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About our maps

Our maps are made using open data from OpenStreetMap, licensed under the Open Database Licence; with additional UK data from Ordnance Survey, licensed under the Open Government Licence (© Crown copyright and database right 2016), and additional Canadian data from StatCan (Geography Division, Statistics Canada). UK traffic data is from the Department for Transport under the Open Government Licence. Additional US data from federal sources.

Help improve these maps!

OpenStreetMap is made by people like you. If a cycle path, road, pub or café is missing, just head in and add it. It’ll then be available to thousands of other cyclists using cycle.travel, OpenCycleMap, CycleStreets, Sustrans’ printed maps and many other projects: we all take the same data and add our own spin to it.

Here at cycle.travel we’ve supported OpenStreetMap since its first months back in 2004; we’ve mapped countless miles of cycle routes and contributed a lot of the code that’s been used in the project over the years.

How cycle.travel uses OSM data

We aim to take updates from OpenStreetMap every month: it then takes around three days to do all the calculations to find the best routes. Here’s the date on which we last updated the data.

We do a lot of processing work to make the raw OSM map as useful as possible for cyclists. If you’re editing OSM, here are some of the things to keep in mind:

We also use Ordnance Survey data for UK built-up areas, Corine data for European built-up areas, and government open data for North America. We use both Ordnance Survey and NASA data for elevation.

If you find something missing or misleading in our maps and directions, head over to OpenStreetMap to fix it. But if OSM’s right, and cycle.travel isn’t doing what you’d expect with the data, we want to know. Post in the cycle.travel site forum and let us know what you think.

Sorry, no API

Sorry, we can’t offer third-party access to our maps or to our routing service. Our hardware is dedicated to serving visitors to cycle.travel. Our (significant) costs are covered by advertising, so we can only provide the maps and routing on this site, where our advertising is shown.

We hope to offer a mobile app in the medium term which will provide access to our maps. Until then, please don’t try and access our maps from third-party apps (including offline downloaders and ‘scrapers’); we really don’t want to have to serve up unpleasant bogus tiles to apps that use them without permission. Thanks!

If you’re looking for custom development work on cycle routing or cartography, our editor Richard Fairhurst would be delighted to talk to you. If you are looking for an off-the-shelf UK cycle routing API, we recommend you talk to the lovely people at CycleStreets. If you are looking for map tiles, talk to the equally nice people at Thunderforest.