Info for Cyclists
Biking is not only fun leisure activity, it also has become an important and growing part of the modale mix of transport when moving around a city. When weather permits, cycling provides commuters with a healthy alternative to a car or use of public transport. Whatmore, tourists are beginning to discover one of the best ways to explore a city and discover new places. Bikes are a environmentally friendly means of transport whose transportation can be achieved with comparably low emissions and low investment costs. Their increased use also reduces the strain on the infrastructure of the IT and PT networks, which have been stretched to their limits in some cities. Mainly for this reason, many transport authorities have projects to encourage commuters to cycle to work and no longer see it as competition, but as a valuable complement to their transport services.
The most vital part of cycling is the route planning. In contrast to using a car or public transportation, cyclists are not always interested in getting from point A to point B with the with the quickest route. Instead, other criteria may be more salient like preferring small streets to major roads, avoiding hills and climbs, and the integration of posted cycle paths. Additionally, journey legs can be part of an intermodal route. The EFA journey planner can find routes with Bike&Ride and rental bikes, and include cycle transport in public transport scenarios.
Real-time information is also important for cyclists. For this reason EFA can account for real-time information like the availability of bicycle parking, rental bikes and even the weather into the routing of a journey. In many large cities the use of rental bikes has become popular both for tourists and for local residents. Entering a destination into EFA finds the quickest route to the next available rental bike, and from that location, either directly to the destination or to the return station closest to the destination.
The EFA cycle route planner is available both as a web application on the internet and as a mobile app for Android and iOS.