27 December 2013

Risk of Flooding from Surface Water [England & Wales]

Risk of Flooding from Surface Water

Environment Agency release more detailed flood mapping at a time of need.

Ironic that the Environment Agency release this during severe flooding events in England  (and people still without power across 24th, 25th & 26th December 2013).

South East was particularity hit hard, would this Surface Water Map make any different?

"Surface water flooding happens when rainwater does not drain away through the normal drainage systems or soak into the ground, but lies on or flows over the ground instead."

The shading on the map shows the risk of flooding from surface water in this particular [Guildford] area.

Maybe a real-time map with 'peak capacity flow' might be a better direction for the future.

See the Maps with the risk of flooding from the surface water.


20 December 2013

Central London Cycle Grid Map [proposed]

Central London Cycle Grid Map [proposed]

"The seven Central London boroughs, the City of London, the Royal Parks, the Canal & River Trust and Transport for London (TfL) today publish for public comment their draft cycle network for Central London, the “Central London Grid.”

“Cycle streets” closed to other traffic, new routes by parks and sixty miles of backstreet “Quietways” are part of the proposed Grid. Many of the new Quietway routes will run parallel to Tube lines or bus routes so that cyclists will know where they go. A “Circle Line Quietway” and a “Victoria Line Quietway” are among the routes published today.

A number of Superhighway and other main-road routes will also form part of the Grid, most fully or semi-separated from traffic (with solid kerbs or traffic wands) where they run on busy roads.

Some one-way streets will be made two-way for cyclists. Intimidating and difficult junctions will be improved. A study will be launched into traffic restrictions on one very busy main road corridor where there is no room for segregation and no Quietway alternative."


Maps (as PDF)



10 December 2013

Create Your Own Streetview

Create Your Own Streetview

It is now possible to build your own 'streetview' views.
Either using an Android device (photosphere capable) or digital SLR camera images. 

Connect photo spheres (constellations)

By connecting your photo spheres you can create even more immersive, 360° views called constellations. You can choose to add your “constellations” to Google Maps, so people can explore your favorite places on Maps. Keep your constellations private or share them with others on Google Maps or Views.

Step 1: Select photo spheres

  1. Go to Views.
  2. Open your profile page by clicking your photo in the top right.
  3. Your images appear in the right panel and as dots on the map in the left panel. Click Select images.
  4. Manually select the images you want to connect.
  5. Click Connect images.
You’ll see an updated map of the images you selected.
  • Your photo spheres are marked in blue, sequentially with letters.
  • Yellow dots are Street View panoramas.