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 Stephan Meyn on March 30, 2010 at 10:46pm
Just joined. I noticed there are routes inn the Kensington - La Perouse area that I could add. However OSM confuses me. Is the potlatch editor appropriate or do I need to use a different one?
Comment by RobK on March 30, 2010 at 10:59pm
Hi Stephan, Potlatch can be used (This is the editor that I use at present), although those that have mastered JOSM generally swear by it in preference to Potlatch.
Remember that only 'official' routes should be added into the OSM database.
I'm no expert, but am happy to discuss further.
Comment by Stephan Meyn on March 30, 2010 at 11:18pm
Well I would have to do some mastering first.
I was under the assumption, this being an open map one could add routes that are useful rather than being official. What makes a route official?
Comment by RobK on March 30, 2010 at 11:40pm
Some councils have official on-road routes. RTA have 'official' routes. Some roads have sign-posted shoulders. It is a little ambiguous. If you'd like to mark routes that you use that aren't official, I think the best way to go is to plot it on one of the sites that use Open Cycle Map as a base layer.
Comment by Ben on June 15, 2010 at 4:07pm
Stephan - did you ever get anywhere with your Kensington/La Perouse routes? This part of Sydney is looking a bit bare as far as cycle routes go.
Comment by Ben on June 16, 2010 at 1:01pm
I'm not sure if anyone has noticed, but the map hasn't updated for a few weeks now. (I have a number of edits in the inner-west and eastern suburbs that are waiting to appear.) It seems there are problems with the servers, which presumably has prevented the normal map rendering to run. (See Andy's comment on
Comment by Ben on June 18, 2010 at 9:49am
Ah the map has updated again! New cycle routes in Burwood, Strathfield, and some of the missing ones from Ashfield. It looks like rendering is in progress at the moment, so not all zoom levels are complete yet.
Comment by Ben on July 23, 2010 at 1:04pm
The map seems to have gone stale again. There are a few edits that happened more than a month ago that are not on the map yet.

While it's frustrating, on the bright side, there will be a number of new routes marked when the map finally updates!
Comment by Ben on August 16, 2010 at 10:57am
The map has updated again.
Comment by Ben on October 25, 2010 at 9:22am
I added the College St cycleway (Hyde Park south) here:

There are currently shared paths as you approach the intersections with Oxford/Liverpool and William St.


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