Cambridge cycle website up for award

Route planner CycleStreets shortlisted

by Kevin Emery   October 8, 2009  

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A website which plans cycle routes all around the country has been shortlisted for a regional award. CycleStreets was created earlier this year by two cycle-campaigning web developers in Cambridge, building on the success of an earlier system for the city which had planned almost 50,000 journeys.

And creator and lead developer Simon Nuttall has been shortlisted for the East Anglian section of the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards, which celebrates the work of people who use digital technology to bring about positive social change.

The site is a UK-wide cycle journey planner system which lets you plan routes from A to B and is designed by cyclists, for cyclists, and caters for both confident and less confident cyclists. The system is run as a not-for-profit venture.

Cyclists from all over the country are contributing to the website and the ideas are helping to make cycling more pleasant. Cyclists can visit the site and get options for both the quietest and fastest routes suitable for a range of cycling abilities.

Both Simon and co-creator Martin Lucas-Smith are regular cyclists and who have been involved with the Cambridge Cycling Campaign for many years.

Simon is up against to others and if he wins the East Anglian region it would be £5,000 of much-needed funding for CycleStreets.

Members of the public can vote online to select the winner CycleStreets user or if you haven’t discovered it yet but like the idea visit www.talktalk.co.uk/we-love-the-web/digital-heroes/eastanglia or click on the red Digital Hero button at www.cyclestreets.net.