Monthly Archives: August 2007

Cycle Map in the news

My Cycle Map has been pretty well received so far…

  • Mapperz – The mapping news blog: “A nice implementation ‘in progress’ using free data. A positive move to community based mapping and you can see the results from this map.”
  • Google Earth Design – an interview with Steve Chilton, Chairman of the Society of Cartographers : “One of the most impressive recent niche sites, although a work in progress, is a cycle-specific map site where the OSM data has been customised.”
  • Yahoo Answers – Cycling into central London: “Here’s the cycle map for Putney through to Battersea.”

The last one is my favourite really, since it’s just two guys talking about cycling, and using the map for what it’s meant for. I’ll need to head over to Battersea and extend route 37 onwards… Hopefully more and more people will find it genuinely useful as well as just cool.

Oh, and of course, the cycle map made the featured image on the front page of the OSM wiki for the week beginning 11th August.

OpenStreetMap cycle layer

Nice. And to think when I commented only two months ago “roll on a cycle-focussed version of OpenStreetMap!” that I had no idea I’d be the one making it happen!

Cycle Map Quote

Richard Fairhurst, professional cartographer and one of the lead developers of OpenStreetMap, talks in his OSM diary about my cycle map:

Andy Allan’s Mapnik map of the National Cycle Network is pure genius and the best example yet of why mashups suck, and cartography matters.

Now that’s the kind of response I like to hear!

Track of the Week

For your audio pleasures, my favourite track for this week is the uninspiringly-named “Piste 08″ in Xcyril’s album “Organique”. Very upbeat, well rounded, pick-me-up kind of music.

If I was producing a TV show I’d be very tempted to use it as the signature tune, and with only a little editing of the ending to remove the forced staccato in one of the phrases, I’d be quite happy. Oh, and since it’s cc-by-sa, I’d be allowed to edit it, and use it commercially too!