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.
Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.