Cycle Route Planner

Planning well can significantly improve any cycling experience. The steps I have outlined to become a Cycle Route Planner are guidelines of how to do this. There are many types of cycling and each of us has different and sometimes specific preferences. From long to short, from intensive to casual, I believe that carefully planning your own route can help you to enjoy your time cycling to its full potential.

How can cyclists stay safe on the roads?

Cycling safely is not so much a matter of rules as being aware of the road around you. Making sure that you are visible to the cars on the road is an invaluable use of your time. There is disagreement whether or not cycle helmets can decrease your chance of injury. At the same time, few people believe that helmets can actually harm you and so perhaps it is worth the hassle for that small chance that a helmet can save your life.

Transport Direct’s Cycle Route Planner: a huge waste of taxpayers’ money?

The government has put £2,383,739 of its transport budget into creating a Cycle Route Planner for Transport Direct’s website. However, a website called CycleStreets already existed. In a direct comparison, CycleStreets generally appears to be the more effective Cycle Route Planner. How can they justify this huge sum? The answer is: I do not think it can, and the money spent appears to be a huge waste of tax-payers’ money.

Cycle Route Planner

Planning well can significantly improve any cycling experience. The steps I have outlined to become a Cycle Route Planner are guidelines of how to do this. There are many types of cycling and each of us has different and sometimes specific preferences. From long to short, from intensive to casual, I believe that carefully planning your own route can help you to enjoy your time cycling to its full potential.

Cycle Route Planner

Cycling is becoming an increasingly popular sport.  Whether for transport to work or for leisure and mountain-biking, more and more of us are getting on our bicycles and exploring the available cycle routes in our areas.  As an outdoor sport, cycling attracts riders who enjoy the rush as they speed through the wind, who want to see the world from a perspective other than a car window and those who simply want to do exercise. It is also versatile and can get us from A to B.  A cycle route can be one official path or road, a recommended cycle trail or alternatively it can be something that you yourself have designed to take you where you want to go or cycle through areas that are of interest to you. Many of us prefer to vary our routes and so being able to plan your own is an invaluable skill. With Cycle Route Planner we aim to guide you through the things you may want to know before planning your route.  Advice and conscious thought on where to cycle can significantly improve your cycling experience and so I think it is very important to plan your route carefully bearing in mind why it is you want to cycle.

 

How to become a Cycle Route Planner

When planning a route, a good place to start is to decide if you have a particular destination in mind.  Having a point A (where you are leaving from) and a point B (where you intend to end up) is the central concern of planning a route.  If you initially have no plans for destination then there are many things to consider when choosing one.

Firstly, what sort of cycling do you intend to do?  Cycling for an hour is very different to cycling for a day or a week.  Likewise, cycling along roads particularly in busy towns and cities is very different to trails within the country.  Knowing how far you are willing to travel for cycling is useful as finding a cycle route from your house can be possible but then certain areas of the country are famed for their use for cyclists.

When cycling shorter distances, a useful point of call for a Cycle Route Planner is the National Cycle Network.  A company known as Sustrans (Sustainable Transport) has introduced more than 13,000 miles of cycle routes to the UK. These paths are marked with blue signage and are quite common throughout the country and it is likely you will be able to find one close to your home.  Alternatively local initiatives and signs can be very helpful and relevant.

If you intend to cycle a longer way, then finding a substantial route of interest is important to any Cycle Route Planner.  As I’ve written above, some areas of the country are famous for the number of cyclists who visit them each year, undoubtedly as their features are geared towards cyclists needs.  One that springs to my mind is the Forest of Deanwhere there is a network of forest paths of varied lengths and difficulty that are all inter-connected.  This area is great for cycling all day or for cycling on and off over a few days whilst staying in the forest.  Having cycled there this summer, I would recommend it. This is, however, only one of the many cycling areas you will find mentioned over the internet and cycling sites.  Another approach to cycling longer distances is, again, to choose a destination and a plot a route that varies between terrain and road and so is one of much interest.  This is very much a matter of your choice and I can give no specific advice on the subject as your own likes and dislikes will determine where you choose to go.  If you are travelling away from home I would additionally include appropriate places to park vehicles in your search.  Once a destination of an appropriate distance has been picked, I would suggest initially going to Google Maps to scout the area and spot things that would incline you to pick certain roads and tracks.

Being a successful Cycle Route Planner takes these things into account. Once you have picked a destination, your next step would undoubtedly be studying a map.  I would personally say that the more detailed your map is the more helpful it will be when planning your cycle route but that Google Maps can also be incredibly useful for your initial searches. If your destination is popular among cyclists then you may find that the opinions of others are again very useful.  If not, first look at how the roads and paths link from your point A to your point B.  Admittedly my destination would likely to be a pub or restaurant so making sure that point A is not too far from point B is an important step in the process. A second thing I would consider would be the steepness of the trail.  The more ambitious the cyclist the more important the variety of natural features will be.  If you want a challenging ride you probably want to look for more steep uphill paths and forestry than the more casual cyclist.

Careful annotating of your map will be helpful in making sure you stick to your cycle route.  From personal experience, I’d say that a Cycle Route Planner has a better chance of a successful cycle journey if their plan is clearly marked and easy to follow. Readingand having a strong understanding of your route can be critical to how well you follow it.  Getting lost can make life interesting but ultimately this is a failure of your planning.

Being a Cycle Route Planner is putting time and effort into making sure you cycle route is geared to your own interests.  We all like to cycle in different conditions but when first trying a route being aware of cyclist opinion is invaluable.  The key things to bear in mind are to explore all the available options and to plan carefully.

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