Prudential RideLondon route as Open Data

Prudential RideLondon is a world-class festival of cycling, and the fourth edition will take place this coming weekend – 29-31 July 2016.

We have made the route of the event available as Open Data. You can download it here, and it is free to use under our usual policy. The data in the KML file can be used by developers wishing to incorporate the different sections of the event into their maps or other applications.

For example, the route can be visualised like this, using mapbox and leaflet.js.

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The Prudential RideLondon takes place this weekend. Here is the route visualised in leaflet.js

Let us know in the comments if you feel this information is useful for you and the apps you’re developing, and please do let us know if you have any questions on this.

London Collision Map and Improved Cycle Journey Planning

As part of a wider road safety strategy, last week we launched the London Collision Map and London collision data on our website and in our API, as part of our ongoing commitment to providing open data. We’ve also made improvements to cycle journey planning.

The new cycle journey planning features include:

  • Google street view images at every turn of the route to help cyclists prepare a ‘mental map’ of their route and visualise junctions before they make their journey.
  • The location and details of cycle parking at London rail stations including information on the number of potential spaces, the type of cycle parking and whether it is covered.
  • ‘Cycle route classifications’ for each section of the journey describing the type of cycling environment that cyclists will encounter along their route (e.g. Cycle Superhighways or routes through parks) helping them to be more informed about the journey they will be making.
  • Identification of steep hills along the route.

The other new feature, the London Collision Map, allows searches for road collisions across London, providing information about when and where they occurred, as well as the severity of the incidents, dating back to 2005. It uses STATS-19 casualty dataset, collected annually by the Department for Transport, and shows a significant reduction in the number of collisions over time.

Through this data we’re able to inform people about junctions and roads that have high numbers of collisions, and where road users should be particularly careful. The 2014 figures show that this number fell to its lowest level since records began, in line with the Mayor’s target to halve the number of people killed and seriously injured (KSI’s) by 2020.

The London Collision Map, showing fatal and serious collisions in 2014, around the area of St. James's Park Underground station.
The London Collision Map, showing fatal and serious collisions in 2014, around the area of St. James’s Park Underground station.

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