On Friday, we let you know about the updated Toronto Bike Map, which plots out the city’s bikelanes (using info from the Open Data project) and offers directions between addresses. Yesterday, BlogTO reviewed all 4 Toronto cycling apps, and it’s great information so we’re going to do a quick rundown of them here for you (you can find more info on the BlogTO post):
This is the app to use if you want all of Toronto’s bikelanes (and signed bike routes, and recreational trails) plotted out on a map for you. It also uses Google Maps Bike Directions to offer routes between addresses – which is mostly pretty accurate (it’ll recommend bikelaned streets if available), but not perfect.
This app does one thing and does it really well. It maps out bikeshops for you. It not only tells you where the closest shops are, depending on where you are, but it includes a photo of the shop and the shop hours – so you don’t have to worry about showing up and the shop being closed.
This seems to be the most accurate directions app – as user information seems to be incorporated into the directions function. This app also maps out bikeshops. It does not map out bikelanes though, which, to me is a big drawback for an app called “Ride The City”.
This is the Bixi app – it only has Montreal Bixi info right now, but should be updated shortly after May 3rd, when Bixi Toronto launches. This app will show us where the closest Bixi Toronto bike docking stations are, and if there are either a) available bikes (if we are looking at picking one up) or b) available spots (if we are looking at dropping one off)