3rd September 2012

Mapping the Cyclescape

Viv Alexander

Cyclescape is a web-based cycle campaigning toolkit  from Cyclestreets which received innovation funding in our 2011 GeoVation Transport Challenge.  The aim of Cyclescape is to enable campaigners to gather, discuss and make best use of dispersed knowledge about cycling problems, within the context of local groups.

The website is now at a late beta stage, with most features in place and usage heavy by those registered on the site. It is clear that this is going to be an innovation that is actually used and that it will genuinely solve problems.Image of Cycle Scape map area

The site will be formally launched at the main Cyclenation cycle campaigning conference in October, and groups are being added to the system on a by-request basis.

Using Cyclescape, people can report problems they face on the street/path network via the website. These issues appear on the map as locations that local groups will pick up. Subscribers are automatically informed of new issues that coincide with the places they cycle (having ‘drawn’ these on the map). Groups can discuss any issue in a variety of ways, pull in best practice, add in contextual information (e.g. planning applications), prioritise issues, and turn them into well-researched proposals that can be discussed with, and implemented by, Local Authorities.

The toolkit will help facilitate the work of these groups, enable much easier sharing of information, and provide a range of tools that make clearer the problems that cyclists face, all in a delegated manner that reduces the barriers for getting new people involved.

Outcomes from this new toolkits range from safer cycling and removing barriers that stop people starting to cycle for everyday journeys to improved working relationships between campaign groups and Local Authorities.

Feedback from beta users has been positive:

“The use of maps at the centre of Cyclescape illustrates the point that if a picture is worth a thousand words, so is a map. The maps really facilitate sharing issues and solutions to them. They also mean that you can easily filter which topics are relevant to where you work or live.

Commenting on the GeoVation process, Cyclestreets said:

We would like to thank everyone involved in GeoVation for enabling this project to go ahead. We are excited to have been able to deliver it, and are very encouraged by its potential.

The post above is taken from report from Martin Lucas-Smith, CycleStreets, 5th August 2012