Free Loire A Velo App Available

By Maggie LaCoste

If you are lucky enough to be bicycling along the Loire River this summer, you’re in luck. A new free app for smartphones has been released to complement the popular Loire a Velo website, as well as to insure that you can access needed information when you are bicycling along the Loire. From lodging information to opening hours for attractions along the way, to locating a bicycle repair shop, this new app is basic, easy to use and a great resource to guide you along your itinerary.

Screen Shot 2013-05-09 at 7.09.24 PMThe app is available at Google Play as well as at the iTunes store. It is very easy to download and ready to use in less than a minute. Once the maps download, the app uses GPS technology to follow  your itinerary. The best news of all, the app doesn’t require an internet connection to work, so you can really use it in the middle of nowhere when you may be lost and you need help! Brilliant idea!

Screen Shot 2013-05-09 at 7.09.57 PMIf you’ve built a travel file of your itinerary as well as places you want to visit, places to stay and other resources on the Loire a Velo website, this file can be transferred to your portable app so everything is accessible when you need it.

The bike path along the Loire a Velo near Brehemont

The bike path along the Loire a Velo near Brehemont

This free app ushers in a whole new generation of user friendly tools that are just one more reason to bike in France, as if we needed more. I’m not even traveling to the Loire this summer, but I was so excited to download the app to try out all its features. Now I am anxious to plan another trip to the Loire to try out this new tool!

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Posted by Maggie LaCoste

I love the adventure and unpredictability of experiencing France by bike. Cycling in France is the ultimate slow travel adventure, an opportunity to see it through the back door in a way few tourists experience. One week on a bike in France and life takes on a different meaning! I created Experience France By Bike to inspire recreational cyclists to visit France the slow bike, and to be the best source of information for planning the perfect bicycling adventure. I encourage readers to embrace the uncertainty of the road ahead and to take the path less traveled, exploring roads, towns and villages that you would never experience traveling by car.

  1. Wonderful! I’ve just downloaded it. Not that it’s really cycling weather yet … We had to turn around on one of the bike paths last week because the water in the Loire was so high. Maybe the app can supply this type of information.

    1. Let me know how you like the app! I am not sure that they are using the app for dynamic updates on the route, but that certainly would be an interesting idea. I would be happy to post any route updates from you, so feel free to send them along when you are exploring the trails! Looking forward to hearing where you are planning to bike this summer!

      Maggie LaCoste