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Archive for September, 2014

How can people help improve mapping used for CycleStreets?

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Finding out about good cycle routes – where it is safe and convenient to cycle – means availability of good maps and the knowledge of local people about their area.

We’ve created a new edition of our community mapping guide, Cycle mapping for cycle routing, freshly updated for 2014. The brochure explains how people can help improve CycleStreets and OpenStreetMap to help people find their way.

For the new 2014 edition, we’ve replaced screenshots and examples for the newer iD editor and made other updates.

You can view it and download it for free:

Cycle mapping for cycle routing

You can also browse it in magazine-style on Issuu.

Thanks to our brilliant designer friend, Ayesha Garrett, who has done the updates to the design work.

The original guide was in conjunction with Cycling Scotland, and some of the updates have been made to complement the West Sussex cycle journey planner which we run for that Council.

Cambridgeshire Cycle Challenge

Friday, September 19th, 2014

This year the Cambridgeshire Cycle Challenge is running from Monday 15th September to Sunday 12th October and is a fun and FREE web based competition to see which businesses can get the most people cycling over the four week period. There’s still time to sign up!

The Challenge is open to all businesses in Cambridgeshire and aims to increase the uptake of cycling by encouraging more new people to cycle to work and spur on people who already cycle to do so more often. Following on from Le Tour de France’s exciting visit to Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire in July, the Challenge is a great way to continue the cycling spirit. Any member of staff can take part by initially registering on the challenge website.

Challenge partners

Cambridgeshire Cycle Challenge

Once registered participants record every journey they make (both to work and for leisure) during the four week period, on the website via computer, or on a tablet/smartphone. For tablet and smartphone users a PleaseCycle mobile app is available for free to download and includes GPS functionality so that journeys can be tracked as the user cycles and are automatically logged to their account.

There are lots of prizes for different categories of riders (e.g. novice, rusty rider, intermediate and advanced), awarded weekly as well as overall winners – so regular cyclists will not ride off with all the prizes! In addition prizes will be evenly distributed around the districts of Cambridge City, East Cambridgeshire, Fenland, Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire.

CycleStreets is one of the partners, with our journey planner available within the website:

Cambridgeshire cycle challenge journey planner

The website also includes facilities to enable employer office locations, departments and teams to compete against one another as well as other employers. This is a great way to encourage friendly rivalry and at the same time promote cycling.

The Challenge is being run by our friends at PleaseCycle and Outspoken on behalf of Travel for Cambridgeshire (formerly the Travel for Work Partnership) and Cambridgeshire County Council.

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

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