Monday, August 6, 2012

Open Cycling Map BeNeLux

OpenFietsMap is a free routable cycling map for Garmin GPS units. The map is based on data from and published under CCBYSA 2.0 license; OpenStreetMap creates and provides free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them. In the download section you can find a version for the GPS wich includes a Windows installer to install the map automatically in Mapsource or Basecamp on your pc. There is also a Mac version (gmap) for Garmin Roadtrip/Basecamp available.  The Benelux light version does not include contour lines and has limited landuse forms (no buildings, grass- and farmlands etc). OpenFietsMap Benelux covers Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg as well as a small border area (Germany and N-France). Main focus of the map is on cyclists, so the routing will try to follow cycling lanes and routes as much as possible. Car routing is not supported. The Openstreetmap data in the Netherlands is quite detailed since the the donation of the complete streetnetwork by AND in 2007. However, a lot of cyclepaths were not part of this AND network and has to be added by volunteers. What is available on this OpenFietsMap? Topographic data of the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg; cycling routes, paths and nodes; trip planning by making routes.

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