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by Richard Fairhurst
8 Jul 2020, 9:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel Question
Replies: 846
Views: 118950

Re: Cycle Travel Question

And something new entirely... I've added a route browser page: https://cycle.travel/browse This highlights cycle.travel's touring route guides, plus (most) other UK National Cycle Network routes, for which I've written short summaries. You can click on a route to see the summary, then open it in the...
by Richard Fairhurst
8 Jul 2020, 9:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel Question
Replies: 846
Views: 118950

Re: Cycle Travel Question

Sorry, I've been a bit behind on the support requests! So a whole bunch at a time... I have quite a lot of routes now - I would like to be able to sort then on length - Some times I just only have time for a 20 mile - so I could have a quick look to see what is about of that length. The second is th...
by Richard Fairhurst
8 Jul 2020, 7:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: multi destination mapping
Replies: 14
Views: 265

Re: multi destination mapping

There's a lot of software capable of doing this but it tends to be industry-facing rather than consumer-facing. In particular, it's the core technology used by courier/delivery companies. I've done it a number of times in my consulting work. Essentially you need a routing engine backend which can ge...
by Richard Fairhurst
6 Jul 2020, 4:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel Question
Replies: 846
Views: 118950

Re: Cycle Travel Question

Unfortunately Google/Android has been pratting around with downloads and randomly blocking them for a few months. :(

What browser are you using, Peter? Is it Chrome, or Firefox, or Samsung Browser, or...? Does it happen on all routes, or just a particular one?
by Richard Fairhurst
2 Jul 2020, 5:14pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Footbridge crossing Leck Beck
Replies: 33
Views: 778

Re: Footbridge crossing Leck Beck

The law says that, on a public footpath, you are allowed a "usual accompaniment". The debate is whether a bike counts as a "usual accompaniment". A dog does. A pushchair does. It's not clear that a bike does. Cycling UK thinks it does, but I suspect that the wish is the father of...
by Richard Fairhurst
2 Jul 2020, 11:59am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sustrans no good for touring
Replies: 88
Views: 2283

Re: Sustrans no good for touring

I might well have ignored your advice, I can't think why when coming from Lichfield I'd be that side of the river. Of course If I were approaching from the East, I would, it's on NCN63. Generations of local cyclists use that route because it's the best one The roads up the east of the river are not...
by Richard Fairhurst
17 Jun 2020, 8:21pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Off-road Gravel Bike Limitations
Replies: 20
Views: 1168

Re: Off-road Gravel Bike Limitations

On a related note, I was fascinated to see this thread from 2008 when the Croix de Fer had just been introduced: viewtopic.php?t=18303 . Who'd have thought it would inspire a whole new genre of bikes?
by Richard Fairhurst
16 Jun 2020, 8:32am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: support for Brecon/Merthyr railway line conversion in Caerphilly
Replies: 4
Views: 203

Re: support for Brecon/Merthyr railway line conversion in Caerphilly

The Brecon & Merthyr Railway is the one in blue on the map here: https://spellerweb.net/rhindex/UKRH/Gre ... rthyr.html . It's not just from Brecon to Merthyr and it does indeed go through Caerphilly. A fair bit is already cyclable railway path, but much isn't.
by Richard Fairhurst
15 Jun 2020, 7:36am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What happened to the Bike Hub app ( BikeHub )
Replies: 3
Views: 301

Re: What happened to the Bike Hub app ( BikeHub )

BikeHub was just a wrapper around the CycleStreets routing engine. You can get the exact same results with the CycleStreets app or website.
by Richard Fairhurst
14 Jun 2020, 6:31pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist pushed into canal by gang on bikes
Replies: 14
Views: 674

Re: Cyclist pushed into canal by gang on bikes

that sort of thing has always worried me. How deep are they? it seems in this case not very? 3ft to 4ft, generally; deeper in the centre of the channel, shallower at the edges. The Manchester Ship Canal is obviously deeper, while the Bumblehole Branch in Netherton (Birmingham) is so shallow that ev...
by Richard Fairhurst
12 Jun 2020, 3:09pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: OpenStreetMap and London
Replies: 2
Views: 325

Re: OpenStreetMap and London

Indeed, and exactly those two route-planners are at the heart of it - I've been working on this for a couple of months together with Martin from CycleStreets. https://github.com/cyclestreets/tflcid-conversion for those of a technical bent who are interested in the gory details.
by Richard Fairhurst
11 Jun 2020, 9:36am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Strange dashes on the screen of an iPhone
Replies: 36
Views: 706

Re: Strange dashes on the screen of an iPhone

That's a progress bar. Probably your iPhone doing some sort of auto-update for the operating system.
by Richard Fairhurst
5 Jun 2020, 10:40am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: German Cycling Maps with Roads Coloured by Traffic Density
Replies: 9
Views: 410

Re: German Cycling Maps with Roads Coloured by Traffic Density

I don't think there's any comprehensive, openly available traffic data for Germany, sadly. I've seen some for NRW, and Hesse appears to produce PDFs which are exasperatingly not machine-readable, but there's nothing nationwide.
by Richard Fairhurst
4 Jun 2020, 9:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Quiet places to tour in England & Wales?
Replies: 20
Views: 942

Re: Quiet places to tour in England & Wales?

Now that's an accolade worth recording! Best pizza of my life in England & Wales: Baravin on the seafront in Aberystwyth. "Pizza darnau porc Penlan, winwns wedi’u carameleiddio, caws Perl Las" - pulled pork, caramelised onions, Perl Las blue cheese. Best pizza of my life elsewhere: Cre...
by Richard Fairhurst
26 May 2020, 8:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: National Cycle Network - Grafham Water
Replies: 13
Views: 526

Re: National Cycle Network - Grafham Water

Definitely not far - we were at the corner of Trent Road and Brooke Road. My other childhood cycling recreation was chasing the learner drivers up the road, then shortcutting via Dee Close and Shannon Way and emerging in front of them...