I have been looking to declutter the map of London’s Cycle Network, which will be coming into being in 2016, that I have created. Here is the result.
I have taken some inspiration from some metro maps I have seen recently. The overall idea is to create a simple legend that covers all possible combinations of colour (the extent the route has been officially marked as either a strategic or local corridor) and width (the extent of protection afforded to cyclists). I very much hope that this makes sense to the user, so any feedback on this would be very welcome.
Gone are the colour variations of the different routes. My feeling is that in the future there is likely to be so many cycle routes coming on line in London it will be impossible to give each their own meaningful colour. In have come markers at the beginning and end of each official corridor. The hope is that overall this will make the map easier to follow for all users.
The map will be updated when further TfL Quietways and London Central Grid routes open during the year. The Quietways shown on the map have been curtailed, as have the Cycle Superhighways that do not afford much protection to cyclists. This is to reflect the belief that they are more likely to act as links between the higher quality Cycle Superhighways, than being significant routes in their own right. 2016 will of course give a better indication as to how this will pan out.
Finally the map has been updated to reflect five main grid areas within London:
The aim is to go on from here to create more detailed maps of these areas to give better direction details for each route, as well as showing the most significant places of interest for both those exploring and those living in London. So I guess what this space!