1SW Adventure Cycle Map Application
In 2010 Altcom was commissioned by Dartmoor National Parks Authority to build an interactive online mapping application to help open up the thousands of kilometres of cycle trails hidden away in the South West's National Parks, Protected Landscapes and AONBs.
The brief was to create a system that could show all the trail locations with information such as difficulty, elevation and location of nearby related services plus the ability to geocode and display images and video of the trails. It also had to provide functionality for user rating, searching and locating of trails, and tools to support planning an off road riding adventure. This included a "saddlebag" feature for creating itineraries and saving and sharing via social media and email.
The 1SW Adventure Cycle Map web application was built using Altcom's MapMentor system to help open up off-road cycling information in South West England's National Parks and protected landscapes.
We brought our web mapping, user interface and software development skills together with sustainable transport specialists CycleCity Guides (CCG), to provide a full online mapping service for opening up off-road cycle trails in the UK.
As part of the initial phase of the project Altcom specified the initial technical requirements for the other key part of the work, surveying of the thousands of kilometres of trails. This work was contracted to CCG who then developed a cost effective and efficient methodology to acquire and process the data. During the project Altcom and CycleCity Guides worked closely together to refine the data input interfaces with MapMentor being extended to handle bulk uploading of trail data.
The brief required accurate GPS tacks recording a number of individual attributes, such as mountain bike grading, path width and surface type. In addition to surveying CCG also provided helmet cam videos and photographs of key points on each trail.
Data acquisition of this kind in the challenging off-road environments of the south west required a unique approach, with experienced mountain bikers using GPS-enabled handheld units loaded with specialist software. The data was later processed to provide a "clean" dataset for upload to the Adventure map.