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Why Use VeloMap maps for cycling?

  • High Contrast layout optimized for small size screen of Garmin GPS (1.8-4"). Clear differentiation between all street types. Separate low contrast Layout for tour planning on your PC/desktop.

  • Paved or Unpaved? Easy to spot road type. Bridges and tunnels shown. Cycle tracks and cycle lanes shown. Arrows for one way streets…… See the map legend for more.

  • Cycle relevant information like drinking water, city bike stations or bicycle shops searchable and shown prominently.

  • Cycle routes shown prominently BESIDES the streets differentiated by colour and size based on importance (other maps show cycle routes instead of streets so that you don't know what kind of street the route is on, bad for planning).

  • Navigation – Highly sophisticated Autorouting specialised for cycling. Don't cycle on big streets anymore because you got lost. The VeloMap focuses very strictly on road cycling, commuting and touring/trekking. Maps trying to focus for many purposes can never be as good.

  • Easy installation to Garmin Mapsource, Garmin Basecamp or Qlandkarte GT for on PC planning.

  • Good Documentation because everything you want and need to know for using the maps is found on VeloMap.org

  • Contourlines based on the best free (as in beer) data – viewfinderpanoramas.org – as separate download for most countries. Much higher quality in mountainous regions than the mostly used void filled SRTM3".

  • Map Incomplete? You can participate and Add missing to Openstreetmap. Every Week the maps become better and more complete! If you think anything "bicycle relevant" features are missing (but recorded and documented in OSM), drop a comment and I will try to add it.


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Navigation – Find the shortest nice route — or find the most cyclefriendly route.

Garmin offerst two seperate Autorouting modes supported by all GPS and Software. Shorter Distance will actually be shorter than on any other Garmin map I have tried (even though high traffic streets are avoided). Faster time finds nicer routes with even less traffic and makes some detours if needed.

Autorouting using  Mapsource 6.16 or Basecamp v3 up to 200km trip distance without via-points. Around 100-150km with Oregon/Dakota/2010_Generation_etrex/GPSmaps. If you route over longer distances, cities are avoided except for cycleroutes crossing cities.

 

Map Layout

Clean map layout 100% optimized for readability on GPS. Be assured that on the GPS maps therefore are very well readable. As for desktop use the layout has too much contrast, there is a second layout optimized for planning with Mapsource/Basecamp/Qlandkarte GT.

 

 

You can Improve the Maps!!

These maps are based on the freely available wikipedia like Openstreetmap Map Database. You should consider uploading your GPS tracks to openstreetmap and/or help out if you find errors or missing data.  There is a short introduction here listing the most relevant links to get you startet: Participate

 

Who can make use of the maps?

The maps offered here are of course, currently primarily used by Garmin GPS users, but you don't need to have a Garmin GPS to use them. Qlandkarte GT an opensource and freely available Map Viewer can display them in all their pride, and also if not owning a Garmin GPS or buying maps from Garmin you can install the free Garmin Basecamp or Mapsource software and enjoy autorouting like you have not enjoyed before.

 

Need a map for Mountainbiking or Hiking?

Head over to http://openmtbmap.org and get it. Whereas the Velomap showss non paved tracks and trails in very subtle colors, on the openmtbmap you can see difficulty gradings both for Up- and Downhill. Also mtb and hikingroutes are prominently shown.

 

Map Updates – Recap 2…

 

Hallo Everyone, let's continue the news recap and also inform you about latest changes.


First off all there are new contourlines for Denmark, Norway and Finland and Sweden. They are fully based on viewfinderpanoramas.org 1" data – so very high quality. However for Sweden only the 50km bordering Norway are actually excellent quality. The rest is based on 3" data.

So good news for your next trip to Scandinavia. Hopefully soon viewfinderpanoramas.org will update the data for the Alps too – then I will of course also update the contourlines in the Alps.

 

Also I went through openmtbmap and velomap websites and made sure no more broken image links are present anymore. So the map legend and the screenshots are updated (lesson for me – never upload any images to image hosters – or expect them to be deleted after a couple of years).

I'm thinking of upgrading the layout of the websites end of this year – but still some time to go.

 

Lots of work on removing obsolete fixme=incomplete arrows in the maps. Now  it should really only be used if a highway is not fully entered in OSM database and also some more stringent requirements when fixme=continue or noexit=no are shown with arrows in the maps.

 

Again more work on transliteration.

 

Highway=unclassified was shown with highway=residential color in resolution 23. Fixed for both Openmtbmap and Velomap

 


Here's a screenshot of North Norway with the new contourlines (well to be frank – you won't notice on the overview- but if you zoom in then the higher quality is quite obvious).

 

Recap of older Changes

 

fix bug on unclassifieds roads that are part of mtb route and shown as track…

Another big change – especially important for well developed countries is that there is now a new layout for unpaved primary/secondary/tertiary/unclassified/residential roads. I will still optimize this a bit in the future though. However since 3 weeks it should be clear to anyone if for example a tertiary road is not paved.

I still think that the OSM key smoothness is a much better tag to indicate road condition for cycling than tracktype. Of course I convert the values to tracktype – trying to make sure that a grade1 is always paved, a grade2 is a compacted surface (e.g. good condition gravel) and so on. However I mainly relied on smoothness if available to do so. Badly though I must say I noticed much more errors on smoothness values than on tracktype values. Therefore I now treat both keys as same important – and use them much stronger for errorchecking.

Also I reworked the surface key in order to better classify tracks and trails – inocorporating many new values


OSM changed the way forests and wood are described. I therefore uncluded the new keys Leaf_cycle and Leaf_type in order to classify wood/forest/scrub. I keep on using the standard european map layout with mixed, deciduous and coniferous only though. Also for a long time natural=wood without wood=…. was omitted in resolution 21 in the maps. Fixed this.

Lots of countries got improved address search by incorporating the local rules better.

Service=high_speed for highspeed trains (plus rework of other keys that identify high speed railway lines), and better identification of big rivers/canals.

Rework of naming of peaks and summits.

All maps now have integrated contours – also Asia. So for any country (on windows) the installer will automatically install the contourlines. Long time this was not true for Asia.

 

Many many more fixes and changes were done.  OSM is constantly evolving, and so are tagging practices. I try my best to constantly reflect this.

 

Oh – and I noted I haven't been mtbiking much lately. Will need to do much more. Maybe something similar to this trip report I stumpled on (also with openmtbmaps of course):

http://www.mtb-news.de/forum/t/solo-alpencross-2014-in-suedtirol.716888/

 

Finally some VeloMap News again ….

Well I must say, I'm sorry but I have been really lazy about posting news of the maps. I always thought – let's implement this feature – then post a big long news article – and well I never got to do that…

 

So let's split it up into several news posts summarizing the changes over the last year.. Lets start with a list of added Countries and continent maps over the last 14 months:

New Countries where you can cycle to and get the right maps


Antarctica  – well there is not much coverage in OSM here – but it was the last missing continent. Of course with contourlines

and Greenland.

 

Asia – contourlines are now integrated into the installer. Otherwise there is a lot of new Asian countries which I recommend instead because it's a huge download (especially the contourlines at around 9GB)..

 

French Dom Tom:

  • Guadeloupe
  • Guyane
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Reunion

 

in Africa: Cameroon, Sierra-leone

 

in Asia: Bangladesh, Jordan, Lebanon, Russia-asian-part, Sri-lanka, Syria, Bangladesh, Jordan, Lebanon, Russia-asian-part, Sri-lanka, Syria


in  Australia-oceania: Fiji

 

 

Other Big Changes Part 1 – Internationalization and Unicode:

Since about 1 months all maps of countries that are not by default using latin script – are in Unicode. This means that a map can have e.g. both cyrillic script and latin script. Before often in such countries there were many characters showing as "?" Questionmark or just a box. After doing a lot of work on this – I have now the maps if available in OSM bilingual. If you search for a city – you can search by the english name, or by the local name. Only in the address search you will need to use the local name for searching an address. In general if an english (or sometimes French, German, Durch, Spanish, Italian, Danish) name is available in OSM database – then the name will be: English name (local name). E.g. Běijīng (北京市). In countries where I assume translation is not necessary (e.g. European countries using latin script) – only cities are translated as a second point. So you can search for Munich as well as for München in the city search. For address search of your you need the local name – so use München.

I hope that in future I can have all maps in non latin script using countries also transliterated  like international name, if no international name avalaible then transliterated (local name).


There is one catch however – old GPS units – like Vista HCx or GPSMaps 60 series – cannot show unicode maps properly. They will only show the international names if available. That's why I hope especially to get a transliteration in any case at least for city names (let's see about street names) in the coming months. But currently this is not possible.

 

More updates of what has changed, in the next few days…