More gaps in the maps
Meanwhile criticism of the maps has been growing steadily. We commented before on some pretty significant ommissions – Irlam lock and the Gorsey Bank Bridge – but there are lots more subtler ones too.
The old map shows a 500 metre short cut across the golf course, which although not a cycle path, is a right of way, so you can legitimately wheel your bike along it, and so avoid a mile or two of cycling round the outside on main roads. But the new map gives no indication at all that this useful facility exists.
There are lots more cyclist-useful short cuts like this one which have simply failed to make into the new maps – because the new maps were made on the cheap using inadequate baseline data, by a company which had no previous experience of producing useful maps for cyclists. Allegedly.