TfL releases new data for apps to boost cycling


Transport for London (TfL) has ‘challenged’ app designers to improve their services to cyclists after expanding the data it makes available to them.

It has added mapping information for eight Cycle Superhighways and one ‘Quietway’ to its open data portal. It said this would allow developers to make it ‘even easier’ for Londoners to find and use the best cycle routes.

The information allows developers to accurately map out the existing network within apps and on websites.

The data should help cyclists plan their routes

This can be combined with previously released open data, such as the location of cycle parking at Tube stations and the location and availability of bikes from the 780 Santander Cycles docking stations across the city, to help cyclists plan their routes.

Will Norman, London's walking and cycling commissioner, said: 'Millions of Londoners use apps to navigate around our city every day, and by ensuring this cycling data is available to developers, we can make a big difference to the way journeys are planned.

‘By knowing where the infrastructure is and when new parts are opened, cyclists can pick the best route for them, rather than simply following the way they would go by car or bus. It's yet another way we are working to make cycling even easier for all Londoners.'

TfL said the release of the cycling data forms part of mayor Sadiq Khan’s new ‘blueprint for a healthy London’, which includes encouraging more Londoners to walk and cycle, by making London's streets ‘healthier, safer and more welcoming’.

A key focus will be getting Londoners to reduce their reliance on car use, helping them be more active and tackling air pollution. As part of this plan, £2.1bn is being allocated to a new TfL Healthy Streets Portfolio that will focus on getting Londoners walking, cycling and using public transport.


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