I’m very impressed with this map. The brain child of Simon Parker, a fomer student and mini-cab driver, the London cycling map attempts to do for cycling what the London underground map does for the tube; tame its complexity and make it simpler.

Working on the premise that the London cycle network falls victim to its own complexity – lacking a more holistic approach to cycle transit – the map recognises the system’s inherent interconnectedness* and uses a colour coded system to bind directional routes together.

Parker’s idea of colour coding the maps according to an adapted compass orientation (5 axis rather than 4) is a rather good one. It has the advantage of always offering the cycling routes in relatively straight lines (in common with Henry Beck’s Tube map) and pulls together several existing cycle tracks to form one single directional unit. This dispenses with the fine detail that…

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