Open Cycle Map

OpenCyclelMap is part of the Open Street Map Project. Basically it's a wiki style editable map. Routes/features on the map are tagged, and OpenCycleMap extracts or highlights the cycling related features.

Location: Sydney
Members: 52
Latest Activity: Apr 19, 2016

Here are some links describing OpenStreetMap and OpenCycleMap:

* OpenStreetMap wiki page
* Australian Tagging Guidelines
* UK related cycle route definitions
* Tagging of Sydney Cycle Routes
* Map Features and Tagging
* Australian OSM email list
* MapOSMatic - Generate printable maps using OSM data. Doesn't appear to work with Firefox (Works with IE).
* Transparent Map Comparisons - Compare OSM, Google Maps etc.
* Nearmap - High Res Aerial Photographs (with OSM overlays) of some Australian urban areas.
* Downloadable OSM Cycle Maps to Garmin GPS'

I've recently purchased a GPS and am in the process of mapping parts of Western Sydney, with an emphasis on the shared paths, cycle friendly roads and other cycling related infrastructure.
I can see a huge future potential if we can get comprehensive and accurate cycling related maps of Sydney and surrounds; things like the New York based could become a reality in Sydney...Maps showing cycling routes can be downloaded to GPS units...Maybe even auto routing (ie Selecting current location and destination, and the GPS works out the best cycling route between the two).....

Are you interested in becoming involved?
Are you interested in discussing the best ways of tagging the cycling routes around Sydney?
Have you already been involved in the project?
If so, please join the group, and let the discussions begin!

Discussion Forum

Comment Wall

Comment by Neil Alexander on July 27, 2009 at 6:50pm
Hi Rob. I am interested in the potential of GPS in updating Bike Rides Around Sydney. Can you create altitude profiles with the information from the unit?
Comment by RobK on July 27, 2009 at 9:05pm
Hi Neil, I'm sure you can - I just haven't tried as yet. An altitude plot is generated for each track created (viewable on the GPS). I imagine it's one of the parameters in the gpx file that is downloaded. All you need is the software to map the elevation against the lat/lon or route. Darrell Stone is probably a good person to ask about this. He uses some software (OziExplore?) to produce his graphs.
I think there are a few programs out there that would allow you to do this.
My particular GPS has an inbuilt altimeter, and when calibrated, is supposedly more accurate than the elevations obtained from the normal GPS. Calibration is the key though!
Comment by Neil Alexander on August 12, 2009 at 10:01am
So, Rob, what brand/model of GPS are you using? I will need one which downloads info to a PC which is what yours does, correct?

BTW, thanks for the hints about the "Where is my bike", featuring you. Still in the dark, tho!
Comment by RobK on August 12, 2009 at 10:18am
See above discussion....This is the one that I'm using!
Comment by Paul Boundy on August 19, 2009 at 6:35pm
I'd like to reply to the comments posted, but doing so will lose the thread so it is better done by creating a discussion were users can repy to each individual post. :)
Comment by weiyun on September 22, 2009 at 8:50am
I note that OpenCycleMap and OpenStreetMap are available through free iPhone app RouteBuddy Atlas. It works pretty well and is more convenient than swapping Garmin map files.
Comment by Jacqueline Hicks on November 21, 2009 at 10:31am
Comment by Ben on February 2, 2010 at 7:42am
Rob - I realise your comment was a while back, but the cycle map layer in Open Street Map uses the NASA altitude data for the contours (freely available). There is stuff on the OSM wiki on how to incorporate that data into Mapnik (the rendering engine that OSM uses).
Comment by RobK on February 2, 2010 at 8:15am
Ben, I was looking at your bikebus route mapyesterday and wondering how you did it. It looks great. Having a quick look at the page code, do you just upload a gpx track, and then java handles the rest? Did you code this, or is there a package/site that will generate the code required?
Comment by Ben on February 2, 2010 at 10:31am
Check out the Open Layers examples on the OSM wiki. I basically re-used one of the examples there that loads a GPX file.


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