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Mapping Wiki getting to the point where we need a List

Mar 22, 2010 @ 3:32

The Biking Toronto blog ”Toronto/GTA Bicycle Route Mapping Wiki” got a new indexing feature today.

The "List of Maps" in Route Mapping Wiki

The "List of Maps" in Route Mapping Wiki

The “List of Maps” is broken out by which point on the compass the map starts.

You can add a map too! Cyclists who want to make their own map:

* Go to Sport Distance Calculator, make a map of your favourite route… (save is above the map)
* Then post the URL of the map in Twitter (there’s a button for that), and add #BikeRouteWiki to the end of your Tweet

I will monitor the Twitter list – when a new map comes in I will take a picture of it to use as thumbnail and publish it in FilterBlogs – with a link back to the original Sport Distance Calculator user generated map. The original map is secured with a pass word and only the creator can make changes to it.

(If you do change your map – please re-post in the Twitter list – so I’ll be aware of it – changes may effect the search label it gets.)

All Bicycle Route Mapping Wiki Project maps are posted in Twitter at List: ‘#BikeRouteWiki‘.


Posted: March 22nd, 2010
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9 Comments on “Mapping Wiki getting to the point where we need a List”

  1. 1 Joe T. said at 6:56 am on March 22nd, 2010:

    This is a great feature Michael! :)

  2. 2 michael holloway said at 9:44 pm on March 23rd, 2010:

    Thanks Joe,

    Once the tag meme becomes crystallized I will link them too.

  3. 3 Todd Tyrtle said at 8:29 am on March 24th, 2010:

    Very cool to be at this point. Quick question, though: How was the current mapping program chosen? I ask because maybe I’m missing something but I find the interface for the current one a bit clunky to enter routes. Is there a mode in which you can simply tell it to follow the road between the new and old points? They have that on gmap-pedometer (you can turn it on and off) and it’s really simple. I’ve also mapped a few routes over at and it has that feature as well plus the ability to add notes at any point (e.g. “The path is hard to find – the entrance almost looks like someone’s driveway – don’t worry, it isn’t.”) that come up as you go through the turn by turn directions. Lots of people don’t use them (I didn’t for my routes there as they were more for distance determination).

    Just curious.

    By the way – my new route between Dufferin Station and Dufferin and Steeles works beautifully. I cut 5 km off my commute (and am only about 3 km over the car route) and it has a bunch fewer “conflict points” and a much lower stress 401 crossing than Avenue Rd. I’ll try to put it in this weekend.

  4. 4 michael holloway said at 11:16 am on March 24th, 2010:


    Thanks for the reminders about those other mapping places.

    I choose the Sport Distance Calculator, but I can’t see why anyone shouldn’t use the application they like – as long as you can save each route and the map has it’s own address (URL). We can import a thumbnail of any map, link it back to the interactive version and post it here in our Toronto/GTA wiki – wherever it was made!


  5. 5 Todd Tyrtle said at 11:52 am on March 24th, 2010:

    Excellent! I’ll put the new route in Bikely – there are a couple points that I’m noticing would benefit from a note or two.

    It occurs to me also that if we’re using all different map sources we could also use some routes that are already there. Speaking of which – I created one long ago that gets you from Yonge and Eglinton to Dufferin and Steeles.

  6. 6 Todd Tyrtle said at 11:52 am on March 24th, 2010:

    A link would be nice, wouldn’t it?

  7. 7 michael holloway said at 5:54 pm on March 24th, 2010:

    Great Todd, thanks.

    The post is in the works. I’ve got the thumbnail made with the link to Bikely. Just one question: would you tag this route ‘safe’ or ‘fast’?


  8. 8 Todd Tyrtle said at 8:07 pm on March 24th, 2010:

    I wouldn’t call it particularly fast as it’s not that direct. It’s *mostly* safe, I’d say. The 401 crossing’s a bit harrowing and if you ride on the street for Finch and Dufferin it isn’t particularly safe (sidewalks there are empty so for better or worse I take them)

    So I’ll go with “relatively safe” – hardly any major roads.

  9. 9 michael holloway said at 12:41 pm on March 25th, 2010:

    Thanks for that clarification Todd. ‘Relatively’ isn’t a tag that sounds useful – so I’m just going to go with ‘safe’ and let folks figure out if that works for them.
    I’m starting to see how the modern street set up outside of the ‘Old City of Toronto’ is difficult for cyclists, major hi-way type streets dominate long runs. You’ve done a nice job un-covering an off ‘Broadway’ route there, way to go! :)


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