Bikehike – plotting routes
BH has never snapped to bridleways in the time I’ve used it – last few years. Only snaps to road. I do a combination of the two – snap to roads for any linking bits, and hand draw any big deviations on the OS bit. Not too fussed if it doesn’t follow every single sinew of the path.Posted 3 years ago
If you change the settings then it does snap to OSM offroad trails 🙂
1. Change the main map type to “OSMCycle” (top right).
2. Click on options (on right under mapping controls)
3. Change routing algorithm to “Open Street Maps” and Travel Mode to “Walking” (this will allow trails marked as footpaths to be followed).
4. Exit options (red cross icon)
5. Map away!
Note: sometimes it can’t join up some sections and you need to go into manual mode, just uncheck the “Follow Road (google map)” checkbox, do your freehand section and then recheck it. Use the “Undo” option to clear the previous step if BikeHike doesn’t join stuff up correctly. Normally this is only a small section where a trail meets a road (and the OSM author hasn’t made the two join up)Posted 3 years agosimon1975Subscriber
Brilliant tip there from allthepies, I just tried it. I bet my browser doesn’t remember those settings, though 🙁
Don’t forget that you’re best to keep your eyes on the trail(s) on the ground when you’re riding, and choose the “best” one to avoid erosion and obstacles as you go along! It doesn’t usually matter if you’re slightly off the mapped Right of Way, in fact often you need to follow diversions set up around buildings etc anyway.
And if you don’t think that the OSM trails are mapped accurately, please edit them!Posted 3 years agoB.A.NanaMember
As njee20 I’ve never felt the need to do anything more than plot a route roughly. I toggle map size and use OS view mostly. Occasionally during plotting a route it has been glaringly obvious that map doesn’t match satellite, so I’d plot an adjustment, but in reality 9 times out of 10 it would probably be glaringly obvious what the correct decision during the ride is anyway.
allthepies, looks interesting, will give it a go.Posted 3 years agoslowoldmanSubscriber
Has anyone ever compared the elevation data with other mapping systems? I still use an old version of Anquet mapping (‘cos I’ve bought the maps and it works better than the current version) and BikeHike is a good 10-20% lower in terms of feet climbed. I’m inclined to think the digital terrain model in Anquet is likely to be more accurate. Plus it makes me feel better!Posted 3 years ago
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