London Cycle Maps on your mobile phone
A special edition of A-Z’s digital London Mini Street Atlas which includes Transport for London’s cycle route information has just been launched.
The digital map operates on a mobile phone or a GPS device and covers 150 square miles from Wanstead to Wimbledon and Brent Cross to Eltham. It has a searchable index of more than 129,000 entries, including streets, postcodes, districts, stations, hospitals and bike shops. Clicking an entry in the search results field will quickly display a map showing its location.
Used with a GPS receiver, the map moves to keep the cyclist at the centre of the screen. Current speed and the direction and distance to a chosen destination are also shown.
The map has the complete range of TfL cycle routes including:
The usual A-Z road colours have been removed from this map and new colours applied to highlight cycle routes. Major buildings are colour-coded to indicate places of interest and other buildings that are open to the public.
The map has been developed by CycleCity Guides, a specialist cycle map producer nominated for its mapping technology in last year’s London Sustainable Transport Awards. The company has been involved with surveying routes for London cycle maps since collaborating with the London Cycling Campaign on West London maps in 1999.
Martin Whitfield, director of CycleCity Guides, said the map was a really useful tool that would have a wide audience. “This will soon become essential equipment for anyone cycling in London,” he predicted. “The ability to combine the cycle map and an indexed A-Z in your phone is fantastic. Use the GPS and you will never want to be without it.”
Two versions of the map are available for the Windows Mobile and Symbian S60 3rd Edition platforms. A list of compatible devices is on the A-Z website where the map is downloadable for £6.95. On-line technical support is provided.
CycleCity Guides is currently surveying routes in a number of conurbations, including Manchester, Merseyside, Bristol and Tyneside, and these are also expected to be available electronically in the near future.