What we’re best known for – our cycle journey planner that helps you get from A-B, with a choice of routes.

A range of routing types is available, reflecting the differing preferences that people have:

  • Quietest route – favouring more pleasant areas to cycle, even if this takes a bit longer;
  • Fastest route – more direct, but likely to involve more interactions with traffic;
  • Balanced route (the default) – best of both worlds.

We take into account the following (and more), where data is available:

  • Road/street type
  • Hills and inclines
  • Cycle infrastructure
  • Path widths/quality
  • Barriers, obstructions
  • Land ownership
  • Surface quality
  • Route legibility
  • National signed routes
  • Local Authority signage
  • Lighting (partial support)
  • Turn delays

The site also has a Photomap, where you can add or browse photos of cycle infrastructure from around the UK and beyond. Almost 100,000 images have been added, and they are fully categorised and searchable.

CycleStreets has an extensive API for developers, enabling apps, websites, and research users to embed our routing.

(PS We’re working on a new design for the site!)