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Saturday 30 August 2014

New app makes cycling easier

Nicola dennehy

Published 07/01/2014 | 05:32

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Alan Kelly TD, Minister for Commuter and Public Transport with children, from left: Mark Casey 8, Beaumount; Rebecca Moriarty 7, Malahide; Max Donovan 7, Navan Road; Jody Costello, 8, Malahide; at the launch of the New Cycle Planner App which allows people to customise their bike trips.

A NEW online Cycle Planner, covering an area from Malahide and Swords to Bray, Lucan and Clonee, has been launched which people can use to easily map out different cycle routes.

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With cycling growing more and more as a leisure amenity and means of transport to work in the Fingal area, the new App is another step towards creating a cycling-friendly culture for all ages.

Cyclists will see immediately how useful the new simple-to-use Cycle Planner is in helping them plan and structure their trips. People can plan their journey at home, exploring how many different places they can cycle and how long it will take. They can store the route in their smartphone and use it when they're offline.

Launching the new App, Alan Kelly, TD, Minister for Commuter and Public Transport said: 'Cycling has taken off massively in Dublin and it will assist people of all cycling levels get to and from work, cycle for leisure, go for a bike ride with their kids or for any other reason people may wish to cycle.

Gerry Murphy, Chief Executive of the National Transport Authority said: 'Cycling is on the up and up and this new App planner will be really handy for cyclists of all levels and experience. If you have young children and want a quiet route, it will guide you. If you are looking for your quickest way to work or college it will show you. And for those who use the great Dublin Bikes scheme it links into those locations and show journey routes from the stand where you pick up your bike.'

He said each year the National Transport Authority is investing significant capital sums in more off-road provision and better on-road arrangements.

'This planner fills a big gap with its clear display of options showing the level of traffic, the hilliness, banned right turns, and for those who are health conscious, the amount of calories burned,' added Mr Murphy.

'We hope this Planner will help those who wish to cycle a little more frequently and also will encourage people to try new routes, perhaps in their leisure time.'

The App is now available online at http://www.journeyplanner.transportforireland.ie/cp and in the Google Play Store as a free App for Android devices. The App will be available, free of charge, in Apple's App store in the next few days.

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