[CAMWEST-discuss] Open Cycle Map
robkemp at tpg.com.au
Sun Jul 26 21:39:56 EST 2009
I recently discovered OpenCycleMap & OpenStreetMap on the web.
Basically, OpenStreetMap is a wiki style user editable non-copyright map
of the world.
'Ways' or 'Points of interest' are added by users, who then add tags to
OpenCycleMap extracts or highlights all the cycling related information
in the OpenStrretMap database.
I've recently purchased a GPS, and have been riding some of the streets
and shared paths, then uploading the 'tracks' to the OpenStreetMap
website and adding appropriate tags.
Some parts of Sydney have been mapped farily comprehensively, but there
are parts of Western Sydney that have gaping holes, particuarly in
relation to shared paths.
Note that only 'official' routes should normally be added to the
database (as opposed to your favourite routes). There is at least one
website, http://www.bikemap.net/, which lets you select different base
maps (Under the 'Terrain' list button). 'OSM Cycle' can be selected,
and your favourite routes overlayed on this basemap. It would be great
if bikely added this feature sometime in the future......
I see this as a major step forward in making cycling routes and
facilities available to the general public. Written maps are good, but
get out of date quickly. With this system, as soon as a route/shared
path is completed, it can be added to the site. It's not dependent on
the whims of councils or the RTA. The maps can also be uploaded to a GPS.
I've put some links and notes on the Sydney Cyclist website - See
Would anyone either like to do some mapping on their own, or join me on
some mapping rides?
http://www.robkemp.id.au - Trying to live more sustainably
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