2 free applications which will accompany you in all of your journeys on the bicycle

Photography by Paul Green

Photography by Paul Green

If you are thinking of a good plan to ride your bicycle or if you are just using it normally and you want to measure all its physical benefits, it will be very useful for you take one of these two applications in your mobile phone.

Strava

This application will save all your records of time and distance. You will control the frequency of your sport practice and this will make it more difficult for you to distract yourself. You can mark all the routes that you will do and share them later; or the other way around, you can consult the routes done by the other users. In addition, you can access the Challenges section, a good way to surpass yourself. And the most interesting thing, you can follow and be followed, so you will always be connected with your friends, be able to follow their improvements and, at times, provoke them.

Endomondo

In the same line, we have this other (one) application. This is perfect if you like to practice more than one sport. It is very easy to use, you only need to choose your sport and push the play, the pause or the stop whenever you are practicing it. You will be able to see your route on a map and measure the time, the distance, the calories and the heart rate. You can mark your challenges, join a shared challenges with your friends or with the rest of the community. In addition, you can combine this application with “Try MyFitnessPal”, another application about nutrition.

So, now you don’t have any excuses, ask your friends about which application they are already using and go to pedal your bicycle!

The bicycle’s importance to improve mobility of the cities in the ‘Smart City Expo’ of Barcelona

This week the Smart City Expo in Barcelona is taking place, in which, among many other things, the importance of reducing city traffic jams are being talked about. Which is our favourite proposal? The use of the bicycle, of course.

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Photography by Frank Müller

During the last years, the interest in improving circulation in cities, the pollution and the level of life in general through the bicycle has stopped being only an interest of the society. City Halls and important firms at a technological level, for different reasons, are seeing an opportunity in this simple transport. This is shown by the Smart City Expo that is being celebrated in Barcelona these days, where they are presenting a great number of projects to improve the city and make it “smarter”, more efficient and for the service of society who lives there or who is passing through.

In addition to different projects focusing on making the public bicycle services more accessible, the mobile applications also stand out: “I think that the best invention for smart cities is the mobile phone” has affirmed the Smart City Expo World Congress director, Ugo Valentí. Because of the different and infinite applications, especially dedicated to routes, which we can access from our mobile phones and which are totally free.

It seems that we will continuously have fewer excuses to leave our bicycle at home; so, if you haven’t done it yet, start to pedal towards the city’s future.