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About CycleStreets

What is CycleStreets?

CycleStreets is a UK-wide cycle journey planner system, which lets you plan routes from A to B by bike. It is designed by cyclists, for cyclists, and caters for the needs of both confident and less confident cyclists.

Who created and runs CycleStreets?

The system has been created by Simon Nuttall, (Routemaster - focussing on routing quality and performance) and Martin Lucas-Smith, (Webmaster - focussing on usability and code structure). Both of us are regular bicycle users, based in Cambridge, and we've been involved with Cambridge Cycling Campaign for many years.

Where does the map data come from?

The map data is from OpenStreetMap which is an ongoing project to map the world. We are immensely grateful to all the volunteers who have created the base data. Please consider donating to OpenStreetMap.

OpenStreetMap data, (and therefore the routes that CycleStreets plans) are licensed under the Open Data Commons Open Database License, which is explained at

How can I help?

There are all sorts of ways in which we need help:

  • Use our site by planning routes, adding photos and sending feedback.
  • Donate funds - running servers to power routes has a significant cost.
  • Contribute mapping data to OpenStreetMap.
  • Promote CycleStreets by adding a link on your website (possibly using one of our web banners) or write an article in your newsletter or other publication about CycleStreets
  • If you are a programmer, get involved in our many open source projects, all available on Github.
  • … and many other ways - see our get involved page!

How can I get an embedded CycleStreets planner for my town/city?

We can create sites for local authorities, companies and other organisations - see our brochure.

If you are a local campaign group, just get in touch and we will sort it out. Donations would be welcome.

How does it work?

Have a look through our help pages to find out more about the routing system and other aspects of how the system works.


CycleStreets is effectively a national version of the Journey Planner and Photomap launched by Cambridge Cycling Campaign in June 2006.

Following a presentation of the Cambridge-only system at the CCN/CTC Conference in November 2006 in Cheltenham, we received many enquiries from people and organisations around the UK (and beyond) about the possibilty of having a version where they live. Since then we worked to produce a national system, which also has versions that are specific to a particular area.


CycleStreets is a run as a social enterprise company (not-for-profit) to manage incoming funds.

CycleStreets is from CycleStreets Ltd, a not-for-profit limited UK company. Company no. 06948959; Company office: CycleStreets Ltd., St John's Innovation Centre, Cowley Road, Cambridge, United Kingdom, CB4 0WS.

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