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Ride the City: Brisbane and Newcastle

It's Bike Week in Brisbane through March 20th. What better way to celebrate bicycling than with the launch of Ride the City: Brisbane and Ride the City: Newcastle! In addition to bike routes the Ride the City map displays nearby bike shops and bike hire locations, including CityCycle locations in Brisbane. (If we're missing your business, please let us know.)

When we launched four other Australian cities a few weeks ago, we held off on Brisbane in the wake of the devastating floods in Queensland this summer. The Brisbane City Council has been keeping people up-to-date on the status of the regions roads and bikeways. They have also posted a very useful map with the current bikeway status.

To keep Ride the City's routing suggestions in line with the latest status of the city's bikeways you can use Open Street Map (OSM) to edit the underlying map. Vaidila put together a great blog post and video introduction to editing OSM maps for use with Ride the City.

For the rest of the month of March, we will donate 100% of our net revenues from sales of the iPhone app in Australia to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal to support the region's rebuilding.

Shortly after we launched Ride the City in Australia, we received several emails from cyclists in Newcastle making their case for bike routing in their region. We thought they made a persuasive case and so we added Newcastle to our list of cities (which now totals 21 worldwide). And because the boundaries of Newcastle and Sydney are relatively close, we merged the two. Now you can plan routes within -- or between -- the two cities!

Ride safe and enjoy the rest of the summer!