Expert planned cycle rides from leading publishers including CycleCity Guides, Cordee Publishing, Shropshire County Council, and Nick Cotton Rides are now available to download direct to mobile phones.
The deal means that from today, in addition to being able to access routes via the cycleroutes.com website itself, people with the ViewRanger app on their smartphone can browse, select, purchase, and instantly download full navigation and route instruction information directly to their phone anywhere they want. Once stored, the map, route and content is held on the phone, so will work even without mobile coverage.
Available on iPhone, Android and Symbian phones, ViewRanger allows cyclists to choose to view their location and routes on either OpenCycleMap* as standard or upgrade to view on Ordnance Survey (1:50,000 Landranger or 1:25,000 Explorer) mapping.
The search function of the app which allows the user to find any of the rides by name, brand or location, lets people takes full advantage of the huge range of routes from sources including: Traffic-Free Cycle Trails, the best-selling guidebook from CycleCity Guides; the Cycle Tours series from Cordee Publishing; the popular Coast-to-Coast (C2C) route in Northern England (in stages) from Excellent Books; and scores of rides from Nick Cotton, renown author of more than 40 cycling guides across the country.
Martin Whitfield, director of CycleCity Guides and the driving force behind cycleroutes.com , said the partnership with ViewRanger meant users were being offered maximum choice in the way they wished to view their rides. “We know that people with smartphones want to download directly to their phones and they can now do that through the excellent ViewRanger App,” he said.
Commenting on the launch, ViewRanger CEO Craig Wareham said “We are delighted that cycleroutes.com has partnered with us as their mobile publishing platform. Whilst ViewRanger’s core user community has been with walkers, we are seeing an increasing following amongst cyclists – both on and off-road, so the ability to download GPS enabled routes, navigation and content from such an exciting range of trusted authors will be of real benefit to our customers.”
*© 2011 OpenStreetMap, CC-BY-SA & contributors
ViewRanger is the award winning mobile phone application which delivers GPS navigation, mapping and location-based content to consumers and professionals worldwide. ViewRanger has been running on a range of Symbian devices for over three years and in 2010 launched on Apple iOS (iPhone/iPad) and on Android OS devices.
ViewRanger’s mapping & GPS capabilities work virtually anywhere in the world using global Open sourced mapping. Additionally the app can run full topographic maps in a growing number of countries, including Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Ireland, parts of Italy, Norway, New Zealand, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, USA through licencing agreements with national mapping agencies.
The app is also a powerful GPS-enabled mobile publishing platform which is being used by a rapidly growing range of content owners such as tourist boards, media & services companies and community bodies to deliver routes, links, information and content including audio/video directly to smartphones.
ViewRanger is developed and marketed by Cambridge, UK based Angel funded software development company Augmentra Ltd.
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Cycleroutes.com is a joint venture between CycleCity Guides and Mapyx. CycleCity Guides is a leading cycle map producer, which works for many local authorities, and publisher of its own cycling guides, such as the ever-popular Traffic-Free Cycle Trails. The company’s surveyors are currently completing a full survey of cycle routes in all towns and cities of more than 30,000 people for the Department of Transport’s Transport Direct internet journey planner. Mapyx are experts in the field of digital mapping, offers easy to follow printed maps for PDF download as well as full instructions or a generic electronic GPX file. Contact: Martin Whitfield, Director. Tel: 01373 453533.