Cycle Map – 6th December

Last weekend I finally got a chance to work on the rendering styles for the cycle map. The major work was to realign with the recent developments on the main OpenStreetMap style, as well as adding a few new cycle-specific features. Worthy of note:

  • Cycle shops. Evan’s Cycles in Wandsworth is where I’ve spent more money than sense over the last year, so it now gets pride of place and a special mention here. There’s a total of 50 bike shops in the database now that shop = bicycle has been decided on.
  • NCN Mileposts. For those who haven’t seen them, there are mileposts scattered around the National Cycle Network. Gregory Williams has been mapping (and photographing them for a while now, and his efforts are rewarded by seeing all 83 of them on the cycle map. Each of the four types has its own icon!
  • Improved railways. Perhaps the most noticeable of the non-cycle updates, railways have had a major update thanks to the improvements on the main maps – tunnels are taken into consideration, for a start, but also more subtle greys instead of blacks. Areas like Camden look much better.

For a while I’d been giving updates on new cycle routes being added, but that was back in the days when I could spot the weekly additions on a somewhat sparser map! Personally, this week I’ve added a stretch of the NCN 61 from Slough to Uxbridge, added more un-numbered London Cycle Network routes in Roehampton and West Putney and fixed up the NCN 22 through Wandsworth. The latter is interesting due to the appalling signing of the route – the “Wandle Trail” forms part of the NCN 22 and the LCN 24, and I think there’s about one correct sign between Wandsworth and Carshalton – most of them mistakenly have “24″ in the NCN signage! Dave bumped into someone from Sustrans who was going to be sorting this out, but I’ve no idea how far they’ve got since we cycled it a few months ago.

In related news, Cambridge Cycle Campaign have just published a City Centre cycle map using OpenStreetMap data. It’s given me a few ideas for adding things to my cycle map – you compare this with the equivalent area of Cambridge.

I’ll also be at the OSM Christmas Party tomorrow night!

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4 thoughts on “Cycle Map – 6th December

  1. Thomas Wood

    I’ve still been intending to finish tagging LCN 24 (as it is in Carshalton), to date I’ve seen it signed as NCN22, NCN20, NCN24 and LCN24.
    I must get around to finding where it continues south to.

  2. Gregory Williams

    It’s great to see all of these new improvements making their way to the cycle map. Thanks for your continued efforts Andy!

    In case anybody else is interested in adding a few mileposts as well, the tagging I’ve been using is ncn_milepost = dudgeon | mccoll | mills | rowe, where those are the surnames of their designers. In case you’re not sure of the types, you can use the photos to match each type:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/dudgeontypemilepost
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/mccolltypemilepost
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/millstypemilepost
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/rowetypemilepost

    I’ll get round to producing a proper feature proposal on OSM at some point…

  3. George Coulouris

    I like the improved rendering too. One more minor point: making the pubs prominent is fine, but the markers tend to obscure other stuff at some zoom levels.

    Main point of this post: Jean and I have completed lcn_ref tagging for LCN’s 6 and 0 in Camden and Westminster and 14 in Islington (we’ll update the wiki to show that).

    I’m now wondering whether we should be using relations, as described at http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/Relations/Proposed/Routes .

    George

  4. Andy

    Relations are optional – they are still a bit experimental, but the guys in the Netherlands are using them a fair bit. They are also the only “clean” way to tag if multiple routes share the same road, since with way tagging you can only have one reference number per street, whereas with a different relation for each route a given street can belong to each different relation.

    I must confess to only using way-tagging so far – I haven’t used JOSM for a while!

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