Naviki is an exciting new web-based cycle route planner. It is free to use and you can even download it to your smartphone to transform it into a bicycle satnav device.
Aimed at everyday cyclists, leisure cyclists and also at car drivers, it is hoped that Naviki will help to make cycling more attractive, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote a less car-dependent lifestyle.
In Germany, the beta version developed by the Software Engineering Department at Munster University of Applied Sciences (MUAS) is already accessible on-line, and it will be available across Europe shortly. The project has 1,224,000.€ funding between 2011 and 2013 from the European Commission as part of its “Intelligent Energy – Europe” programme.
Besides MUAS, the consortium partners are, the Climate Alliance (Germany), Mobycon RV (Netherlands), Universita Degli Studi Di Roma la Sapienza (Italy), Dansk Cyklist Forbund and Fonden Østdansk Turisme (both Denmark), Centro de Estudios Ambientales, European Greenways Association (EGWA) and Fundación Ferrocarriles Españoles (all Spain). EGWA is responsible for promoting Naviki across Europe.
This platform will help to show that greenways are the most attractive, accessible and safe solution for cycling. www.naviki.org