Help - Auto Routing
When the auto routing option is selected a route will be created between each point following the roads. If the route created
was not as expected then it can be modified by dragging one of the intermediate to a new location. When the point is
droppped a new route will be created through that point.
BikeRouteToaster.com has two sources of data for auto routing - Google and OpenStreetMap. The Google database is more complete
but is mainly focused on supplying routes for car journeys. The OpenStreetMap database includes bike and footpaths and can suggest
routes specifically for cyclists. However at the time of writing (May 2009) the database is not complete in all places and as
a result the routes suggested my not be optimal.
If you discover that OpenStreetMap does not contain all of the roads in your area then you should consider contributing to the project.
Mores details can be found at OpenStreetMap.org
The OpenStreetMap routing engine is provided by CloudMade
and based on data from the
This product uses the CloudMade APIs, but is not endorsed or certified by CloudMade.
Choose the method of travel that you want the routing engine to use. You can choose between car, bike and foot. This option is
only available when using the OpenStreetMap data.
You can choose whether you want the route to be calculated based on the fastest route or the shortest. The fastest route
is the fastest route if travelling by car and so will tend to choose main roads. The shortest route is the shortest possible
path and can use small and main roads. This option is only available when using the OpenStreetMap data and using car as the
method of travel.
When using auto routing you can choose to avoid highways by selecting this option. This option is only available when
using the Google data.
Automatically Adding Course Points
When using auto routing Course Points can be automatically added at junctions to aid navigation. Simply select the
'Add Course Points at Junctions' check box and then create a route. Course Points will be added at junctions that
tell you if you need to turn left, right, go straight on etc.
Create Track At Side of Road
Normally when using Auto Routing the track will be placed in the center of the road. This is normally fine for most uses,
however it can cause problems on some GPS units when creating a course that has an out and in track on the same road. The
GPS can sometimes get confused and think you're going the wrong way.
By creating a track at the side of the road this problem can be minimised because the then the out and in tracks are
not overlapping each other.
Distance From Center
When using the 'Create Track at Side of Road' feature you can specify how far away from the center of the road you want the
track to be.
Side of Road
When using the 'Create Track at Side of Road' feature you can use this settings to specify which side of the road you
would like the track to be created on.
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