CycleStreets: Past, present and future

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  • Cycle-unfriendly streets put people off cycling Fixing the problems requires political pressure Cycle campaign groups around country provide this Voluntary groups suffer usual problems Systems to manage poor Best practice poorly accessible Add geographical basis High barrier to volunteer entry Liaison with LAs often poor
  • Cycle-unfriendly streets put people off cycling Fixing the problems requires political pressure Cycle campaign groups around country provide this Voluntary groups suffer usual problems Systems to manage poor Best practice poorly accessible Add geographical basis High barrier to volunteer entry Liaison with LAs often poor
  • Cycle-unfriendly streets put people off cycling Fixing the problems requires political pressure Cycle campaign groups around country provide this Voluntary groups suffer usual problems Systems to manage poor Best practice poorly accessible Add geographical basis High barrier to volunteer entry Liaison with LAs often poor
  • Cycle-unfriendly streets put people off cycling Fixing the problems requires political pressure Cycle campaign groups around country provide this Voluntary groups suffer usual problems Systems to manage poor Best practice poorly accessible Add geographical basis High barrier to volunteer entry Liaison with LAs often poor
  • CycleStreets: Past, present and future

    1. 1. CycleStreets: past, present, future Cycle journey planning, for cyclists, by cyclists
    2. 2. What does CycleStreets do?
    3. 3. What does CycleStreets do? Photomap / Cyclescape Campaigning tool
    4. 4. CycleStreets: who? Simon Nuttall Martin Lucas-Smith Routemaster Webmaster … and various people helping out in various ways!
    5. 5. Journey planner: features        Route choices: fastest/quietest/balanced UK, and… Takes accounts of hills Turn-by-turn Photos-en-route CO2 saved, Calories Waypoints…
    6. 6. “why?”  simon, http://cycle.st/p3481
    7. 7. Why?  “More people cycling, more safely, more often”  Challenges to getting more people cycling  Traffic, confidence, cultural issues  Routes – different to car routes!  Poor infrastructure
    8. 8. Why we do it…  “It helped me find a quick route from my house to my new job. Very much appreciated, well done.”  “Needed route planning with very current Cambridge maps and just used the excellent http://cyclestreets.net for the first time (non-cyclist).”
    9. 9. history  martin, http://cycle.st/p33221
    10. 10. CycleStreets: history  Cambridge Cycling Campaign journey planner  June 2006  5,000 lines drawn over Gmap sat  47,000 journeys planned  15,000 photos
    11. 11. CycleStreets: history  Edinburgh CycleStreets  Scottish Government’s Sustainable Transport section grant via Chris Hill, Changing Pace
    12. 12. CycleStreets: history  Lots of requests for same thing around the UK  OpenStreetMap: free, no barriers  UK-wide: March 2009  Busy since then
    13. 13. Struggling to keep up!  Millions of cycle journeys  Tens of millions multimodal journey API calls
    14. 14. “standing on our own two feet”  kbrumann, http://cycle.st/p10560
    15. 15. Social enterprise  Not a business for sake of being a business  Ltd company, not-for-profit  Charity not appropriate structure  Picture: umi3.co.uk
    16. 16. Funding  Generally low-cost operation  Big projects and embedded journey planners  Turnover: 8k, 37k, 121k, 21k  1.5 years worth of salary (over 4 years)  Picture: utilityweek.co.uk
    17. 17. “going mobile”  bblake, http://cycle.st/p16715
    18. 18. iPhone app
    19. 19. Android app
    20. 20. BB10 app
    21. 21. HTML5 app
    22. 22. Windows Phone 8 app
    23. 23. Third-party  Third-party API  Barclays Bikes  Bike Hub industry satnav  Citymapper London/NY  ViewRanger  etc.
    24. 24. Bike Hub
    25. 25. Citymapper (bike routes)
    26. 26. Barclays Bikes
    27. 27. Local Authorities  timbo, http://cycle.st/p37664
    28. 28. White-label sites – Local Authorities  cyclestreets.net/services
    29. 29. Cycling Scotland  Website journey planner http://cyclejourneyplanner.cyclingscotland.org/
    30. 30. Community mapping guide  www.cyclestreets.net/getmapping/guide/
    31. 31. PleaseCycle
    32. 32. West Sussex cycle planner
    33. 33. Various others          CTC Bike Week LCC Somerset County Council Bike Hub Cambridge Cycling Campaign Beactive (Royal Mail) Spogo … more
    34. 34. Back in January 2011... Transport Direct CJP CycleStreets www.transportdirect.info/Web2/JourneyPlanning/FindCycleInput.aspx www.cyclestreets.net £2.4 million (from tax) £28k 92,000 journeys planned 458,000 journeys planned £26.09 per journey 6p per journey £1m – budget for 2011 £130k needed 32 areas (professionally surveyed) UK-wide (dated Jan 2011, total now = ??) (dated Jan 2011, reached 3.4m as of now) (but depends on OSM completeness)
    35. 35. Was main feature on data.gov.uk for months!
    36. 36. UKGov Now much more positive relationship Realise value through open data Their data going into OSM Want to make CycleStreets the solution of choice for Local Authorities
    37. 37. England Cycling Data project
    38. 38. Transport consultancies - SDG
    39. 39. Transport information providers - Traveline Cymru
    40. 40. Bike Hub leisure routing
    41. 41. Prahou na kole (Prague by bike)
    42. 42. Photomap-based sites
    43. 43. Photomap-based sites
    44. 44. POI-based stuff
    45. 45. Flexible platform  Work done for ‘skinnable’ interfaces  Re-use of components for other systems
    46. 46. “putting it together”  simon, http://cycle.st/p1221
    47. 47. How a routing engine works • Find route with lowest score, i.e. least ‘friction’ • ‘Shortest path algorithm’ - Standard problem in computer science, we use A* method
    48. 48. How it works (briefly)
    49. 49. How it works  Adjust for hills  Surface quality  Cycle lane widths  Barriers, obstructions (even dropped kerbs)  Lighting  Turn delays now in engine
    50. 50. How it works (briefly)  So each path/street now has a score User comes to the site  System finds lowest total score from A to B  Repeat for quietest/fastest/balanced (different scores for each)
    51. 51. Network compression  Cell optimisation ( ‘Cello’) Makes routing faster A 9 8 4 10 C A D 6 3 AC = 9 B 9 Park: 4 nodes & 7 edges C AD,BD = 7 BC = 6 B After: 3 nodes & 3 edges
    52. 52. OpenStreetMap CycleStreets data interrogation
    53. 53. Getting involved: open sourcing  Greater involvement  Really, really are almost there now!  Keeping it running priority  Code from 2006-2013  Mobile apps, scripts, Cyclescape done  github.com/cyclestreets
    54. 54. “challenges”  Warrington’s “Cycle Facility of the Month”, http://cycle.st/p11500
    55. 55. Competition  Google  OpenStreetMap-based  UKGov
    56. 56. Uniqueness  More than just a routing engine  Needs a product / identity / ecosystem  Detailed knowledge of how cyclists behave  Cycling community embeddedness  Flexible platform
    57. 57. Challenges       Modernising the interface Funding Codebase is large and ageing Moving from closed to open project Competition: cycle planning less niche Going global!
    58. 58. Cyclescape: campaigner toolkit  kbrumann, http://cycle.st/p14131
    59. 59. Helping campaigners get more people cycling, more often
    60. 60.  Cycling offers many solutions to transport problems – efficient, cheap, healthy, no CO2.  UK (2% rate) vs Netherlands (30%)
    61. 61. CycleStreets Photomap
    62. 62. Fixing cycle-unfriendly streets Needs local pressure through campaigning Voluntary groups – lack of time, knowledge, etc.
    63. 63. Typical problems of campaigning Lots of issues, hard to keep track of E-mail lists broken technology: all/nothing, off-topic No usable archive of discussions Hard to match people with locations Hard to prioritise when lots of issues Poor categorisation
    64. 64. Typical problems of campaigning Miss planning applications Hard to get new people involved Guidance and official rules hard to find Data like collisions needed Easy to miss deadlines HIGH BARRIER TO INVOLVEMENT
    65. 65. Cyclescape aims to tackle these Members watch areas Subscribed when issues added Discuss, in geographical context Propose solutions
    66. 66. Cyclescape aims to tackle these Members watch areas Subscribed when issues added Discuss, in geographical context Propose solutions
    67. 67. www.cyclescape.org
    68. 68. Features designed for groups
    69. 69. Collision data  www.cyclestreets.net/collisions
    70. 70. Planning applications
    71. 71. Planning applications
    72. 72. Where are we now? Site live, feature in place Usability work and finishing-off Anyone know where we can get £15k ? blog.cyclescape.org
    73. 73. David Earl Martin Lucas-Smith, www.CycleStreets.net Twitter: @cyclestreets info@cyclestreets.net

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