CycleStreets is three … kind-of

The Cambridge Cycling Campaign journey planner went live in the early hours of 27 June 2006. Back then it based its routes on a network which was traced over satellite photos of the streets of Cambridge. That network started off with only around 2,000 streets, and that provided a way for users to join the […]

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10,000 plus

Since CycleStreets went to national beta release in late March this year it has been used to plan over 10,000 journeys, despite our staying a little bit quiet for a few months while we’re in beta! (This builds on the almost 50,000 journeys that were planned during the previous two and a half years when the system […]

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GPX export

At the workshops we held on CycleStreets at a cycling promotion conference in Manchester last weekend we had many requests for more features. The most popular was to provide a way of saving the journeys produced so that they could be used on hand-held GPS devices. We’ve done that now, and so each journey planned […]

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Localised photo listings

All the various ways of listing photos are now relevant to your area, which we hope will be useful for groups all around the country to help them campaign on issues. This means that you will only see photos in the listings that belong to the host city or area you are browsing. For instance […]

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Routing quality changes

We’ve been working on improving the reliability and quality of the import of street data from the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project. Traffic Signals Two types of traffic signals are read from the OSM data. Junctions where cyclists can expect to wait on average 20 seconds. Crossings which interrupt journeys less frequently and for a shorter period, […]

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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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Loads of feedback already

In the first week since CycleStreets has gone live we have received over 100 items of feedback from users. Most of the replies have been concerned with the quality of the routes produced by the Journey Planner. While some people were highly satisfied with the routes generated there were more complaints about the routes being […]

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“That’s a really odd route”

We fully expected on going live that the system would result in some odd routes. This is because the underlying mapping data that we use is not yet perfect. Many of the cases are where what appears as a junction on the visual representation of the map doesn’t actually join up correctly. When that happens, […]

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