Geovelo: a mobile application to find your route by bicycle and electric bike

Ronan Bouquet has taken the helm of Geovelo, an application for smartphones which guides cyclists and makes them safe. Useful, efficient and reassuring, the idea was born in Tours, thanks to Gaël Sauvanet, its Founder.

Ecological, economical and good for health. All lights are green when it comes to choosing which bike to get around. But what holds us back is our security. Where to go? What fairly safe route will not take me on board to have to travel too many kilometers so that in the end, taking the bike is… Unthinkable. Well no.

It is not only possible today to have answers to all these questions, and many more, and it is also free and without advertising.

Geovelo secures cyclists. It’s really safety that takes precedence, and all the interest of the application, but not only… Being guided by car, we’ve been used to it for a long time. Waze is often our best friend. But by bike, we had no nice GPS that tells us the right route on two wheels.

We are the only ones to address all cyclists. The other applications for bicycles are either focused on sport, to measure speed, etc. Or focus on the leisure and discovery aspect, but no urban application is secure. Geovelo is a bit unique on this subject.

The Tours application does that. It guides you, shows you the cycle paths, the paths, the safest roads. Everywhere in France. Already a little in Europe too and tomorrow in the world. It offers us the most fluid routes and which present the least possible danger for cycling…

Where Geovelo is clever is that in the city center, it is able to show you the fastest, most direct route, juggling between cycle spaces and ordinary roads. Guaranteed security. The choices are considered and adapted to our desires and our needs.

In any case, you will be provided with a safe route, which will optimize the cycling space.

Smartphone fixed on a base at the front of the handlebars, we look at the screen from time to time, or else we activate the sound guidance function.

Please note that headsets are prohibited on the roads, even on bicycles, so Geovelo thought of adding a vibration function, very useful when the guide voice is difficult to perceive with the noises of the city and at a certain speed. .

“Turnkey” walks are also on the program of the application. Route route, refreshment points, places to discover, sites to visit, leisure activities to do in the area, we tell you everything. All you have to do is follow the guide! Gaël Sauvanet, the inventor, the brain of the complete application:

This can translate into walks to discover the city. For tourists, but not only… It’s also families who, over the weekend, go to discover other corners of their city.

The flight from public transport imposed on us by the pandemic has caused the sale of bicycles to soar. More than ever, the little queen is back on the roads of France, but does the success continue? Have the French really adopted and kept this means of transport today in their daily lives? And what about our behavior in the Center Val de Loire region?

In the Center region, bicycle use follows the national trend. It more than doubled during the Covid period. At Geovelo, we went from 250,000 to 650,000 users.

And then there is the increase in fuel… Would all of this allow us to become more virtuous in terms of ecology? As Gaël Sauvanet points out: “when you travel 1 km by car, no less than 230 grams of CO2 are released into the air, while on a bike it’s zero.

Geovelo users can report dangerous areas. This makes it possible to alert both the other users and the local authorities to say: in these places beware: these intersections, these crossroads should be reorganized, because they are dangerous.

Thus, the data captured by Geovelo are provided to cities, with the desire to encourage the improvement of urban space.

Geovelo was born in Touraine, it is even where it was first tested. The experiment lasted 8 years. And beyond the Center Val de Loire region, of course the tests were carried out throughout France.

Functional today, with immediate success, it is developing and will grow even more. Already established in Switzerland and Spain, Geovelo will go to other European countries: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Austria. Then a little further south, even if the Latins are a priori fond of cycling a little less than the countries of the North. England will follow.

And in 2023… It will be the turn of the United States and Canada to be able to take advantage of the application.

Opinions are what we read the most, rightly or wrongly, to form an opinion of a product today… Well, as far as comments from Geovelo users are concerned, the feedback seems unanimous:

There are people who really thank us. It changed their lives. It almost encouraged them to take up cycling.

Ronan Bouquet and Gaël Sauvanet were the guests of Kamini and Lucie Claussin in “You are great” on France 3 Center Val de Loire on May 9. Watch the show here:

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There are people who really thank us. It changed their lives. It almost encouraged them to take up cycling.

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Geovelo: a mobile application to find your route by bicycle and electric bike

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