I've been using the cycling layer of Google Maps when cycling to an area I don't know. I liked the way it seem to crowd-source information to come up with networks.
But it has some weird ideas, having Main North Road just above the City as a "bike friendly street".
Does anyone have any opinions on which sources to use? How is Cycle Instead?
I use both on occasion. However I only treat then as suggestions, always looking for quiet side roads. Both platforms allow you drag and drop the route via another path so you can customise your route quite easily.
I didn't know you could do that.
I appear to be wrong about dragging the route with Cycle Instead (don't use it much) but it certainly works with Google Maps. Mind you I'm still better off with the Topo map on my Garmin Etrex, I can make up the route as I go along exploring whatever road or track takes my fancy.
I use Google maps over Cycle instead generally. Google appears to be more up to date and generally gives you more realistic routes. Cycle instead very often gives me really strange routes.
I agree about Main North road being "cycle friendly", that is a serious WTF! Plenty of others in that category too. Would love to see maps updates to show where lanes disappear, marked part time only lanes, and eliminate or call out all the really crap lanes out there- which is nearly all of them. If you use the DPTI guidelines of " ride at least 1 metre away from the gutter and any parked cars", there's very few you can actually use.
Google maps is by far the superior tool, but Cycle Instead has much more accurate maps. Google took a large step backwards when MapMaker was withdrawn from Australia a few years ago. Thousands of community edits were reverted, and a massive amount of detail (especially walking and cycling paths) was lost. Some of these make Google maps useless for planning routes in some areas (e.g. Goodwood).
Note that you can report a data problem, and point out where roads have been marked 'Cycle Friendly' in error. I've had a little success in getting some places changed. I've yet to have any missing links added.
For everything else, Google Maps seems to work much better.
I use MapMyRide, loosely based on google maps, but more user friendly. It also allows point-to-point input of segments (not following predetermined routing) which can be used to "bypass" known mapping errors. Allows change-of-mode (walking, cycling, motoring) within one journey - a useful feature if one is riding on the footpath, or to overcome some mapping errors.
I prefer Google maps with the cycling infrastructure overlay and a bit of human creativity.
But I find a bit of experimentation is required for the optimum route, depends on direction, time of day, types of drivers etc. Hard to know until you ride it.