MAP's BeeLine bicycle compass guides cyclists with an arrow

MAP's BeeLine bicycle compass guides cyclists with a single arrow

London design studio MAP has created a minimal compass that pairs with a smartphone app to point cyclists through the city (+ slideshow).

BeeLine by MAP Project Office

BeeLine was launched by design duo Barber and Osgerby's creative consultancy MAP, and has been successfully crowdfunded via Kickstarter.

The plastic-encased circular device has a silicon strap that clips onto the top tube of the bike or the handlebars.

BeeLine by MAP Project Office

Once the user has set their end goal in the companion app, BeeLine uses the phone's GPS to give directions to the rider.

BeeLine by MAP Project Office

"Many of us can relate to journeys when we start cycling, only to stop a few minutes later to check the map on our phone," said BeeLine co-founder Mark Jenner, who together with Tom Putnam hired MAP to design the product.

BeeLine by MAP Project Office

The LCD interface features a slightly rounded arrow that points in the direction of the final destination, and also shows the distance to the cyclist's goal.

BeeLine by MAP Project Office

The user can then choose their own route through the city using the compass as a rough guide.

BeeLine by MAP Project Office

"We felt this stop-start style of journey, following strict directions, was taking the fun out of cycling and one of the main reasons we started getting around the city on our bikes: the freedom," said Jenner.

BeeLine by MAP Project Office

"We wanted to create a device, that guided us, but still put us in control of our journey and encouraged us to find new and interesting routes.

BeeLine by MAP Project Office

BeeLine is designed to be shockproof and rainproof, with a battery that lasts around four weeks. The device's adjustable strap and aluminium buckle allows it to be clipped to keys or a bag when not in use.

The £60,000 funding goal has been surpassed, with 25 days of the Kickstarter campaign still to go at the time of writing.

BeeLine by MAP Project Office

Fellow London startup Onomo has also recently launched a campaign for a similarly minimal compass attachment, which would use flashing lights to provide directions to cyclists.

MAP's previous projects include a kit of "building blocks" aimed at simplifying the creation of internet-connected products, a collection of wall storage products for the bathroom and a build-your-own computer kit.