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Following my inaugural experience with one of London’s ‘Boris bikes’ I considered reviewing the slick Barclays Bikes app – the bank is the main sponsor of the cycle scheme in the capital. Yet apart from being too London-centric I didn’t want to find myself saying anything complimentary about the banking industry. So I checked …

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Step by step voice instructions are dangerous

like 'get off the fucking road you parasite' from all the nearby car drivers...

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Get a bicycle. You will not regret it. If you live.

Mark Twain.

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The CycleStreets web site

Is excellent - it found me a route home I'd have never known about that is safe and reasonably speedy.

Downloading now...

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In my experience if you are a confident cyclist it's very frustrating unless you choose the fastest route option. If you don't it sends you down little side streets that might be the shortest route, but definitely not the fastest (lots of junctions, parked cars and pedestrians to worry about).

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@The CycleStreets web site

Not such a good result for me ... its suggestion for the "quiet" route home for me goes via the Cribbs Causeway shopping centre and associated M5 junction! Admittedly the route is still described as "quite busy" whereas the route which mostly follows the route I take down the A38 is described as "very hostile"! Especially strange as the "quiet" route takes you down a section of 50mph dual carriage way while the "very hostile" A38 is 40mph with a bike lane!

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I want one that routes to avoid idiots -- e.g. minimize sum(1/IQ) of the people I pass!

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only as good as the database...

so if you have problems, create an account with openstreetmap and fix the route to add the information cyclestreets journeyplanner needs to plot a safer route or quicker route

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yay...

....on android too, downloading now :)

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JFK

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” – John F. Kennedy.

bloody hell, that's a harsh way to talk about Jackie, Marilyn etc etc etc etc etc etc....

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