The Loire has always been one of the most bicycle-friendly routes in France with well signposted and maintained roads, lots of cafes, places to stay and establishments that are always welcoming. Now the region is becoming a leader in providing free portable tools for English-speaking bicyclists visiting the region. Last week I wrote about a new app just released by Loire a Velo. Another new app called Cyclopedia has been released for the Anjou area in the western Loire. Cyclopedia has been around for a couple of years but was only available as a rental device. Fortunately its scope has been expanded and it’s now available from iTunes. Later this month, will also be available from the Play Store.
The Anjou is a wonderful, very undiscovered part of the Loire and one of my favorites for exploring by bike. Cyclopedia helps enrich this adventure by highlighting points of interest, background on different areas and stories about the region. Cyclopedia illustrates the itinerary along 70 km of the Loire between Gennes and Montjean-sur-Loire. A detailed map of the region is also provided.
Points of interest are automatically displayed when you pass them. You’ll know this by a little “ding” on the phone.
If you need directions from Point A to Point B along the route, there is help for that too.
Kudos to the Anjou Department of Tourism and its development partner, Camineo for developing such an easy to use app, and for making the investment of offering it in English. Tools for bicycling don’t get any better than this, and offering it for free makes it even that much better.
For me, this app gives me, and hopefully you just one more reason to consider Anjou for your next bicycling trip in France!
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