Planning a route yourself
Written byYannick Mertens 23/07/2023
With our route planner in the app, you can plan routes along nodes. If you are a Premium user, you can also plan routes that deviate from the node network. In this article, we explain in detail how you can plan routes.
How do I start planning a route?
When you log in to the app, you will notice that our route planner appears directly on the home screen. This allows you to immediately start planning a bike route or hike according to your preferences. It is preferable to choose an area where nodes are present. You can do this by moving the map with your finger (swiping). Zooming in or out is done by bringing two fingers closer together or farther apart (pinching).
Alternatively, you can choose “Search location” from the menu in the top right corner (three dots). Then, enter the desired municipality or city, which will appear in the list. Afterwards, tap on it, and the map will be centered on your chosen region.
How do I create a route?
Just like on our website, in the app, you can choose to plan a route yourself (Point-to-point) or be surprised (Surprise Me). You indicate your preference when you tap on your starting point. The next pop-up will then appear, and here you indicate how you want to plan the route.
Choosing a starting point
In this article, we explain the Point-to-point method. As mentioned above, in the app, you first need to choose a starting point before you can start planning. You can choose the starting point in three different ways:
1 – Starting at a node
The easiest way to start creating a route is to look for the nearest node near your desired starting location. You recognize nodes on our maps by the round numbered icons. Tap on the desired starting node, select Point-to-point in the pop-up, and this node will be marked with a green balloon.
2 – Starting on a section between 2 nodes
If you prefer to start the route on a section between 2 nodes (e.g. when you want to start from a parking lot that is located on the bike/hiking network but not at a node), select Settings from the menu (three dots), and then choose the Flexible planning function. This way, you can also choose your starting point between two nodes by long press. Again, choose Point to point in the pop-up, and the starting point will be marked as shown below.
3 – Starting outside the bike/hiking network
If you are a Premium user, you can also start routes in places that are not part of the bike/hiking network. This is called the Offgrid mode. To do this, tap on the magnifying glass icon at the bottom right of the map and choose Offgrid (auto) or Offgrid (manual).
Just like when choosing the starting point between two nodes, in Offgrid mode, you also need to select the starting point by long press. If there are node routes nearby, you will notice that they become faded but still visible.