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Archive for November, 2009

Great new flyer done for us!

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Thanks very much to John-Paul Shirreffs who designed some flyers for us, at no charge, at short notice.

We’ll be taking these, and our new upright banner (thanks to David Earl and Jim Chisholm of Cambridge Cycling Campaign), to the CycleNation/CTC conference and (Friday) Local Authority Day this weekend. Hope to see you there! (Bookings can still be made.)

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Hard at work …

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Just a short blog post as we’ve been relatively quiet in the last few weeks!

Simon in particular has been knuckling down on some new core routing algorithm work which is set to speed up longer journeys in dense areas like London. We’ll blog on this soon, once a key bug has been squashed.

We’ve also been working to improve the backend feedback system so that it will be easier to get more local contacts on board. We’re working through quite a backlog of feedback and better management of this is a priority.

We also hope to be welcoming a few new members to our team shortly. This has highlighted the need for further improvements to the clarity of our code. We remain committed to open sourcing the code once auditing and reorganisation has been completed. With only 1.2 of us, and little funding, a larger team will be a great help.

Lastly, we’ve been putting the finishing touches for a new branded website front-end for Cambridgeshire County Council to enable members of the public to pinpoint locations where they’d like to see cycle parking created and obstructions removed, building on the Photomap code in CycleStreets. More news on this soon!

PS Great to see more Local Authorities starting to link to our journey planner, Edinburgh being the latest! We’re working on our Local Authority strategy as the routing engine matures and route quality is ramped up gradually.

Digital Heroes Vote – result

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Thank you very much to the very many of you who told us that you recently voted for our project. We were beaten in our region by a group who enable disadvantaged people to gain access to the internet – an equally worthwhile cause – and we wish them great success with their project.

During the vote we were able to get extra publicity for CycleStreets through facebook, twitter and via an announcement on the CTC‘s national mailing list. Our feedback database is overflowing as a result as the pressure to provide more features competes with answering emails requesting those features (amongst other things).

We shall continue to look for funding from other sources.

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

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