- Google maps cycling / sustrans support
What I don’t get is why Sustrans has given Google this route data – but not offered it to OpenStreetMap – especially as OSM maps are used for the main cycling apps (OpenCycleMap, BikeHub, CycleStreets, MotionX GPS, etc).
i can only assume Google paid them a lot of money for it – which is no bad thing either.Posted 5 years ago
More details (and similar comments) on road.ccPosted 5 years ago
Strange that the Google routes don’t use Sustrans routes in SouthamptonPosted 5 years ago
Where transport direct does…
The CycleStreets/OSM data is slightly less complete than the Sustrans maps, but it is generally more detailed and accurate, as it is created by surveying the area on the ground and includes stuff like road surface, lighting, speed limits, traffic calming, gates, crossings etc – which CycleStreets then uses in its routing.
I’ve just mailed the OSM UK (talk-gb) mailing list to see if anyone has approached Sustrans for this data before.Posted 5 years agoCougarSubscriber
Finding a safe route to ride your bike is set to be easier than ever as cycling routes are made available on UK Google Maps for the first time today at 5pm [Wednesday 11 July], following collaboration between charity Sustrans and Google.
In a ground-breaking move for cyclists and would-be cyclists, National Cycle Network routes across the UK can now be navigated online using a new bicycle symbol on Google Maps, alongside the options of driving, public transport and walking.
\o/Posted 5 years ago
I like the Open Street Map stuff, seems well populated.
Do please get stuck in and help out. 😀 It’s very easy to edit the map, add details to your local area or fix any mistakes.Posted 5 years ago
Their “route map” doesn’t do actual routing though. It’s just overlays their maps on OS maps.
The background maps Sustrans use in their app are OS OpenData so compatible with OSM.
But their routes are vector based anyway so available separately from the background (which is what google will have got from them).Posted 5 years agoDavidBSubscriber
The Sustrans site and routes are a complete pile of poo. I’ve spent the past few weeks transferring them by hand into Tracklogs to plan some epics. Personally I think the Google implementation is a bit poo as well, it means I have to navigate with my smartphone rather than a proper bike GPS. If I had time I’d sit down with a coding hammer and sort it all out. But it’s slipped below “learning Portugese” on the list.Posted 5 years agoTracker1972Member
Have done a bit of adding and editing near where I used to live but there was already a lot of mapping completed already. Since the children arrived and I moved I haven’t done any to be honest. The local woods could probably use a bit of input to be honest. Might inspire me to explore a bit more this summer…Posted 5 years agosasMember
GrahamS – Member
Do please get stuck in and help out. It’s very easy to edit the map, add details to your local area or fix any mistakes.
Apparently I signed up for an OSM account in 2007 and never used it. Well now I’ve just done my first edits, merging in some DfT cycle infrastructure data. Would appreciate it if an OSM expert could check I haven’t royally bodged things up, same username as here.Posted 5 years agoCountZeroMember
The Sustrans site and routes are a complete pile of poo. I’ve spent the past few weeks transferring them by hand into Tracklogs to plan some epics.
They are MUCH more usable on an iPad than they are on the Sustrans site.
Well, they are designed for ordinary folks to check they’re on the right route and heading in the right direction.Posted 5 years ago
On that basis, it’s perfectly adequate, it’s not really aimed at the mapping requirements of most of the people on here.
Teh Gruaniad seem pretty unimpressed with Google Maps, as do the folk they have testing it on twitter.Posted 5 years ago
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