The world conspires to prevent me updating the cycle map – from the ever (and rapidly) increasing amount of data in the db (the “planet” files are now around three times larger than when I started a few weeks ago, and growing at about 200Mb per week) to disk failures in the famous beerwarmer, which is the machine that pre-renders the tiles before uploading.
This week’s update is so late that it could be mistaken for next week’s, which is a pity, since huge amounts have been added – probably several hundred miles of cycle routes. Amazing! Highlights include:
- ncn4 effectively completed between London and Wales with the addition of the Marlborough to Trowbridge section, and extended into Wales towards Newport
- ncn16 appearing between Bishop’s Stortford and Braintree
- The 46 appearing and the 5 being completed south of Birmingham
- More of the ncn68 through Hartington
- Regional Route 10 south of Bristol
- … and a huge amount of work around Newcastle – there was nothing there last time I looked!
If I’ve missed anything, or you want to stake a claim to any of the hard work, then just pipe up!
All in all, I’m constantly amazed by how much stuff gets added to the cycle map each week (never mind all the non-cycle work). In only a couple of months it’s gone from sparse data to a functioning network map. As was apparently pointed out on IRC earlier this evening, you can now get between major cities on our routes. I don’t think it’ll be much longer before OSM becomes the definitive online map for the national cycle network, never mind all the towns and cities that are gaining detailed local maps too.
Here’s a little teaser for something else I’m working on…