New app to make cycling safer

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As the excitement builds towards the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in Yorkshire in July, a new free smart phone cycling app has been launched : “Cycle Yorkshire – Ride the Routes”. This complements a new DVD about safe cycling in urban areas – the ‘Urban Cycle Guide’.

The app is available for iPhones and androids and has been launched by the road safety partnerships across Yorkshire and the Humber. Only available since the end of March, it has already been downloaded by over 500 people. It can be downloaded from the istore and google play app stores.

The app offers road safety tips and advice on the more challenging aspects of the routes included in the Yorkshire Grand Départ, but is invaluable for any cyclist riding rural roads, with tips and hints to stay safe. It features film of pro-cyclist Jamie Sharpe cycling along different sections of the route.

For urban cyclists, the ‘Urban Cycle Guide’ gives tips and techniques to boost confidence when riding in towns and cities. The Guide is available on You Tube and on DVD from the council’s road safety team. It includes footage of a cycle instructor riding in an urban setting.

Councillor Chris Matthews, East Riding of Yorkshire Council portfolio holder for infrastructure, highways and emergency planning, said: “Cycling is a brilliant pasttime, and we know that many East Riding cyclists will want to try out the Yorkshire Grand Départ routes which are on our doorstep. The app has been designed so that cyclists can plan their rides before setting out and get tips from a pro-cyclist.

“The Urban Cycle Guide gives ‘bite size’ bits of information about negotiating urban roads, roundabouts and junctions. Both products are part of a wider project to promote cycling right across the region. I am delighted that road safety teams across Yorkshire and the Humber have worked together to produce a range of road safety advice, and have produced these excellent products.”

Both the app and the Guide have been produced by the road safety partnerships across Yorkshire and the Humber. Safer Roads Humber, the partnership which covers the East Riding, has been actively involved in the projects.