Collaborative opensource map tool
For the planning of the Biketour, we have an online tool, an interactive, editable map where we can all work together. Anybody who’s been organising this tour can add projects, nice places, interesting events and other relevant things.
You can switch on and off marker types and routes you want to look at on the right side of the map. If you click on a marker or a line, it shows you more information like descriptions, contact-details and for routes the elevation profile. Because it’s openly published, this map is a non-editable version of the map.
For the projects we have in the map we created different marker types according to responses we get from them (e.g. positive, negative, or no interest from our side) and also according to what we can do (e.g. fix bikes, sleep, participate in events).
We have also differently coloured routes. The green one is a rough idea of the route we had after the spring meeting, the blue and red are suggested routes that we create to help us with a day-to-day route planning (these are being updated closer to the tour). The purple are other biketours which are taking place in our chosen region this year.
If you want to create your own editable map, just type “facilmap.org/WHATEVER-YOU-LIKE-TO-CALL-IT”
How we choose the region
It’s not simple to plan a huge biketour with an international group, spread all over Europe. During the tour, we already try to get a rough idea about where to go next year. For this year we had 3 proposals: Britain & Ireland, Spain & Portugal or Germany & neighbours. At our first physical organisation-meeting (the winter meeting) we collected all the criteria that would be relevant for a decision, then we evaluated the most important ones and then checked which option would do best. After this quiet intense process we had a consensus on the region “Germany + south-west.” (If you are interested in the details, you can have a look at our minutes from the meeting, under the point