Routing for cycling

This episode Adam, Ned and Laura meet in person in the grass beside Herne Hill Velodrome. Adam also takes us on an audio journey through South London using a Beeline routing widget to avoid the main roads and discover some quiet gems - and some strange cycleway nomenclature - along the way.

As well as pondering the many uses of bollards, not least in creating quiet routes, the Streets Ahead trio discuss the challenges, and solutions, of finding your way by bike, away from the main roads, from paint to decent signage - and the role of private companies in helping create modal shift.

Tom Putnam, the cofounder of Beeline, joins Streets Ahead to discuss these issues, and explain how Beeline works to provide quiet routes for people cycling. Beeline's routing is based on Open Street Map, with user feedback helping to constantly improve information around which streets work for cycling, and which ones don't, using simple plus and minus buttons on the routing app or widget. Lighting, low traffic volumes, hilliness and cycle lanes are among the things the algorithm uses to define 'good' routes.

The Beeline Velo 2 is the latest widget iteration, and the Beeline routing software is also available via a phone app. You can find out more here:

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