Cycle Journey Planning

Four Point Mapping recently completed a research study of cycle journey planning for the South Downs National Park, who are looking into implementing a cycle journey planner solution for their website.

There are numerous cycle journey planners out there, and they all offer slightly different features. Four Point Mapping has been involved in many of these to varying extents, which made it a very interesting piece of work for us to do.

Transport Direct offers cycle journey planning alongside other forms of transport in its multi-modal site. It is a Government run site and aims to promote alternative modes of transport to the motor car. Transport Direct routing information is based on highly accurate Ordnance Survey data and provides cyclists a number of journey planning options such as a fastest, quietest and most recreational route. There are also a number of advanced features such as avoiding time restricted paths or unlit streets.

Cyclestreets provide a cycling centric journey planner and is powered by Open Street Map (OSM). OSM, sometimes referred to as the ‘Wikipedia of Mapping’ is a crowd sourced global dataset and is constantly being added to. Data coverage is generally good and the journey planner routing options are impressive. Users can compare quickest, quietest and balanced routing options from a single interactive map. The Cyclestreets journey planner is constantly developed and routing information is updated regularly.

Google has recently adopted cycling data from Sustrans to power its cycle routing engine. Google has the ability to map cycling routes over long distances. The journey planner is still in its beta phase. Printing options are very good, and routes can be exported to Google Earth.

International Journey Planning – Four Point Mapping reviewed a number of international journey planners and assessed some unique features. ‘RideTheCity‘ – a journey planner for cyclists in New York (USA) provides cycle parking locations within a set distance of the user defined start and destination. ‘CycleCopenhagen‘, developed by Brian Haunstrup and a product of a Masters Thesis, provides a number of unique and useful features such as graphical cycling traffic volume levels and noise decibel values.

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