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A CycleStreets route screenshot. source

CycleStreets is a UK-wide cycle journey planner system based on OpenStreetMap data, which lets users plan routes from A to B by bike.



Users can use the website to plan either the fastest, quietest or shortest routes around a number of urban areas in the UK, including Cambridge, Bristol and Edinburgh. These routes are then displayed on an OpenStreetMap map base, with distance, time taken and route directions calculated. The route is also exportable as .KML file which displays the route as a 'fly through' using Google Earth.

CycleStreets also allows photos to be uploaded to visualise the route or to point out problems or obstructions which need attention. Photographs are classified into ones showing signs, problems, obstacles and examples of good practice. There were over 15,000 photographs available in March 09.

Technically, the product uses Open Layers and OpenCycleMap as well as various other open source projects. Details of the routing algorithm are provided.

The project was supported by Changing pace and received a small grant from Cycling Scotland.


CycleStreets started as the Cambridge cycle journey planner project in June 2006 and was launched in Beta stage as the national level CycleStreets in March 2009. The system was created by Simon Nuttall (lead developer) and Martin Lucas-Smith.

Future development

Work on the product started in 2006 as the Cambridge cycle journey planner and was released as Cycle Streets in March 2009.[1]

The site is currently in open beta stage and is in the process of fixing bugs towards a final release. Plans include extending coverage to other areas of the UK and providing .GPX file exports of routes.

External Links


  1. Development of Cycle Streets
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