As the cities began to recover their movement, it was possible to contemplate that in many parts of the world the bicycle recovered an important place in the streets, being chosen by more and more people as their favorite means of transport.
This tool can be very useful both for emerging cyclists and for those with more experience. It is OpenCycleMap, a web resource that brings together on a world map a large database of local, national and international cycle routes that can be accessed by bikes.
OpenCycleMap is a map service based on OpenStreetMap, which works by adding a rendering layer to the map, which adds a selection of useful information for cyclists on top of its traditional planisphere, which can be consulted from wide scales, such as at a continental level, to more detailed and precise approaches, such as at a city scale.
Among the information that can be found within this map is the detail of the lanes and tracks arranged especially for the movement of bicycles, parking points, bike shops, toilets, drinking fountains, bars and wifi connection points.
The database of this platform is regularly updated, ensuring a minimum rate of updates through two week intervals. Despite this, this system does not guarantee the total and timely updating of the information, since priority is usually given to updating the most consulted points. For the same reason, if a more limited area, such as a town or city, is approached, the information may contain older data than that shown in the general view.
Given this condition, this tool does not replace the information that other applications such as Waze, for example, provide in real time about the status of roads and other details of interest. Rather, OpenCycleMap acts as a complement to these services, serving as reference information when planning a trip and as reference material en route.
In the documentation for this service, the symbols corresponding to each piece of information reported through the platform are specified. The detail of the routes, which is usually the one that generates the most interest, is graphical through codes that are easy to identify.
To see the cyclo roads, you must observe the lines present on the map, differentiated by color. The continuous red lines indicate long routes within a country. The continuous lilac lines indicate regional routes of lesser extension, for local walks. The blue lines refer to small bicycle lanes on the streets of a town.
Other alternatives for moving around by bicycle are also indicated on this map by dotted or dashed lines. On the one hand, the blue lines refer to paths that are usually not paved. On the other hand, the red ones indicate that they are roads that are eventually not suitable for crossing by bicycle.
As additional resources, using OpenCycleMap you can check other details of the map, such as the contours and colors of hills and the direction of circulation of a road, if applicable and there are records of that in the system. At least about Europe, there is quite a lot of information on the map.
The easiest way to access this complete and useful map is through the address opencyclemap.org, provided by the creator of this map, Andy Allan.