It's true that till now it was possible to overlay the "bike paths" above the "paths map", and now the "paths map" is switched to OSM. But for me this is a minor loss as I can find the same look and feel as before with the Cycle Map (without the cycle maps layer, which is redundant).
Really, I don't understand where is your problem Trevor. I find the site is improving the way we can plan our routes in a quite nice way.
Keep on the good job John.
Really like the layers menu ! Road bikeable layer looks like a really good idea.
In December, I plotted umpteeen routes in Lanzarote but I wasn't really sure about the surface of some "roads".
I'll be going there next week, so on the assumption that the road bikeable layer works for Lanzarote, I shall now check them before I go.
Happy New Year Trevor ...
Here's some feedback for you John.
In my area the Road Bike layer shows as road ridable many dirt roads on private land. It's rather interesting as a dirt road that is road bikable - I rode it this past weekend on my road bike - is not highlighted, yet the private dirt roads that branch off of the main road are highlighted.
I really like the idea, but I don't trust the data source.
Thanks for the feedback Michael, that's helpful. I'd be interested to know where your area is. Unfortunately OpenStreetMap data is open source community project, so the quality of the data does depend on how compenshive and accurate the contributors are. We knew that the access and privacy data wasn't always completed, so it really boils down to whether its better to have the Road Bikeable layer available knowing that it may not be 100% accurate or to not have it at all. On balance we took the decision that it was better to have it so that people at least had the option of using it in conjunction with other tools like Street View and aerial imagery if they wish, or ignoring it if they prefer not to rely on it. it. Hopefully the quality of the data will improve over time as well.