Finding the perfectroute through thecity
One of the most common questions I get is what is the best route fromA to B? The problem with this question is it depends what you arelooking for. If you are confident and enjoy riding in traffic then you caneasily just fire up Google Maps and type in your two destinations.
This is likely to send you down busy A roads and it is also likely to be
the fastest route. However, if you‟re willing to add a couple of minutes
to your journey time then you can benefit from a much more quiet andenjoyable ride.To find those routes that avoid the busy roads there are a number ofwebsites that can help. CycleStreets and Camden Cyclists Map are
two of them.
You‟ll often notice this quieter ri
de takes longer the first couple of timesbecause you are still figuring out the route. Be patient. As you
memorise the route you‟ll stop referring to the map and you‟ll soon be
enjoying more relaxed riding away from the mayhem.
Once you hit “Plan this journey” your route will be calculated. You can
then decide whether you want to select the quietest route possible, thefastest or a balance between the two. The data is unlikely to be perfectas improvements are still being made but it can give you great newideas for routes to take.You can review your ride and then if you wish export it to a GPS file tobe used either with your GPS device or your mobile phone.The guys behind CycleStreets are also busy developing an iPhone andAndroid App so you can take this route planning with you.
Using Camden Cyclists Map
This more manual approach simply shows you where there are cyclinglanes and where people have pointed out quieter routes. You have toplay around with http://maps.camdencyclists.org.uk/allroutes/ to get
used to it but it is a useful tool.