Desire Network/ Tube map
geomannie last edited by
Creating a desire network may be a difficult task as everyone has their own views on how they would like to see an ideal Glasgow/Strathclyde cycle network but if we start by looking at the "desire lines" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desire_path shown by the Strava/EUCC data then we have a evidence-based framework to start with. We can build on this and amend as we go.
I have previously made some baby steps to using Googlemaps to make an editable map of Glasgow cycle routes https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?hl=en&authuser=0&mid=145QMLJ-ThoyldWqRnIR5b-IiFXM&ll=55.77472088707413%2C-4.328521499999965&z=11
Maybe we could use a similar approach to collaboratively work up a cycle network?
I'll have to show some leadership, but its useful to know what other people are thinking.
How is the map that you linked editable, do you have to sign into Google maps?
I'm also considering contacting Anna Richardson, she might be interested to know that we are creating a strategic network plan and might have input into what would make it more attractive to her other colleges.
JoeSoap76 last edited by
Here's an interesting one... Smart Dublin has partnered with See.Sense to use their smart lights to gather anonymised data from cyclists in the city.
I have some of their lights; Aside from being good lights, they're pretty feature-packed and pick up on things like road surface, sharp braking and sudden movements (i.e. accident avoidance) as well as your standard GPS position & speed. So, in theory, the data they're gathering would not only produce a heat-map but also the fast/slow routes and any 'problem' areas. Tie that up with a map of existing infrastructure and you might be able to identify what is and isn't working.
I suspect either (or both) Smart Dublin or See.Sense kicked this off with a very clear idea of what they were hoping to achieve and how... maybe worth dropping them an email with what we're trying to do and asking for some advice?
At the very least they might have some good input... possibly even some data (I'm surely not the only one running their lights in the city)?
iain last edited by
I know the west and east ends best so from observation I would say that a couple of key routes not covered already would be...
- Great Western Road
- North Hanover Street/Royston Road
- Dumbarton Road/Argyle Street/St Vincent Street
It's also important to strategically connect up with communities such as those along Royston Road who have extremely low levels of car ownership and which are least likely to show up in strava data.
A quick archive link of someone doing cycle network research in Glasgow.
I've been thinking a possible approach to mapping if we start with routes that are good enough to be safe for children to cycle, we'd see the missing links to join up.
A lot more work for a big city though! Rachel has talked about doing this for London: http://rachelaldred.org/projects-2/the-london-cycleable-network-map/. Perhaps it possible to automatically import the streets labelled as "quiet", prune as necessary and add other cycle routes like the old rail lines and canal paths.
So I've been trying out OSMnx which allows me to extract all the line data with its meta data in Open Street Maps and put it into a GIS project.
Compare side by side Glasgow with what is arguably the best cycling network in the world, Assen Netherlands. Yes this is to scale! You can see there's lots to do to create a Glasgow grid. (I just overlayed the main roads to show what's mostly missing )
The Assen map colours are all proper and existing cycle routes, red = primary cycle route, blue= secondary cycle route, green = recreation cycle route.
Assen does achieves the network by using route unravelling, linking residential streets into direct cycling routes, but also not skimping on segregated cycle paths and restricting through motor traffic.
Also here's the wards of Glasgow
The Glasgow Council has its official version of the "cycle network".