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Developers – need cycle parking in your app? Use our Cycle parking API

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

This is a post for app developers. So it contains some techy stuff which probably won’t be of interest to our cycle routing users.

Knowing where you can find cycle parking as a cyclist, especially in cities, is helpful in avoiding theft, as well as helping keeping busy streets tidy.

By providing information on where cycle parking exists, developers of apps can easily help people find cycle parking before they even reach their destination.

CycleStreets provides a Cycle parking API as one of the points of interest (POI) types that can be retrieved in our extensive cycling API suite. Developers can embed this in our app – either by making realtime calls or obtaining the data en-batch using the CSV export mode.

You can see an example implementation on our new Bikedata website:

The API provides the following data:

  • Locations of all cycle parking in the UK and other areas that we support (much of northern Europe and various cities around the world – contact us if you need other areas)
  • Whether the parking is public or private
  • Number of bikes that can be parked (where data is available)
  • Details of whether the cycle parking is covered, what type of stands, etc. (where data is available)
  • The location of the entrance point rather than the centre point (for larger installations, where data available)
  • (Coming soon) Large areas of parking to be available as areas rather than (entrance) point

By default, all locations (whether public or private) come through, but you can specify a filtering option (as seen in the Bikedata example) if you wish.

We perform a range of pre-processing to enhance the raw data:

  • If the location is on private land, but the parking itself is not marked as such, we pre-process the data to mark it as private
  • For larger installations such as cycle parks, we use the entrance point as its location, rather than the centre-point
  • We convert data defined as either points or areas into a unified set of points

This data is all possible thanks to the power of OpenStreetMap. We regularly import OSM data, perform a range of processing on it (e.g. convert locations on private land into private POIs, determining entrance points, etc.), and turn this into an indexed API.

Our API is a flexible, robust and well-maintained interface (it has been running since 2010). If you need a Service Level Agreement, or are likely to require high volumes of requests, we can also provide the API on a contractual basis.

To get started, just obtain an API key, and set your application to make API calls to the POIs API and render the GeoJSON response on your map.

If you would like to request any enhancements to the API, to cover your use-case, do get in touch.

Also, if you have any existing cycle parking data, we are happy to provide advice on how to make it available.

Bike Hub app relaunched

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

A guest post from Carlton Reid, who writes about the fantastic new version of the Bike Hub app:

The Bike Hub cycle-specific satnav app, available for iPhone and Android, has been redesigned from scratch. Now six years old the all-new app still uses the CycleStreets routing engine so can still navigate on quiet roads, cycleways and away from hills. However, it now sports many of the core upgrades that smartphone operating systems have benefitted from in the past twelve months.

    

A tender was put out to three agencies and the contract was won by Tinderhouse of Canterbury, the existing development house. The app is now more intuitive to use, and – because it’s a new-build – works better with the latest smartphones. It can still find the nearest bike shop from where a user is standing, but is now quicker and slicker. The satnav voices for the app have also been updated.

While it has a UK focus – it’s paid for by the Bicycle Association of Great Britain – the free app is able to route in various other countries too. With upgraded graphics the maps are sharper, including up to tablet size for ride pre-planning. Users can toggle between three map styles: OpenCycleMap, Ordnance Survey Opendata and a clinically-clean Bike-Hub-specific map. Users navigate by choosing the quickest, shortest or quietest route, or a mix of all three.

Within a few weeks more features will be added to the app including syncronisation with Map My Tracks, Wahoo RFKLT and Apple Watch.

The Bicycle Association is the industry membership body that represents UK cycle and accessory suppliers. Industry companies and bike shops donate funds to the Bike Hub levy, which pays for the app, sponsorship of British Cycling’s Go Ride scheme and other projects. The Bike Hub app was first released in 2010.

    

The Bike Hub app makes use of map data from OpenCycleMap, pulls down map tiles from Thunderforest, and has a rendering engine from Map Box.

The Bike Hub app works on iPhones and Androids.

Cycle North Staffs app created by CycleStreets

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

We’ve created a new cycling app for Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

The Cycle North Staffs app, developed by CycleStreets, is here to help you to get the most out of your cycling. The app is packed with routes across Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme to get you to school, to work, or for leisure. It’s suitable for all ages and abilities.

The app is available for both iPhone and Android, and is available free of charge:

   

The app has a wide range of features:

  • Plan cycle routes from A-B
  • Gives a choice of routes: fastest, quietest, and balanced option
  • Browse leisure routes – fancy a pleasant hour’s ride somewhere nice?
  • Browse points of interest, such as bike shops or tourist attractions
  • Shows time, distance and quietness level
  • Shows how many calories you would use
  • Avoids hills automatically where possible, and shows the elevation profile
  • Calculates CO2 saving compared to a car
  • Browse photos and videos of cycle facilities in the area
  • Save your favourite places for easy access

Leisure routes   Local area information

Points of interest   Photos and videos of the area

The app makes use of our open-source iOS and Android codebases, helping lower costs to the Council and providing a well-tested codebase.

We are able to create custom cycle apps and embedded cycle journey planner websites for Local Authorities, companies and others. Do get in touch if this might be of interest to your organisation.

The apps have been possible thanks to the great work of our developers Neil and Jez.

Cycle Hackney app created by CycleStreets

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

cyclehackneylogo

We’ve created a new app for Hackney Council, the Cycle Hackney app.

Available for both iPhone and Android, the app aims to provide information to the Council on where people cycle for their daily journeys, and where improvements to the street and path network are most needed. This combines crowsourced GPS traces to help create a heatmap of utility cycle journeys.

Download on the App Store    Get it on Google Play

The app is aimed at utility journeys – everyday cycle journeys, rather than being an app for the sport or time-trialling demographic that can be found elsewhere.

Cycle Hackney app - screenshot     Cycle Hackney app - screenshot

After each journey, a short questionnaire appears to obtain some basic demographic information – this only takes a few seconds to complete:

Finished recording

In a press release for the app, we said:

“We’ve been pleased to create the Cycle Hackney app for Hackney Council. Although there are other apps for leisure route sharing, none have focussed on utility cycling data. The app will help identify streets and paths heavily used for everyday cycle journeys, as well as letting people report problems on the network. Local people can therefore use it to help the Council improve cycle infrastructure that will enable more people to cycle. Higher cycling levels are crucial for economic, environmental and health reasons, and Hackney is a leading borough in this.”

The app was launched at the Hackney Cycling Conference 2014. Hackney Council asked attendees of the conference to come up with an unusual or notable route to the conference. Here were the two winning entries:

One person, the winning entry, cycled the boundary of Hackney – an impressive feat!

Hackney boundary

Another person took the opportunity to create some ‘GPS art’ to spell out ‘I Love Hackney Cycling’:

I Love Hackney Cycling

As well as giving a list of routes, enabling users to track their distance and calorie usage, the app allows people to upload reports of problems they encounter in their daily journeys.

Cycle Hackney app - screenshot     Cycle Hackney app - screenshot

We’re pleased that the new app was a finalist for the London Cycling Campaign Awards 2014, in the Digital Campaign of the Year category.

Hackney Council’s transport team would welcome any feedback on the app, for instance, new features that would be useful to add, or other feedback. We’ve enjoyed working with Hackney on this project.

The app uses code from Cycle Atlanta and our own CycleStreets apps. The app has been created by our developers,  Neil Edwards (iPhone) and Jez Higgins (Android).

PS We can create apps for Local Authorities and others that combine our portfolio of cycle mapping solutions – journey planner, photomap for reporting problems, GPS tracking, and information updates. Do get in touch if this may be of interest.

Latest update to CycleStreets for Windows Phone

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

The latest update to CycleStreets for Windows Phone is now available.

We’ve done some significant work on improving the user interface for plotting routes in the directions screen as well as adding a quicker tap destination and find directions from my current location option on the home screen. We’d really appreciate your feedback on this change and whether it improves things or not. Here is the full changelist:

What’s new in version 1.3?

  • Improved the accuracy of the GPS
  • Draw location accuracy around my location dot
  • Fix for missing submit button in feedback form on some devices
  • Reworked the route plotting and added “tap to add waypoint”
  • Navigation and UI improvements on navigation page

A hotfix release will be available soon to fix OpenCycleMap overlays displaying OpenStreetMap overlays instead.

As always we really do appreciate your feedback especially if you use the app regularly. Our developer, Dave Conley, is fixing things that annoy him when using the app, but it is great to get feedback from other users. If you think the app is perfect as it is then don’t forget to rate us 5* so other cyclists can find us easier. Thanks!

Windows Phone app update adds leisure routing, route saving, and more

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

3D view

The first update for CycleStreets on Windows Phone is out now! As well as fixing the usual bugs, version 1.1 adds some great new features.

The new release brings along leisure routing, which is a great feature that can find a circular route around your current location that is of a distance or time of your choosing. Great if you’re training and want to get in a 20 mile ride for example.

We’ve made big improvements to the reliability of the place name search when routing and also to the tutorial flow improving the overall usability of the app.

If you just want to save the route for later you can do that too and you won’t need to be online to load it. And you can now share routes with friends via email, text message or social network (and they don’t need the app to be able to view it).

We also have a free 24 hour trial that allows you to try all the features of the app with no restrictions for a day. After that you can choose to get in touch and let us know what you thought or hopefully go on to pay for the full app (only 99p!).

You can download CycleStreets for Windows Phone 8 from the Windows Phone store. We’ve got more updates coming soon to bring it in line with the app on iOS and Android but please get in touch to let us know what you want to see.

  • Added circular leisure routing
  • Load and save routes for offline use
  • Added a free 24 hour trial
  • Major improvements for location search and general navigation
  • 3D navigation now has 3D buildings visible where available
  • Added share this route option
  • Added feedback form
  • Added rate this app prompt
  • Improvements to tutorial
  • Fixed lots of bugs

 

Leisure route planning   Leisure route display

Thanks again to Dave Conley who has created the app!

LiveRide for CycleStreets Android app

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

We’re pleased to announce a significant new version of the CycleStreets Android App (version 2.0). It brings a much requested feature – LiveRide sat-nav voice navigation.

LiveRide provides

  • Turn-by-turn voice instructions as you ride
  • Automatic rerouting if you go off course
  • Can run in the background with screen off
  • Option to keep screen on and prevent phone from sleeping

Once you’ve planned a route, simply tap the Start LiveRide button to get going. Once it’s established a GPS lock, it’ll start guiding you on your way. The display shows where you are and your direction of travel. The panel at the top shows the next turn and the distance to it. Your speed is shown at the bottom of the screen.

The padlock icon at the top right controls the screen lock. When locked, the screen will stay on. When unlocked, the phone will turn the screen off as normal. I use a handlebar mount and for short city journeys, I find it useful to keep the screen on. For longer rides, letting the screen turn off as normal helps preserve the battery. I’d also recommend using the off-line map pack too.

Planned route   Live Ride

Unlike many drivers over the past few years the chances of a cyclist getting stuck following satnav directions seem slim but do take care when using LiveRide.

– Jez

CycleStreets cycle routing on Windows Phone 8 now available

Friday, May 31st, 2013

CycleStreets cycle routing app is now available in the Windows Phone Store in the UK and costs only 99p. Less than a puncture repair kit and just as useful!

Get the CycleStreets for Windows Phone app!

For Windows Phone we redesigned the app to take advantage of Windows Phone’s unique interface design resulting in a beautiful, clean and simple to use interface that will feel instantly familiar to users of other mapping applications on Windows Phone.

For the first release we have included cycle routing, navigation waypoints, routing information (such as time, distance, calories etc), points of interest and step by step navigation using the Nokia Maps 3D view. In time we will add additional CycleStreets functionality such as Photomap, OpenStreetMap overlays, leisure routing and we also plan to add voice guided navigation.

Features include:

  • Plan cycle routes from A-B
  • Add waypoints, e.g. A-B-C-D
  • Turn-by-turn directions
  • Nearest points of interest
  • Search for names, places, towns, postcodes
  • Replan as quietest/fastest/balanced route

Route planning and display:

Route overview   3D view

Journey details:

Journey facts   Itinerary

Find nearby points of interest, e.g. bike shops, cycle parking, cash machines, etc:

Points of Interest   Nearest POIs   POI location

Coming soon:

  • OpenStreetMap & OpenCycleMap overlays
  • Voice Guided Navigation (satnav)
  • Photomap

If you install the app then please let us know your thoughts on it and report any bugs via our usual feedback page.

Thanks to Dave Conley who has created the app!

CycleStreets cycle routing app now on Blackberry 10

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

CycleStreets cycle routing app is now available for Blackberry 10. It’s free!

We’d welcome any feedback from users of different devices.

See more screenshots on our mobile pages, or download it free now.

Blackberry 10

Route Route result
Route Route result
Replan route Replan route
Namefinder Namefinder
London Cycle Hire points London Cycle Hire points
Points of interest Points of interest

London Travel live app adds CycleStreets cycle routing

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

This is a guest post from the creators of the London Travel live app, who have integrated our routing into the app.

London Travel live screenshot

London Travel live started as a one man’s quest for travelling around London. The concept materialised more out of frustration whilst standing out on a cold winter’s night waiting for the public transport to arrive.

The app provides more than one transport option and aims to answer the travellers needs whether be it TUBE / BUS / CYCLE / CAB or if one needs to walk to his/her destination.

The app combines data from different sources to keep it realtime and hence the tag “live” to the app name.

If one were to travel in London during the Xmas period you would definitely notice the swarm of Barclays Bikes zipping past you, when there is limited or no public transport.

To benefit these users we integrated the CycleStreets journey planner solution.

The idea of letting the user to plan his/her rides along the roads of London with the ability to choose a Safe / Quick or Balanced route instils them with confidence, whether they are tourists or locals.

London Travel live screenshot   London Travel live screenshot   London Travel live screenshot

We thank CycleStreets for providing this valuable information. This integration sets the base for further sharing of data by the community between the two entities.

For more information on London Travel live visit:
http://www.vdocreatives.com/londontravellive/

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