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CyclOSM: OpenStreetMap for bikes

The French love cycling so they made a bike map.

Getting an overview is the start to planning a ride. CyclOSM turns the Canberra map on its head by showing a cyclist’s view of the city. The map data is from OpenStreetMap. These maps are available on the smartphone with another open-source product: OSMAnd.

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CyclOSM: an OpenStreetMap cycling map

The standard view of a CyclOSM is shown below for central Canberra. The paths most suitable for bikes are shown in blue. Dotted lines are on-road or dirt.

CyclOSM: view of central Canberra. Default style.

CyclOSM Lite is an alternate view and shows only the best paths and hides the rest. The OSM Piano map shows OpenStreetMap in the background in black and white. The cycling options stand out. Woden Valley and Weston Creek. It is immediately clear that the network stops and starts in odd places. In other words, these maps are great for visual gap analyses, or for finding the best cycling routes! Gaps in the cycling network are quite typical for older suburbs, as they were designed before cycling or Active Travel was considered, and the missing cycling infrastructure has still not been built. Heysen Street is an example of where the ACT government is currently filling the missing link.

Woden Valley and Weston Creek. CyclOSM alternate style: OSM Piano map with CyclOSM Lite feature set.

Features

CyclOSM shows many features from OpenStreetMap that are useful to the cyclist and displays them as symbols on the map. Zoom in to get this level of detail.

Barriers

Cattle grid
Cycle barrier
Gate
Lift gate
Stile

First aid

Hospital
Police
Pharmacy
Drinking water
Toilets
Shelter
Emergency phone
Public bath

Bicycle-specific amenities

Bicycle repair station
Compressed air
Bicycle rental
Bicycle shop

Shops

Supermarket
Convenience shop
Post office
Café
Fast-food
Pub
Restaurant
Art
Bakery
Beverages
Green grocer
Ice cream
Post box

Housing

Camping
Caravan park
Hostel
Hotel
Motel

Natural

Cave
Peak
Saddle
Waterfall

Tourism

Information
Museum
Monument
Picnic
Viewpoint
Artwork
Board
Guidepost
Map
Memorial
Obelisk
Plaque
Statue
Terminal

Photo by Leah Kelley on Pexels.com
Photo by Leah Kelley on Pexels.com

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