Devon roads feature on iBiker app for motorcyclists
A NEW mobile phone application has been launched aimed at helping motorcyclists to ride Devon’s roads safely.
Devon County Council and Devon and Cornwall Police have taken part in the national scheme, funded by the Department for Transport, which has made a unique app available on the iPhone and other smartphones.
Motorcyclists who download the software onto their phone will be able to use it to:
– plan, plot, and save their rides as well as highlighting points of interest, such as pubs, cafes, cash points, petrol stations and meeting points;
– share their information with other bikers via social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, enabling them to comment on routes;
– sign up to BikeSafe and other enhanced rider post-test training.
The new technology uses British EuroRAP intelligence provided by the Road Safety Foundation that highlights “the most risky roads and routes in Britain” to bikers.
The app also includes videos with commentated rides of known collisions hot-spots and provides advice on how to ride safely and responsibly to steer clear of accidents. Britain’s World Superbike rider James Toseland is also supporting the scheme and stars in equipment and maintenance videos as part of the campaign.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “This is a great tool to help bikers enjoy Devon’s roads safely, whether they live in the county or are just visiting. Simply by accessing the app on their phone they’ll be able to make use of local knowledge to get the most out of their ride – whether it’s planning their route or getting more information on how to improve their riding skills.”
Sergeant Greg Jarrett, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “We in Devon have some of the best biking roads in the country. We hope that bikers will use these apps to help plan their routes and enjoy our roads to the full whilst understanding how to stay away from problems along the way.”
The app is managed by social enterprise business Redefine Convention. Gurminder Marwaha, the app’s creator, said: “We were delighted to team up with Devon County Council and Devon and Cornwall Police on this project. The video run-throughs they have provided will provide an invaluable resource to motorcyclists coming to enjoy Devon and Cornwall’s roads, and also help them pick up vital new skills and knowledge. The motorbiking community has played an important role in developing the app, and quite rightly as it has been designed specifically for them. Motorcyclists can be justifiably proud of the iBiker app.”
For more information, and the latest news about the iBiker app visit facebook.com/ibiker or www.ibikerapp.com.