Oxford cycle group, Cyclox, is asking the city's cyclists to help it plot an online map of the area. The idea is to map Oxford's cycle routes using GPS devices and then bring all the information together in a wiki-type user generated map based on Open Street Map.
One of the beauties of a wiki-style map is that users will be able to update it, adding new routes, or off-road sections, identifying accident blackspots or sections affected by road-works or maintenance work. The group hope to complete the project by the summer and the map will then be open to all.
Cyclox volunteers have already started mapping Oxford's busiest routes, but more volunteers are needed. If you are interested in helping the project Cyclox are giving a presentation tomorrow (22nd Jan), at West Oxford Community Centre in Botley Road starting at 7pm. Refreshments will be served from 6pm.
Cyclox deciided to create the online map after a project to work with the Oxford City Council to create a new cycle map for the city fell through when the funding ran out.
Despite being a city with history of much higher levels of cycling amongst the population than other parts of the UK (along with Cambridge, and York) Oxford has no cycling strategy and last year missed out on £4m of Cycle England funding (which went to Cambridge) as a result.
Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.