Mapping the cycle streets

A session at 45th Annual Society of Cartographers Summer School

Wednesday 9th September, 2009

10:00am to 10:00am (GMT)

CycleStreets.net is a UK-wide cycle journey planner and photomap system. Aimed mainly for urban use, it provides a choice of fastest, quietest and shortest cycling routes. This allows it to cater for both new and experienced cyclists, and take account of preferences such as speed and whether dismounting is acceptable. The ‘photomap’ aspect enables anyone to add photographs of cycling/transport-related problems or good practice, and locate these on a map. Photos are used for campaigning purposes and also shown within the route listings in the direction of travel.

CycleStreets is one of the first major UK users of OpenStreetMap data for routing. OpenStreetMap is a collaborative project which enables ordinary people to contribute map data – effectively a ‘geo-wiki’. The data is available under an open licensing regime, enabling bodies with little funding to use it.

The talk will demonstrate the system and consider issues relating to the use of generic mapping data for use optimised towards a specific community (in our case, people who cycle). We will discuss issues relating to the completeness of the data and how that has impacted on development, and consider the relationships between cartographic renderings of the data compared to its use for routing purposes.

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Time 10:00am10:00am GMT

Date Wed 9th September 2009

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