February 22 2017
London Cycle Lane Map (credit Route Plain Roll, London Cycling Network).PNG
Cities including Edinburgh, Birmingham and Bath have all had their cycle routes mapped in the style of the iconic London Underground map – and now the capital’s own network of infrastructure for people on bikes has had a similar treatment.
The London Cycle Lane Map was originally launched in June last year on the London Cycle Network blog, andhas received widespread attention since yesterday when it was featured on Mail Online Travel. There is a zoomable PDF version of it here.
The London Underground map from which it takes its inspiration is purely diagrammatical in nature, meaning it does not accurately reflect the city’s geography – something evident when comparing the familiar version of it with this one from Transport for London (TfL) showing the lines as the actually relate to the capital’s geography.
As this article on the Mapping London website points out, the London Cycle Lane map adopts a hybrid approach.
Centred on the intersection of the East-West and North-South Cycle Superhighways at Blackfriars, the shaded area in the middle of the map, roughly bounded by Exmouth Market, the Tower of London, Elephant & Castle and Piccadilly Circus at the cardinal points, accurately depicts the capital’s geography.