Get on your bike for a healthy hobby
Just in time to help with New Year resolutions, the National Transport Authority has launched a free Cycle Planner, which people can use to easily map out different cycle routes in the Dublin region.
It covers from Malahide and Swords south to Bray, and as far west as Lucan and Clonee. It 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.
People can plan their journey at home, exploring where they can cycle and how long it will take. They can store the route in their smartphone and use it when they're offline.
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 of experience.
"And for those who use the great Dublin Bikes scheme, it links into those locations and shows journey routes from the stand where you pick up your bike.
"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."