RWGPS Club Account
The Salem Bicycle Club now has a club account on Ride with GPS. The account allows club members to take advantage of the RWGPS Premium features for all routes in the club’s library. (Non-club members pay $80 a year to access the Premium features.)
The club has used RWGPS to map rides for the last few years. Club members who have navigated to the ride details page in the online calendar have seen a “GPS Link” that allows them to load the route onto their Garmin. When viewing the route on RWGPS, anybody, members and non-members alike can also see the route profile and estimates of the steepness of the climbs and descents.
The new club account provides additional features for SBC members that they otherwise could only access by purchasing a Premium membership on RWGPS. However, these additional features are only available for SBC routes. The features include:
- Turn-by-turn navigation, including audible cues, with the RWGPS iPhone or Android app enabling club members to use their smart phones to navigate SBC rides.
- The use of offline maps on the RWGPS app. This feature allows users to download a route and detailed maps while they have a wifi connection and, in so doing, avoid large cellular data charges.
- Use of “Garmin Write” to download routes directly to Garmin GPS units from the RWGPS website.
Signing up to take advantage of the club account is easy. First, if you don’t already have an account on Ride with GPS, sign up for one. The type of account you chose can be a free, starter account. Then go to the account page for the Salem Bicycle Club and “Apply to Join.” Finally, send an email message to the SBC webmaster telling us who you are and what RWGPS nickname you have chosen. (RWGPS nicknames do not necessarily provide sufficient information to identify who the user is or whether they are an SBC member.) We will approve the request as soon as we can confirm that you are a club member and you will then be able to take advantage of the enhanced features.
Detailed instructons on using the features provided under the club account are here.
Unfortunately, the "Garmin Write" feature may disappear in the future as Garmin has discontinued support for a crucial plug-in, Garmin Communicator, that is needed for this feature and some browsers are no longer compatible with the plug-in. The RWGPS team is trying to find a solution to the problem. In the meantime, users can download routes to their computer, and then copy the routes to their GPS units.
Don’t hesitate to contact the SBC webmaster if you have questions about this new club benefit.