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Tour de France Cycle App Launched Ahead of York Grand Depart

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2:38pm 27th June 2014

With the Tour de France Grand Dèpart now nearly on us, Yorkshire is being put well and truly on the world map for cyclists – and, with that in mind, cyclists are urged to download an innovative new phone app.

Called “Cycle Yorkshire - Ride the Yorkshire Routes” it's been designed for those who want to take to the road for themselves and test their cycling skills on the Yorkshire Grand Depart stages.

The app includes information on the routes, hints and tips on how to cycle specific sections, as well as general rural road safety cycling advice. Text is also available for areas where the mobile signal is limited.

Local semi pro rider Jamie Sharp who features in the app films has taken to the airwaves to voice a radio advert to promote the app.

Jamie Sharp said “I’ve never done a radio advert before but I had great fun making the advert to promote this very important app.”

“The advert goes out across several radio stations during the first few weeks of July to encourage riders to down load it. I’m not sure what I’ll think hearing myself on air but hopefully my message around riding safely will come across loud and clear.”

The app was designed and developed by Safer Yorkshire & Humber cycling road safety group and is free to download for Android and Apple phones. It is aligned to the Cycle Yorkshire Legacy and is backed by Welcome to Yorkshire.

Ruth Gore, spokesperson from Safer Roads Humber, one of the groups involved in the app said “The cycle app has been a really interesting project to be involved in. We expect that the number of people out cycling will increase this summer and our aim is to give cyclists information about riding safely in the countryside.

“Not everyone will be want to cycle the Yorkshire Grand Depart routes, as there are many more equally challenging and interesting routes across the region, but the app will help anyone who wants to cycle in rural areas.”

Lead by City of York Council on behalf of the region.Kathryn Mackay, Road Safety Project Officer at City of York Council, said, “The app is aimed at all those cyclists and groups who are coming  to Yorkshire to ride all or part of the Grand Départ routes like their professional heroes.

“Since launching the app, the interest and positive feedback has been phenomenal.”

The app can be downloaded for free at the following link bit.ly/cycleyorkshire or by searching the google or apple stores for Cycle Yorkshire.

For more details about the Tour de France visit www.york.gov.uk/tourdefrance

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