[OSM-talk] cycle.travel bike routing for Western Europe

Maarten Deen mdeen at xs4all.nl
Thu Jul 17 18:14:51 UTC 2014

On 2014-07-17 16:38, Richard Fairhurst wrote:
> Maarten Deen wrote:
>> It's nice and fast! But it is not really apt in finding shortest or
>> quickest routes.
>> I entered my daily commute (from 51.3207,5.9888 to 51.5428,5.9827,
>> permalink does not work properly) and it comes with a (for me new)
>> route of 18.3 miles (=29.45 km) in 2:02.
>> If I move the route to what I actually do, I get 17.9 miles and 1:59.
>> And there are no paths or tracks in either route.
> The route it chooses has an off-road cycleway for more of the route 
> (all the
> way to Eijkenhofweg) and then highway=unclassified (Steegse Peelweg),
> whereas the 17.9-mile route has more highway=tertiary (Loorban and
> Veulenseweg). In general cycle.travel prefers a balanced route using
> traffic-free and quiet roads, rather than just trying to find the 
> shortest
> or quickest route along busier roads.

So, can't I just ask shortest or quickest road? As you say, the router 
has no idea about traffic levels. I mean, if a router can't give me 
either shortest or quickest, then I always think I get some random route 
that is not optimal in any aspect.


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