OpenStreetMap – the data behind the apps

We're really thrilled by the response to our iPhone app and the other apps using our routing. What is also just as pleasing is seeing people discovering OpenStreetMap as a result, and saying that they're interested in getting involved. OpenStreetMap is the brilliant open data map that provides the data that CycleStreets and other projects use. […]

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Bike shop data in OpenStreetMap: your help needed

  OpenStreetMap, the project whose road/cycling data makes CycleStreets possible, has recently acquired a dataset of all bike shops in the UK from the Association of Cycle Traders, for the purposes of merging this dataset into the OpenStreetMap database. We are enormously grateful for the ACT for this data. We need your help to merge this […]

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An interesting Freedom of Information request

Cambridge resident and democracy activist, Richard Taylor has written today about a Freedom of Information request he made recently on the subject of the government’s efforts to create a Cycle Journey Planner, available through the Transport Direct portal. For the avoidance of doubt, Richard is not involved with CycleStreets, though our database shows he has […]

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Ordnance Survey data freed (partially)

Easter came early this year! In the last few days there has been a blaze of activity around the long-awaited changes by the Government to the way the Ordnance Survey’s data is controlled. A significant number of its excellent datasets have been freed up, which we think is excellent news for the UK geographical community. […]

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Ordnance Survey data consultation – our response

The government has been running a consultation on proposals to open up Ordnance Survey’s data relating to electoral and local authority boundaries, postcode areas and mid scale mapping information. We have responded: Our response to the Ordnance Survey data consultation The key points we make are that: Without change, Ordnance Survey is at considerable risk of […]

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Overview of CycleStreets: your questions answered

We’ve created some long-needed documentation: Overview of CycleStreets: your questions answered, covering a number of areas: Features: Cycle journey planner Features: Photomap Many more features Homepages for 1,500+ towns/cities/districts around the UK Branded versions for Local Authorities and others Community-based, not-for-profit The map data: where it comes from and how you can contribute How we use […]

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I can’t find my Postcode

It is very possible that you will not be able to find your own postcode using the CycleStreets search. This is due to the data source of postcodes that we are using, and you can contribute too. CycleStreets could use the Royal Mail’s Postcode Address File (PAF), however that is very expensive at over £5,000 […]

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Free the postcode

CycleStreets doesn’t yet have full postcode searching, though we at least take the first half of an entered postcode to get you to the right area, when doing a namefind search. We are currently using the excellent service from the great guys at Cloudmade. Unless there is a massive surge of donations (!) we simply don’t have […]

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Weekly refreshes of mapping data

Since we took CycleStreets to public ‘beta’ launch three weeks ago, we’ve had lots of feedback, all of which is extremely useful to us. We’ve been hard at work fixing various bugs and adding improvements. We now have a weekly refresh of mapping data taking place. This means that we can now more effectively work […]

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