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Archive for February, 2010

Funding grant from Cambridge Sustainable City

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

We are delighted to announce that CycleStreets has been awarded a Cambridge Sustainable City grant, of £3,200, to cover a range of improvements.

Cambridge Sustainable City is an initiative of Cambridge City Council, who are one of a number of Local Authorities who are now linking to CycleStreets from their website transport pages. (We hope that many more will follow!)

Cambridge Sustainable City aims to involve and support the local community in Cambridge’s efforts to address environmental issues. As a means to achieving this, they offer grant funding to local groups and organisations like CycleStreets whose work brings environmental and community benefits.

We are extremely grateful to them for their support.

We will report through the coming 6 months on the improvements that this grant will have facilitated.

Future funding priorities for CycleStreets

We are continuing to apply for a range of grants. Our main funding priority is now to obtain funding for:

  • 1-1.5 full-time-equivalent Developer posts for the coming 12-18 months, to push the project forward and to facilitate volunteer help (~ £25k-80k)
  • Mobile version(s) of CycleStreets, starting with an iPhone app and a mobile view of the main site (£10-30k?)
  • Three years’ funding of a hosting cluster (£15k)

We are also strongly endeavouring to build up a developer team – see our recent blog post about our forthcoming Developer Day. But full-time developer posts are also important, though, as very complex areas like the Journey Planner core algorithms (in particular, the compression system) require weeks of concentrated and solid work, and there are a huge number of improvements and new developments we would like to make, as a result of the enormously helpful feedback we receive from all over the UK now.

If you have suggestions for funding sources, please do let us know.

Also, please consider donating £10 or so yourself – these smaller donations definitely stack up and our helpful to us. CycleStreets’ governing documents include a not-for-profit clause.

Developer Day: Saturday 6th March

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

As previously posted, we’re going to have a Developer Day. The date has been set as 6th March, as that seemed to be the date that most people can do, and it gives us a little bit more time for preparation.

We’re not sure we’ve got everyone’s e-mail who plans to come, so please do drop us a line to confirm, if possible.

The venue is likely to be Simon’s house, 100 Thoday Street, Cambridge [plan journey there]. We plan to start at 11am, with eggy bread served from 10.30am for breakfast, and a pizza lunch will be provided. There is of course a nearby pub for afterwards :)

(If there are too many people (which is of course no bad thing!) we might go to CB2 or another venue we have in mind instead.)

We’ll have more info nearer the day, but we wanted to confirm the date now for diaries.

Photomap shares video

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Short video clips can now be added to the photomap.

Here’s an example of Simon getting his feet wet on the flooded section of the public bridleway next to the Cambridgeshire busway.

Videos can be up to 50 MB in size, and may include sound. Formats currently supported are MOV, AVI, WMV and FLV.

They are converted to a low resolution flash format, and a still from the first frame of the video is used for the image in the photomap.

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