London Bike Rides iPhone app

Discover 30 of the best places to go cycling in London with the London Bike Rides iPhone app

Sip tea in a cafe along a peaceful canal route, pedal hard up challenging hills and leave the heavy London traffic behind as you discover another side to London.

Let the London Bike Rides iPhone app be your personal tour guide to great cycling in London!

Rides include:

  • A 35 mile cycle friendly loop around London’s main attractions and less explored eastern edges.
  • See London lit up at night with the Nightride route.
  • Fit your panniers or bike basket and explore London’s markets and independent shops.
  • Discover London’s architectural marvels from ancient churches to inspiring modern library designs.
  • Teach the kids to ride on the largely traffic-free Wandle Trail.
  • Get the training miles in along the Orpington route.
  • Get your bike and pretty much everything else muddy near the Epsom Downs.
  • Escape from London for the weekend and head for the seaside along quiet country lanes.

The app is perfect for those just embarking on their first cycling adventures to bike commuters and road cyclists.

The ride selection screen allows you to pick one of the London bike rides or use filters to narrow the results downThe ride overview screen is where you can read a brief overview of the ride and view video and picturesThe Google map view of the London ride shows you the route as well as points of interest you can tap to bring out more details

Pick the perfect ride for you, either by starting off in the nearest route to you or by filtering the rides down to your preferences. Whether that be for off road routes or long road rides.

Once you’ve picked a ride, you can read about the attractions along the way to visit. Sights such as Hampton Court Palace and King Henry’s mound in Richmond Park are included. There are also over 100 pictures and videos that give you an excellent overview of the ride before you set off.

Of course all the cycling is likely to lead to a big appetite. Cafe’s and pubs are listed as well as nearby bike shops.

There’s also an information section with tips such as what to bring with you to the rides and where to hire a bike from.

London Bike Rides app logoReviews

In the run up to the launch I gave out a few preview copies of the app. Here is one of the initial reviews:

“London Bike Rides app is fantastic! It caters for absolutely anyone with a bike and wanting to get out riding around London and beyond. The trips are well researched, thought-out and presented. The app is easy to use and has a number of handy hints too. I love that it’s not just about the exercise of the ride, there’s the interesting attractions, pub stops and bike shops factored into it too. The only problem is that I need more time to do all the routes in there!”

-Amanda L

Download London Bike Rides app now

The app can be downloaded from the link below for £3.99 £1.99

Download from iTunes now
£3.99 £1.99

London Bike Rides is available to download on the app store

Not on the iPhone? There is also the London Cycle Routes eBook.

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27 Responses to London Bike Rides iPhone app

  1. Mike 15/06/2011 at 8:38 am #

    Looks great, Andreas, but the big question is will there be a similarly discounted version for us impoverished, can’t-afford-an-iPhone, Android types? (Especially us rural types – it’s difficult asking for directions with a bit of straw in yer mouth!)

    • Andreas 15/06/2011 at 8:58 am #

      Hi Mike – a big question if ever there was one! Depending on the success of the iPhone version I’ll be releasing an Android version too. For now there is the London Cycle Routes eBook which contains GPS coordinates that can be followed on the Android (and PDF files that can be opened on the Android)

  2. Andreas 15/06/2011 at 10:23 am #

    Wow – thanks all who’ve already downloaded. Within hours of launch we’re in the Top 5 Sports apps!

    • Jeremy 15/06/2011 at 10:42 am #

      Guess that means we might be getting an Android version, then ? ;-)

      • Andreas 15/06/2011 at 6:58 pm #

        Keep eyes open for a petition I’ll be doing in a couple of week to see if we can get enough thumbs up for an Android version.

  3. Matt 15/06/2011 at 11:02 am #

    Hi Andreas just bought this assuming it worked with the gps on the iphone. Am I wrong? It’s still a great app otherwise…

  4. Matt 15/06/2011 at 11:04 am #

    Ignore that last message. It does….I just hadn’t pulled down the tab on the map and activated it!

  5. rick 15/06/2011 at 11:36 am #

    Hi Andreas, suggest you stick that link to itunes everywhere. That is what worked for us with our birdsuk and treesuk apps. Also strongly advise you do Android as it is now selling more and more; we have just overtaken Apple sales this month on Android. Good luck. Like to know who your developer is; pls can you pm me?

    • Andreas 15/06/2011 at 11:38 am #

      Thanks Rick – I’ll drop you a line now.

  6. Steve 15/06/2011 at 12:14 pm #

    Hello Andreas, Your iPhone app looks great. I live in New York City. Could you please make an app for those of us who live in the United States. I’d be your first custormer. When you take your next vacation you must visit the east coast where I live. Much more to see and do than the west coast. It’s nice to read what’s going on in England. Keep up the good work. Steve from New York

    • Andreas 15/06/2011 at 6:57 pm #

      Thanks Steve – much appreciated. I’m looking into expanding the app to other great cycling cities.

  7. lardboy 15/06/2011 at 1:29 pm #

    Looks like a nice little app, but it would be good to have the start and end shown on the map, otherwise you have to pick and hope. E.g. The Wandle trail would be a great ride for someone in Battersea, but there’s no indication it goes there. Unless I’m missing a setting of course.

  8. Alexander 16/06/2011 at 8:37 am #

    That’s a great app, exactly what I was looking for to inspire me to cycle more in parts of London that I don’t yet know. Thanks for recommending Cycle Hire App as well :)

    • Andreas 16/06/2011 at 9:00 am #

      You are very welcome Alex! We still need to grab that pint I’ve been promising. I’ll be in touch!

  9. Charles 16/06/2011 at 12:10 pm #

    Hi
    Does this work with the iPod or do you web access at all times?

    • Andreas 16/06/2011 at 1:17 pm #

      It doesn’t really work on the iPod touch – it needs the connection. Otherwise you’d be restricted to somewhere with WiFi.

      • Andrzej 16/06/2011 at 11:13 pm #

        Just bought this for an iPod Touch and found it needs a constant wi-fi connection — not really much use on the road. Could I suggest you make this clear on the app page?

        • Andreas 17/06/2011 at 11:37 am #

          Thanks for your email Andrzej – as I mentioned there I’m looking into adding cache-able maps into the next version if it is affordable.

  10. Donna 17/06/2011 at 9:56 am #

    Fantastic app, and can’t wait to try out the cycle routes and discover more of London. Having the route embedded in the map will make following a route so much easier!

  11. Andrew 17/06/2011 at 2:18 pm #

    Great app, looking forward to checking out the routes in the coming weeks.

    Just wondering if it’s possible to get the KML/GPS’y files from the app so they can be loaded onto a Garmin? I’m not a fan of hammering it around the countryside with £500 of iphone pinned to the handlebars and then stacking it…

    • James 19/11/2014 at 11:40 am #

      me too! I would have liked the option to export GPS from the app for use on my Garmin. Any chance you could email them to me?

      • Andreas 19/11/2014 at 2:34 pm #

        Hi James – get in touch, I’ll send you the GPS coordinates for your Garmin :)

  12. Tim 17/06/2011 at 2:53 pm #

    The city of London has the most marvellous of opportunities for cyclists yet equally can be daunting. This App straddles these two opposing thoughts giving advice and direction on routes of interest in and around London that can be tackled by people of all abilities. The iphone rightly takes its place on the bicycle as the must have accessory with a range of attachments to hold it in place now available. Most of the other cycling apps concentrate on navigation or fitness. This app is designed to give you a fun, informed and joyful day out whilst staying safe fit and healthy. The London Cyclist Blog has for some years now made a positive impact on cyclists lives in London. This app adds to that hepful resource and also opens out opportunities to those visiting the capital.

  13. Ck Ken 19/06/2011 at 1:10 pm #

    Enjoy cycling again with this app!

    Just the app I needed to get around London town on 2 wheels and actually enjoy it!

    Ace work.

    (*****)

  14. Peter Holland 22/06/2011 at 11:35 am #

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    Finally an App that can help and encourage more people to get on their bike! This app has it all, and as I am currently training for London to Paris it is perfect for Trying new routes and depending on time available, the routes are all tried and tested with mileage recorded! Tried the Jubilee Greenway route an loved it! The app also makes it accessible to new riders with details on bike hire and safety! It really covers all areas and me and my friends are ready to take on the dunwich dynamo soon! A must have app for all levels!

  15. Shaun McDonald 09/07/2011 at 12:13 pm #

    I think the app would be much better if it had an OpenStreetMap background rather than a Google Maps one, since OpenStreetMap has all the cycle and footpaths that Google tends not to include.

    • Andreas 10/07/2011 at 1:52 pm #

      Thanks for the feedback Shaun – I think you are right. Adding in an extra option of Open Cycle Maps will work well. I’ll ask the developer to look into this and see if it is feasible.

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