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A cycle trip in your pocket

How important is a map to encourage walking and cycling, and what needs to be considered? Mark Strong, managing consultant at Transport Initiatives LLP, has some answers

Mark Strong
Route-based mapping on a Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme docking station
Route-based mapping on a Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme docking station


For many people, one of the biggest barriers to cycling is working out how to get to places using a route that fits their needs. Some have the confidence to take direct routes along main roads, but many more need some reassurance that they won’t have to mix with fast traffic or use busy roads. Until our network of cycling infrastructure is to Dutch or Danish standards, a key part of this will be providing good quality, user-focused maps helping people plan their journey.

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