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Consider this: You like to use the Chicago Bike Map but you don't always carry it with you. You want to be reminded of where the bike lanes and trail access points are. But you do carry your smartphone with you, all the time. 

In April 2012 I launched my first-ever app, the Chicago Bike Guide. It works similarly to the "Chicago Bike Map" (the City's printed one) in that it shows the presence of on-street bike lanes, multi-use trails, and train stations. It works like Google Maps, though, where you can pinch and zoom to interact with the map. 

Divvy, train stations, directions, The Chainlink, Twitter, points of interest, it's all right here. 

Available for Android and iOS

Routing on the Chicago Bike Guide

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I bought Steven's app this morning.  It's well worth the 99 cents it cost.  I expect I'll be using it a lot.

I just bought the app as well for my Droid Bionic. Thanks for bringing this to the world of Android, Steven!

Thank you JimmyD and Thunder Snow. You can sign up to be alpha/beta testers on Google Plus – when I have a new version I want people to test, it will be seeded to your Android device (I wish Apple had this). 

Now's a good time for feature requests. Currently I'm working on a bug that causes it to crash iOS devices prior to iPhone 5 when you load Divvy (however, it seems to only occur on iPhone 4S, and not iPhone 4). This bug is related to you choose a Divvy station in the list and the wrong Divvy station being zoomed to on the map (or no Divvy station is zoomed to). I'll simultaneously be working on new features, like Instagram photos tagged with #bikeCHI, brewery listings to go with the burritos, and a better search function. 

Steven, do you have an option for a multi modal trip planner? I feel like that is the only thing missing from google directions.  

Nope, unfortunately, as no third-party service offers a public API to which I can connect. The RTA provides GoRoo which has a multi-modal trip planner. 

http://www.goroo.com/goroo

Julie Hochstadter said:

Steven, do you have an option for a multi modal trip planner? I feel like that is the only thing missing from google directions.  

When you start your route does it have audio so I can listen to my directions while riding?

No, it doesn't. I see the convenience of this feature, but it's very difficult to code and I don't want to promote listening to headphones while bicycling. 

Ashley Tanner said:

When you start your route does it have audio so I can listen to my directions while riding?

I've introduced a "companion" app that's free to download (it will always be free): Chicago Bike Laws. Download now for Android. The iOS version is coming soon as it's "waiting for review" by Apple. 

Chicago Bike Laws is a pocket reference to Chicago and Illinois bicycling laws with select driving and pedestrian-related laws. 

Sorry I never followed through-- will do so soon!

No problem! Thanks.

Steven Vance said:

No, it doesn't. I see the convenience of this feature, but it's very difficult to code and I don't want to promote listening to headphones while bicycling. 

Ashley Tanner said:

When you start your route does it have audio so I can listen to my directions while riding?

Great addition, Steven!

Steven Vance said:

I've introduced a "companion" app that's free to download (it will always be free): Chicago Bike Laws. Download now for Android. The iOS version is coming soon as it's "waiting for review" by Apple. 

Chicago Bike Laws is a pocket reference to Chicago and Illinois bicycling laws with select driving and pedestrian-related laws. 

I want more Android users to have the best Chicago-based bicycling directions and resources app so I've made it FREE – permanently. Download the Chicago Bike Guide for Android

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