User Generated Bicycle Route Maps Yeste…

By | March 3, 2010

User Generated Bicycle Route Maps

Yesterday I left a note here in SET BUG group, about OpenStreetMap.org – a perfect medium, I said, to create a user generated bicycle route map for the GTA.

After a day of study at Open Street Map I found it to be too complex for my coding abilities.

The good news is, I went back to an application I’ve used before the Sport Distance Calculator and it has all the elements I was imagining for this project – except importability.

With the Sport Distance Calculator you can create route maps and add a paragraph that describes the route. The map is then saved with the creator’s own password (to secure it). Each map has it’s own URL.

Below are the URL’s for the four maps I made today. I posted them to Twitter with the #BikeTO list tag and a short description with some keywords – safe, efficient, fast, and commute – that describe what kind of route they are.

http://www.sportdistancecalculator.com/?id=1086#map

http://www.sportdistancecalculator.com/?id=1085#map

http://www.sportdistancecalculator.com/?id=1084#map

http://www.sportdistancecalculator.com/?id=1083#map

Some Ideas to take this further

Biking Toronto users can create maps of their favourite ‘commute’ or ‘safe’, ‘recreation’ or ‘touring’ routes (to name a few keywords I’ve thought might make the data base accessible) and then post the URL’s here or in a specific list in Twitter.

I think I can create a list of images with links in them to the Sport Distance Calculator’s server.

Or using Bit.ly link customizers we can label the URL’s by keyword to help users search in a list – posting them on a separate page in Biking Toronto will give you a search-able database through Google et al. a well.

Michael Holloway


2 Comments

Joe T. on March 4, 2010 at 9:21 am.

This looks great Michael!

Is there a way to get all different routes onto the same map?

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