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Needing some help with https://en.routeplanner.fietsersbond.nl/

Posted: 20 Sep 2018, 4:11pm
by Northumberlander
I'm planning my upcoming tour in the Netherlands, and have found the fietsersbond.nl route-planning tool to be absolutely excellent. Except for one thing...

I can't find a way to measure distances along the route (in my case the Zuiderzee LF route.) Suppose I want to plan a 100km day (or in fact, any length of day) and I'm setting off from Amsterdam (or in fact, anywhere...) Which town or village should I be 'aiming for' in order to sort accommodation? This seems to me a crucial piece of information, and I felt sure it must be there, somehow. But I can't find a way to easily plan my days. (I should also say that I cannot find any 'table' of distances along the route online either - this would remove this problem too!)

Of course, there are some lumpy workarounds which will kind-of get me the information I'm looking for, but not always easily or reliably. For example, if I choose to plan a route from A to B, and set the routing preferences to use LF routes, it doesn't necessarily propose the Zuiderzee LF route, and I can't find a way to force it to do so...

The tool is fantastic in so many respects, and I'm concluding that this frustration must be the result of operator error.

Can anyone suggest how it might be done please?

Re: Needing some help with https://en.routeplanner.fietsersbond.nl/

Posted: 20 Sep 2018, 7:04pm
by willem jongman
You can set a distance when you do a circular tour, but not for a one way trip, I think. What you can do, of course, is pick a destination that you expect to be roughly how far you want to go, ask the system to design a route, and then see how far this actually is. I agree it would be nice to have some distance parameter that you can set, just like a more convenient 'via' option where you drag the route would also be nice.

Re: Needing some help with https://en.routeplanner.fietsersbond.nl/

Posted: 20 Sep 2018, 9:02pm
by Northumberlander
willem jongman wrote:You can set a distance when you do a circular tour, but not for a one way trip, I think. What you can do, of course, is pick a destination that you expect to be roughly how far you want to go, ask the system to design a route, and then see how far this actually is. I agree it would be nice to have some distance parameter that you can set, just like a more convenient 'via' option where you drag the route would also be nice.


Thank you! You're proposing one of the 'lumpy' workarounds I've been using. But when more than one LF route is available for the route you propose, and the one the tool chooses is the 'other' one - what then? I can't make it use the one I want to ride...

Re: Needing some help with https://en.routeplanner.fietsersbond.nl/

Posted: 20 Sep 2018, 9:14pm
by Northumberlander
I chose to buy the Basiskaart set of maps (full set covering the whole of the Netherlands), rather than the specific Zuiderzee-only route map. This was because the postage cost was almost as much as the single route map, whereas it was only half of the full set - which therefore looked like the better buy ;-)

I've just read online that the Zuiderzee-specific map contains a distance table - which is exactly what I need... If anyone here reading this has that map, and would be willing to send me a clear picture of that table, I would owe them a number of beers... or cakes... and would happily find a way to deliver my due.

Re: Needing some help with https://en.routeplanner.fietsersbond.nl/

Posted: 21 Sep 2018, 5:50am
by MrsHJ
Sorry-for my zuider zee route I used the same set you have. I think I saw a table online somewhere though but maybe I'm imagining that.

I route planned on cycle.travel.