IÂ receivedÂ this email a little while ago and wondered if anyone could add some feedback:
Richard from Cyclelicious here. Â I’ve written a bike routingÂ application that works for New Zealand, but since California is a longÂ ways from there I’m wondering if you could take a look. I’d love some
feedback if you don’t mind.
The map app is atÂ http://www.cyclelicio.us/map/
In this example, I request a route from Mangere Bridge to a point westÂ of Mt Wellington: Â http://goo.gl/A6GFN
MapQuest says the routing should work for distances of up to about 500 km.
The nerdy details: The routing is provided by MapQuest, which in turnÂ uses bicycle facility data from the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project. OSMÂ is a crowd sourced online map — think of it as a map version of
Wikipedia. Hence, the map is only as accurate as the user providedÂ data.
From glancing at the Auckland cycle maps I can find online, it doesn’tÂ appear you have much in the way of off-street cycleways. Still, it’sÂ important to ensure those cycleways are properly “connected” in theÂ map data — in other words, MapQuest doesn’t route you on the cyclewayÂ if the cycleway is not connected to a road. Â I discuss that a littleÂ bit at this blog post:Â http://www.cyclelicio.us/2010/compare-google-mapquest-bike-route/
A couple of things I’ve noticed:
- Mapquest can’t route between certain cities — for example,Â Auckland to Wellington. I see roads, but I don’t know if it’s legal toÂ cycle on those roads.
- Is there ferry service between North Island and South Island? ItÂ doesn’t appear the ferry services are in OSM. If the ferry informationÂ are in OSM, then MapQuest will route cyclists on a ferry.
Thanks a million!