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 https://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.

 

New – Premium Gmapsupp.img – directly for Garmin GPS units

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As Garmin does not seem to fix MapInstall on Windows anytime soon – I’ve now also made all countries except Europe continent and Asia continent (they are too big) available as gmapsupp.img download – which after unpacking – you can directly move onto your GPS device.

Actually for Mac OS x – there is a new version of Basecamp 4.8.3 – which includes MapInstall 4.3.1 beta – and according to first info I have received – that seems to be fine and send maps without problems. If I don’t here of problems soon – I will also update the articles on the website and remove the warnings for Mac OS x users.

 

Directly using gmapsupp.img downloads . you lose the possibility to only upload a part of a map to your device as you could do using MapInstall (or Mapsource for Windows users). The advantage is that you can very quickly change the layout (on both Windows, as well as Mac OS x or Linux), and that it’s the quickest and easiest way.

If you want to use the maps for planning on your desktop – then you will need the Desktop map too or instead. Note: If you plan a route in Basecamp on your desktop – you should use exactly the same map on your device (so same date, same country – but Unicode/Non Unicode does not matter – so you could use Non Unicode map on your GPS device if needed, and Unicode map on your Desktop/Notebook)

 

The Gmapsupp.img downloads are available for all countries/continents except for Europe continent map and Asia continent map – which are simply too big.

The contourlines are packed into separate gmapsupp.img files – so when updating you do not need to download them again.

The downloads come with scripts included for easy changing of the layout. The scripts run on Microsoft Windows (cmd.exe) respectively Apple Mac OS x and Linux (bash). This way you can adapt the layout of both the contourlines and the maps themselves. For everyone who had problems with too thick or too thin contourlines on his Garmin GPS device – this opens up a quick solution.

 

The gmapsupp.img downloads are available for free to all active OpenMTBMap respective VeloMap Members.

 

New Contourlines for all Maps – and again – Please Stick to Basecamp 4.6.x

1. Yesterdays/Day before Yesterdays map update of the Europe Map has new contourlines – so especially all OSx users – please do not reuse the old contourlines. For Windows the installer throws an error message anyhow.

It took me a lot of time to iron out bugs in the contourline data, convert it correctly to the needed input formats – fill voids and put it together. The Europe map is now the first to be fully based on Sonnys LIDAR data where available (Italy is new), elsewhere the still pretty excellent ALOS World 30m data – and from 60° northwards voidfilled viewfinderpanoramas 3″ data. Yes except for the Alps the Viewfinderpanoramas 3″ data used to be the common source for all my contourline maps – it’s IMHO crazy how much better the ALOS – and of course LIDAR data is in mountaineous regions. LIDAR data is from laser scanning – of course that will be the best possible to attain, however the ALOS data (downsampled from Alos World 5m data to 30m) is where it’s not voidfilled by SRTM1v3.0 really astonishingly good in my eyes. Often flatter forest areas are put 5-10m too high (but SRTM and viewfinderpanoramas also have that problem – if a little less) – but especially in rougher areas the accuracy is pretty good.

I’ve now also put 10m contourlines instead of 20m interval to all European countries that have no summit over 500m altitude (and to some Germany Bundesländer Maps). Else it’s 20m.

This weeks map update will be using the new contourlines for most European countries, and some worldwide countries – however only for maps where the contourlines are not a separate download. Next week map update will then have the new better contourlines for all countries. 

Also of course again all contourline maps come with altitude shading and for those countries like Europe continent map where partly contourlines where missing – this should be fixed with the new contourlines.

 

See below for the Matterhorn – the Matterhorn is pretty much data rubbish in most elevation models – due to it’s sticky pointyness, usual cloud cover and glaciers. Thanks to LIDAR data it’s really pretty exact (compare that to SRTM1 rubbish in Google earth for fun).

Matterhorn 3D View in Basecamp

 

2. Again to stress on Basecamp 4.7.0 – Please do not use it neither on OSx, nor on Windows. It is prone to crashes  – and while on Windows MapInstall 4.2.0 which comes with it – will not send maps on Windows, and often crash while sending larger maps on OSx.

On Windows make sure to run both Uninstall and Installation with Administrator rights – and if you have Problems – Uninstall again – and delete all garmin Folders in Program Files / Program Files X86 folders. Your userdata is safe and not affected as that is in your Userprofile / Appdata folder (no  need to delete anything here).

On OSx I’m not quite sure how to check correct full uninstallation – but it should be similar. 

See also: https://openmtbmap.org/updates/do-not-update-to-basecamp-v-4-7-0/