If you’ve got an iPhone or an Android smartphone, it might be worth downloading the new iBiker app.
Part funded by the DfT, the app enables bikers to create and save routes, and places of interest such as meeting points, using what appears to be a custom version of Googlemaps.
The app connects with the biking community and can share routes via social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.
A video option offers links to bike maintenance, ‘myth busting’, POI and route videos, whilst ‘links’ takes you to Bikesafe and ERS (enhanced rider scheme).
The ‘myth busting’ equipment and maintenance videos feature James Toseland, the former double World Superbike Champion.
Gurminder Marwaha, from Redefine Convention, a social enterprise that manages the app, says:
“We have filmed more than 70 different routes in the country that will be well known, such as the Cat & Fiddle and Snake Pass, and have asked experienced police riders to highlight the common dangers on the road to bikers.
“We have been running online forums with bikers to help design iBiker, and incorporated loads of ideas to make this app a unique user experience. Bikers can download it via the iTunes and Android stores, and start using it to create their own personalised riding app.
“The response has been phenomenal and the app has received some amazing feedback on both Twitter and Facebook.”