We've found a bug in the MapQuest routing that was causing the "Paved" terrain setting to be ignored - this has now been fixed, so hopefully that should help with making road bike routes using the default MapQuest option.
If anyone wants to use the previous version of our 'Make Me a Route' feature, please click on the settings icon in the top left corner of the Make Me a Route panel and choose to use Google for routing rather than MapQuest. Then choose walking as the travel mode (this was the travel mode used by the previous version - no option was previously available for cycling). This will make routes in the same way as the previous version.
We plan to keep working on improvements to this feature but are limited to some degree by the routing options available to us by the different mapping providers. Unfortunately Google doesn't currently offer an option to specify road-bike friendly routes at present, so we can't add that right now, but I'm sure more options can be added over time as these services improve.
Please sort the issue soon. I know the upgrade will be for the better in the long run, but at the moment the "make me a route" function was better before the upgrade.
That would be good. Seems to be what the Mapquest routing allows (the "Paved" roads option) so I guess perhaps either trying to include a "Paved" option with the Google routing or an "Allow major roads" option with the Mapquest routing would be the answer to our prayers :-)
I agree with Mark; this is a great facility. There are a few little annoyances from my point of view but being able to make a route is exactly what I've been looking for.
Thanks Mark. Glad you like the site. Yes, our Make Me a Route feature did use Google for routing before. The new version uses MapQuest by default as this offers more options but we wanted to keep the Google option too. I'll look into how we can restrict the Google option to use roads only - we should hopefully be able to sort that out if it was working that way before.
Is it possible to have an option for road cycling that does not send you down canal tow paths, disused railways, through country parks etc?? So maybe a road cycling option and off road option
I appreciate i am being picky
Have switched to Google maps and appears to work OK. Did the site use Google prior to the upgrade, as I had no problems last week when plotting a route? Does send me down canal tow paths etc which didnt happen previously. Not good on a road bike.
Thanks for the speedy response to the issue, and for a great site
Thanks for the feedback John. Unfortunately Google doesn't offer us the same level of control over routing that MapQuest does, that's partly why we introduced the MapQuest option.
You're right aboput the +/- column, that is supposed to be the amount that the route lengths differs from what you asked for but this does seem to be the wrong way around under the Google option - will get that changed, thanks for flagging it up.
I've just tried using Google. Had a couple of issues to start with where it got to 26% then said it couldn't finish, but tried again and it went through. It would be nice to have the other options available though :-)
PS - As an aside (and rather than add another thread), what does the +/- column mean? I assumed it was -x.xxx if the route was shorter than I'd asked for and x.xxx if it was longer. Seems to be the other way round though.
Thanks for the extra info John. I think it is probably the same problem that Mark's having, where the start point is only accessible via a main road (in your case the A417). I'll see if there's any way we can provide an option to override that restriction as you suggest.
In the meantime, I've added some information about using Google routing rather than MapQuest as an alternative if no routes can be generated using the MapQuest routing rules.
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you!
My settings are similar to Mark's for cycling:
Type = Circular
Terrain = Paved
Uphills = OK
Browser = Firefox (normally)
The start position is John Lee Road, Ledbury.
It gets to 100% and then just shows no details.
FWIW - where you mentioned avoiding main roads, it's quite difficult to avoid the A417, A449 and A438 near where I live so it sounds like I'm probably having the same problem. I think it might be worth adding a setting to allow main routes to be used on the cycling thing but in the meantime I'll try your suggestions.
Many thanks for your help.