager for the Network, says "Whether it's getting around locally, finding your nearest bus stop or supermarket, a safer route to school, or looking for places to go, this is as invaluable everyday tool that anyone can use. The high standards Sustrans has applied in developing the National Cycle Network mean it shows the best routes for walking and cycling across the UK, and the level of local detail, no matter where you are, makes it a great 'go-to' app for local knowledge, everyday travel or leisure."
The app will only be available for iPhone, but Sustrans' online mapping facility is being improved for Android users at the same time, and there are hopes that a version for Android will become available in the future.
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.