Articles in category: openstreetmap


If you’re cycling in the Netherlands, especially in hilly areas, you may well find yourself on a road named Holleweg (Holloway). I had the idea that if you’d create a map of all the roads named Holleweg, you might end up with a simplified elevation map of the Netherlands.

The orientation of Amsterdam’s streets

Eight days from now, Amsterdam will have a new metro line traversing the city from north to south. But what about the orientation of the city’s streets?

Амстердам, mapped by the Soviet Union

For fifty years, the Soviet Union had an ambitious military programme to map large parts of the world. Two collectors, John Davies and Alexander Kent, have written a great book about the secret maps that resulted from this programme.

New Python package for downloading and analysing street networks

The image above this article shows square mile diagrams of cyclable routes in the area around the Stationsplein in Amsterdam, the Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht. I made the maps with OSMnx, a Python package created by Geoff Boeing, a PhD candidate in urban planning at UC Berkeley.

How much delay for cyclists is caused by traffic lights

The other day I posted an article on how much time cyclists lose at traffic lights in Amsterdam. Someone asked if I can calculate what percentage of total time lost by cyclists is caused by traffic lights. Keep in mind that delays can be caused by traffic lights, but also by crossings without traffic lights, crowded routes and road surface.

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