On line map and routing facilities

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On line map and routing facilities

Started a thread in General but some of these may be useful...particularly:

www.mappy.com or www.mappy.co.uk look useful for European travel and will, apparently, calculate toll costs for Autoroutes (but not for bridges). Put the vehicle type in to get these accurately.

www.maps.google.com

Covers UK, USA and Canada at the moment - and has v detailed satellite pix of US and Canada.

http://uk.map24.com/ 'is pretty impressive'. (Jimbo)

www.viamichelin.com 'Best Euro routing I've found ' (Dodgy Geezer) Apprently also has most of the fixed speed cameras in northern europe.

Update: there's also www.viamichelin.co.uk which may be quicker to use from the UK.

www.rac.co.uk has a popular routing facility. It allows a range of routing choices (avoids, via's, etc) and appears to cover most of Europe.

www.bestbikingroads.com has European Biking Roads with maps and some GPS co-ords. Offers routes all over Europe and allows you to enter your fav routes.

Pocket GPS UK Safety Camera Database Also includes NL & FR. Not strictly mapping as such, but can help planning (Splat!...you must be a very naughty boy )

http://www.transportdirect.info/TransportDirect/en/ is a little strange in terms of routing but may have particular uses.

For the Franglais speakers :

http://www.autoroutes.fr/index.php?lng=2 is a handy route planner for France, with info on tolls, travel bulletins/radio, weather etc. Note the name...it's focused on the motorways.

Not a routing facility, but information about roadworks in France, plus some bottlenecks
http://www.bison-fute.equipement.gouv.fr/

http://www.uem-online.com/goie.html - ADAC/European Union of Motorcyclists motorcyclists maps...downloadable from the UEM web site.

Not particularly detailed or high quality (maybe a little easier to read thru a tank bag?), Some interesting routes...eg map 7 - the Ardeche gorge.

There's Multimap and Streetmap too - I'll add 'em later and extend this to 'PC' based software too.

www.viamichelin.comBest Euro routing I've found

Count maybe you could keep the first post updated to include stuff that others post below? That would be dead handy and mean people don't have to trawl the whole thread. http://uk.map24.com/ is pretty impressive.

Pocket GPS UK Safety Camera Database Also includes NL & FR. Not strictly mapping as such, but can help planning

I use viamichelin too.Been using it since way back. I think it used to be shellgeostarIt has fantastic coverage through Europe

Found this today, haven't tried it yet.www.transportdirect.info/TransportDirect/en/

Not sure if it's relevant, but this site www.bestbikingroads.com has European Biking Roads with maps and some GPS co-ords.Maybe it's also useful

www.mappy.com or www.mappy.co.uk for the english version, will indeed give French Autoroute toll costs, but not tolls for bridges or tunnels. Make sure you set the type of vehicle first though.

Thanks all - first post is updated. Horse...or anyone that gets chance to try Horse's link...interested in your comments on it.Ta.

Thanks CS, first post is now a very useful set of links.Tried Horse's link and was not impressed. Routing is OK, but quirky (through VERY narrow town centre rather than bypass). Signposted directions for the turns are fairly crap (not necessarily wrong, but not the obvious main direction either). May be useful for it's public transport functions.

Not a routing facility, but information about roadworks in France, plus some bottleneckswww.bison-fute.equipement.gouv.fr/In french though, the english version doesn't seem to be up at the moment.Some might have seen the Bis signs in France, which are holiday routes, to avoid "les embouteillages"

Boinged with a few updates in the first post.

You might like to add this page to your list CS...www.uem-online.com/goie.htmlThese are ADAC/European Union of Motorcyclists motorcyclists maps...Not particularly detailed or high quality (but that might make them a little easier to read thru a tank bag), but they are downloadable from the UEM website, and have some interesting routes planned... for instance, map 7 has the Ardeche gorge marked out...

Small update to the top post and a boing as there's quite a bit of route planning going on.

Useful thread, thanks.David

RX7XX wrote

Useful thread, thanks.David

Glad you found it.

Got any for the man without gps.i got a book from michelin for france its about 4 inch by 8 inch and is dead handy as it gets less worn that a map.(i want northern italy and croatia).im looking for recommendations.Espesh from dodgy whos not given a bad route yet !

Not sure about the question Mr T...many of the links are ideal for non-GPS users. Plan the route using the on-line route planners then refine your route and route notes based on your Michelin map. Can't say if any of the list include Croatia though.

mr tack wrote

Got any for the man without gps.i got a book from michelin for france its about 4 inch by 8 inch and is dead handy as it gets less worn that a map.(i want northern italy and croatia).im looking for recommendations.Espesh from dodgy whos not given a bad route yet !

Very handy thread CS.................just printed off my chosen route using the map24 site jimbo put up for my long weekend to France....i knew basically where i wanted to be and the route, but handy for those little detours if needed

Been a while since a boing....

There's a www.viamichelin.co.uk domain - may be a bit faster than using .comIt's also my choice of Euro-mapping...

There's also this useful resource - I think it's been mentioned elsewhere - ADAC motorcycle touring maps

Should this be sticky? /me hasn't washed his hands in a while...

Olly wrote

Should this be sticky? /me hasn't washed his hands in a while...

It may be useful to sticky it. (boing).Another idea for a sticky would be if someone pulled together all the info on GPSs and stickified it.

Might be useful.

Many thanks Count. You are a good un mate.

KorkyKat wrote

Many thanks Count. You are a good un mate.

My pleasure. Haven't updated it in a while but there's some handy links in the thread.

Count Steer wrote

It may be useful to sticky it. (boing).Another idea for a sticky would be if someone pulled together all the info on GPSs and stickified it.

It will be helpful if the thread were a sticky.Please send a PM to Abel, CS asking if he would please oblige. Thanks.BTW, Microsoft Autoroute is also pretty good and versatile.

rydalong wrote

It will be helpful if the thread were a sticky.Please send a PM to Abel, CS asking if he would please oblige. Thanks.BTW, Microsoft Autoroute is also pretty good and versatile.

I think we discussed the sticky idea and (can't remember exactly) I think it was displaced by the idea of having a sticky of 'the thread of useful threads'.I'll ask. I'm happy enough to try and keep it updated if people come up with new links.

I cant see as it will do any harm stickying it. Its a useful reference.

Abel wrote

I cant see as it will do any harm stickying it. Its a useful reference.

Cheers. I'll try and keep it up to date.

rydalong wrote

BTW, Microsoft Autoroute is also pretty good and versatile.

And available in cheap pirated versions from an auction site near you. Not of course that I would endorse doing so as Bill Gates is not yet rich enough.

Hello everyone, hope this is relevant to this section.I have for the last two years been using Google Maps to plan each days riding on our European tour, find its ability to route plan using the bendy roads brilliant. However I've been fustrated that I couldn't load my entire days riding in direct onto my Tomtom without a huge amount of fuss loading via the touchscreen.Anyway.....been scanning the net and have found a free bit of software called 'Tyre' - it sits on top of Google Maps and allows entire tours to be loaded direct to the TomTom. You can search for towns, directly place your own waypoints, go onto their website add POIs etc even load other peoples routes that have been uploaded.If you use TomTom this is a fantastic program.follow link to: http://www.janboersma.nl/gett/index.php - as I say, the program is free but asks for a donation to keep the site going - easily worth a contribution!

Mappy is good, but be aware that if you change the vehicle type to Motorcycle, it automatically excludes motorways. 

I agree TYRE is really good planning tool. You can use a conversion program ITNcnv to convert files produced into Garmin etc. Just search in Google 'ITNcnv' and you will find a link.

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null thanks for the route maps i m planning for a europe trip this season and these maps would really help me alot............

<span style="font-family: Verdana, helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; text-align: left; background-color: #eeeeee;">You can use a conversion program 

yaps this type of help is more usefull....

Do all of these links work? I saw something similar on another forum but I could not follow any of the routes.

Hey all - hope you don't mind me adding in our own route builder into this list?It's free, based on Google Maps and has an 'export to GPS' function which works with Garmin, TomTom and a few others. MotoGoLoco Route Builder Cheers

Yes it will be helpful for the users in many ways like to find the road and what are the exact navigation they should need to take and also helpful in order to enjoy and to overcome with driving.i think this can be prove revolutionary changes.

On www.tourstart.org you can find events, plan a motorcycle ride and share route public or with your friends.  If you find a great route made by another motorcyclist, then you can get a copy and make your own planning based on the route - so you can get exactly the motorcycle ride you want. When the route is made, you can by a single click transfer it to your Garmin, TomTom or Navigon, but you can also use the iPhone app which has voice guided turn-by-turn navigation

This could be an right way to direct own self.

There's been some major updates to MotoGoLoco Maps of late - including a hefty push towards improving the user-friendliness of it all. Give it a bash - we'd love to know what you think.

If you have a Garmin why not use mapsource or basecamp?

For some reason I cant seem to be able to "quote" on this message!  "There's been some major updates to MotoGoLoco Maps of late - including a hefty push towards improving the user-friendliness of it all. Give it a bash - we'd love to know what you think." So forgive me for cutting and pasting! I have been looking for ages for some online mapping software that easily route you from one place to another. I am just planning a trip into France in June. Google maps does this but they seem to have done away with the export to .GPX format for loading onto your sat nav.  Via Michelin is good but you cannot adjust the calculated route to specific roads, if you want to use them. You can export to GPX format but its only doing half the job. MotoGoLoco is perfect.. I have no connection with them I have just discovered it tonight and signed up with them in minutes! First leg of the journey is now planned and I am testing the gpx format now in my Garmin 590LM.. Well done to the programmers.. All I need now is for their site to be more active with recommended biker places to stay in France as they do not have anyone right now!  

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