This initiative in SA looks really great ... anyone here tried it yet?
The SA Dept of Transport have just announced their new Cycling Instead Journey Planner. Itâ€™s an online cycling trip planning tool. Itâ€™s a map tool using google maps to help Adelaide cyclists plan the best way of getting from A to B.
From the few test trips Iâ€™ve thrown at it I am impressed. You might have read that Google had attempted a â€˜by bikeâ€™ route planner with their maps but it was quite criticised. The DETI planner allows you to choose your preferences such as - fastest, low traffic and maximise paths. This is where it is very smart. I asked it to give me a route from my suburb to Mawson Lakes using paths. It knew to use Linear Park and most impressively knew where the little bridge was for crossing over. It then offered me a route I had not considered and showed me it was 10.72km and should take me 33 minutes at an average (default) speed of 20km/h. The average speed can be reduced to 5km/h or increased to 50km/h. If you donâ€™t like hills you can also set the maximum gradient you want to challenge you and it will re-route you around the steep bits. Once you have set your route you can print it out as â€˜turn by turnâ€™.
More details at Adelaide Cyclists ...