10 cycling apps for your commute
With summer solstice bringing long days and sunny skies, it’s a great time to think about switching up your commute and start cycling to work. Rachel Fitzell, One4all Inside Sales Manager, stated “It has been great to see employees making the switch to cycling, whether it’s for their health, the environment, or to save money. With Cyclescheme, businesses can benefit from our centralised platform and our dedicated team are there to help with any queries along the way.”
If you’ve decided to switch up your commute and start cycling, there will inevitably be some factors to take into the equation, including weather, transit time and potential roadblocks. Luckily, there are so many apps available nowadays that can easily prepare you for any of these circumstances and more. We’ve narrowed it down to our top 10 apps (available for Android and iOS) to make your day-to-day commute as smooth as possible.
Citymapper generates routes and transit times for cycling, as well as walking and public transport so you can compare journey times. You have the choice between quiet, regular, and fast cycling routes so you’re not limited to one route. It also provides turn-by-turn navigation with a map and audio instructions to guide you every step of the way. They’ll even point you in the direction of the nearest Dublin Bikes Dock, with a live update on how many bikes and spaces there are available at each station.
As the name suggests, Komoot is an essential tool for commuting on your bike, presenting an intuitive approach to estimating rides on your road bike, gravel bike or mountain bike. Once you select your bike journey type, the app will tailor the suggested route accordingly with a map to guide you. Additional benefits such as offline maps and voice navigation, on-tour weather updates and real-time location sharing are available on Komoot premium from as little as €4.99 per month.
- Google Maps
There’s a reason why this app is the go-to for many people who are looking to find the best way to get to their destination. Google Maps will reliably describe your location, your surroundings and how to get from A to B. While it may not always factor in some backtrails when it comes to cycling, it will provide consistent audio directions and cues as you ride. It’s also one of the more dependable apps when it comes to accurate journey times. It’s certainly one to keep on the phone for any impromptu journeys or if you’re unsure of how to get somewhere.
- Dublin Cycling Buddy
For those looking to make their way around the capital, this is a must. Users can use the app as a guest or create an account to join groups and back up their rides. Get started by selecting your skill level, your bike type, and your style of commute. Advanced route options include traffic preference, surface level, climbs, stairs, and pavement styles. Users can view live updates such as potholes, road closures and bike stands. They also have the option to upload objects to the app to notify fellow cyclists where these occur. Ran by Dublin City Council, the app also facilitates the incentive to fix these defects to prevent future accidents.
- Bike Repair
A handheld mechanic at your fingertips, the Bike Repair App contains 58 repair guides, with 95 top tips and 300 photos within them to help you fix issues as they arise. Users can also benefit from reminders when it’s time for bike maintenance, saving them from dead batteries, wear and tear, and flat tyres. Their handy “What to Wear” feature even advises on what attire to wear based on current weather conditions, so you’re always prepared before hitting the open road. The app costs €3.49 - Reasonable when you consider the amount that you’ll save on costly trips to repair shops. Top Tip: Make sure you wear gloves when using the app so you don’t get oil or grime on the screen.
What makes AccuWeather stand out as a weather app is that you can filter the forecast by hourly, daily, and even monthly so you can plan your day-to-day commute as well as forecasting days where it might be best to layer up or work from home to avoid a downpour – ideal for those with hybrid working flexibility. The app also provides real-time temperature and real feel updates, as well as allergy, humidity, and max wind reports to help you plan your commute.
A must for the more competitive cyclists. Whether you’re competing with yourself or your peers. The free version tracks speed, distance, and routes and permits users to follow and comment on others’ rides by following athletes and syncing Facebook or contacts to connect with friends. Upgrading to the premium version (available for €7.99 per month or €59.99 per year) will enable users to compare performance on specific “segments” such as a local climb or stretch. Top Tip: Make sure to set a “privacy zone” around your home and workplace to prevent bike theft.
With Cyclemeter, you can track just about every metric you can think of when it comes to cycling performance. View ride distance, time, calories burned, speed, average speed, height gained and more. Data is stored on your device so there’s no need to go online to begin tracking or view past performance. Users can connect with friends and even track their live cycling routes if permitted to do so. If you choose to upgrade to the Elite version for €10.99 per year, you can benefit from heart rate tracking, bike cadence, training plans, weather data, automatic Strava uploads and more.
- TFI Journey Planner
This one is mainly for bike-rail commuters. The Transport for Ireland Journey Planner App provides up-to-date information on departures and delays, along with estimated arrival times. Set your preferred mode of transportation in the app settings and save your regular journeys to easily view travel updates in real-time and plan for alternative routes as soon as any disruptions arise.
An excellent tool for anyone looking to fuel their rides, track calories burned from cycling, meal plan for the week ahead and so much more. The MyFitnessPal app has a barcode scanner enabling users to quickly scan and add to their food diary with a database of over 2 million foods to assist in their tracking. Users can set individual nutrition goals and the app will highlight which foods are rich in specific macro and micronutrients to further help in optimising nutrition along with fitness goals. Users can log their daily cycling workouts manually via the app or pair with fitness trackers like Fitbit, Garmin, Cyclemeter, and Strava.