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Archive for June, 2009

CycleStreets is three … kind-of

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

The Cambridge Cycling Campaign journey planner went live in the early hours of 27 June 2006. Back then it based its routes on a network which was traced over satellite photos of the streets of Cambridge. That network started off with only around 2,000 streets, and that provided a way for users to join the project and add their own traces to the map network.

Tracing Routes over Satellite Images

Early development: Tracing Routes over Satellite Images

By the time we switched to the Open Street Map data source these hand traced maps covered over 5,000 streets and it was no longer practical to support that behaviour. Now the CycleStreets system uses a map of around one million streets!

Auto-generated route signs from the Centre of Cambirdge

Auto-generated route signs from the centre of Cambridge

The journey planner evolved from a program that was written to work out where to place helpful signs on cycle routes, and which also worked out what text should appear on them. That was also a very useful program that we hope to resurrect in an on-line version one day, (given some funding).

CycleStreets continues to develop daily, and the most recent change has been a simpler and more manageable method of importing data from the OpenStreetMap project for converting into a routeable cycle network.

Follow CycleStreets on Twitter (and Facebook)

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Just a quick note to say that you can now follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/cyclestreets and join our Facebook page if you are on that network.

10,000 plus

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Since CycleStreets went to national beta release in late March this year it has been used to plan over 10,000 journeys, despite our staying a little bit quiet for a few months while we’re in beta! (This builds on the almost 50,000 journeys that were planned during the previous two and a half years when the system served only the Cambridge and Wolverhampton areas.)

In the past few days, we’ve had helpful feedback from users planning routes to cope with the tube strike in London.

There’s been a kind article about our site in the online Guardian.

We are continuing to develop this site and are changing it daily to improve the quality of the routes it plans, both in response to feedback from users and our own plans. We are looking for more help in responding to user feedback and so if you can help with this please do get in touch.

GPX export

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

At the workshops we held on CycleStreets at a cycling promotion conference in Manchester last weekend we had many requests for more features. The most popular was to provide a way of saving the journeys produced so that they could be used on hand-held GPS devices.

We’ve done that now, and so each journey planned provides a link to save as a .gpx file. GPX is a popular file format for exchanging this type of information.

We welcome your feedback, especially to report bugs or give us route feedback.

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