About City Cycle Planner
The Cycle Planner has been extended and now provides information on the best cycling routes in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick & Waterford, based on individual cycling capabilities.
You can use the Cycle Planner online or download the App. If you are new to cycling or getting out on the bike after a long break, the Cycle Planner will find a route that avoids roads with heavy traffic and also avoids difficult turns at busy junctions to help you get comfortable cycling your bike around town. You can download the app free from the Apple App store for iPhone and iPad, or Google Play store for Android devices.
For the more advanced cyclists the cycle planner will tell you about the most direct route to take whilst still recommending cycle tracks where they exist. The cycle planner covers Dublin city centre and all the larger towns around County Dublin as well as Cork City, Galway City, Limerick City and Waterford City. You can change between cities on the app very easily by using the Select City Buttons.
The cycle planner has a unique routing feature called Turn Difficulty Factor which helps the user not only to find the best route but also to pick the appropriate junctions and turns suiting their cycling capability. For example a person who chooses the “Easy route” setting will not be directed to take a difficult right turn at a busy junction. The Cycle Planner will look for an easier alternative way around that junction.
The App version comes with a “Save for offline use” feature so that you can navigate your cycling trip using the app without running up data or roaming charges.
Other features include:
- Find a cycle route via several stop offs
- Bring my bike on the train
- Use Dublin Bikes
- Avoid hills
- Co2 and calorie calculator
- Places of interest near my route
- Featured themed routes
- Hill profile
- Integrates with the National Journey Planner (for public transport)
- Feedback – Help improve the cycle planner
Coming Soon: Real time Bike Hire and Real time bike parking availability
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About Walking & Cycling
The City Cycle Planner, launched in late 2013 is now fully integrated into the Authority’s National Journey Planner. In September 2014, the Cycle Planner was extended to include the metropolitan areas of Cork, Limerick and Galway; Waterford will be added in the near future. Coca-Cola Zero Dublin Bike stations are currently present in the planner with the ability to plan all or part of a journey using a Coca-Cola Zero Dublin Bike. In January 2015 real time bike and space availability will be added to the Cycle Planner. Coca-Cola Zero bike stations and real time availability will also be fully integrated into the Regional City planners as these schemes are rolled out. The Cycle Planner can be accessed via an app or the Transport for Ireland website.
The National Transport Authority continues to support physical improvements to the walking and cycling environment through its Sustainable Transport Measures Grants Programme. €12.5m was spent on walking and cycling projects in 2011 in the Greater Dublin Area.
The National Transport Authority runs a “10 minute Cycle Challenge” every year and a Pedometer Challenge in association with The Irish Heart Foundation. Check out www.smartertravelworkplaces.ie for more information.