Tube-style Cycle Route Map

So the 2015 map was OK but wasn't that use as a basis for other graphics, plus it combined navigation with quality ratings and so on, so I've redrawn it from scratch to make it easier to work with. This time it's less of a tube map (no "stations") and more of a clock-face (but not perfectly so):

King's Lynn Cycle Network 2019 Schematic Map

The places mentioned are shown on cycle route signs, with the exception of the ones in brackets that indicate which of many possible routes is used.

The routes can now be viewed online on the maps based on openstreetmap listed on our site. Most of the routes have signs put up by the council or Sustrans (usual white-on-blue ones) and someone (we do not know who!) has put up blue and white rectangular reflective arrows for most of the missing sections, which will help until the council puts up signs.

Reasoning

This was drawn partly as a clock-face layout. I started by putting National Route 1 towards Sandringham which is sort-of NNE at roughly one o'clock, then it extends roughly southwest, so I continued it back through the centre. Then the Hulton/Gayton Road route heads roughly east, so is three o'clock, so is now numbered 3, while the A10 cycleway becomes 6 and the West Lynn and Sutton Bridge route becomes 9 - the last two also extend back through the centre a little.

After those four clock points, the route towards Knight's Hill sort-of fits between 1 and 3, so becomes 2 (even though it extends back west to the docks), while 4 (the Sand Line Path aka Swaffham Belt Path) and 5 (to Swaffham) are more obvious fits between 3 and 6.

Then we get the difficult decisions. At the moment, our shortest half-decent Fakenham route (via Grimston and Massingham) definitely doesn't connect well to the Hospital (the awful Bawsey Bumps) or the end of route 2 at Langley Road, but I suspect it's more likely to connect to Langley Road somehow (maybe some new link between Sandy Lane and Lodge Lane?) before it does the Lynn and Fakenham Greenway (which could be an eastwards extension of routes 3, 4, 5 or 7, depending on which route the councils build), so it's been extended west to Castle Rising Lodge Lane and the Fakenham route becomes part of route 2.

The remaining routes of Reffley to Fairstead to Gaywood to North End (8, because it makes that shape crossing other routes) and North Lynn to Marsh Lane to QE Ave (7 because it's got one corner on the map - more in reality) have been given the unused single-digit numbers, while National 11 forks off of National 1 and heads south across the end of local route 6 in a very non-clock-face way.

2015 Edition

This is the previous 2015 tube-style map of the key cycle route network in King's Lynn. Click it for the full-size version.

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  3. Nice idea (for trains), but for me it doesn't work at all. I have found it impossible to find any kind of map that correctly shows all cycle routes within the town of Kings Lynn. It's hard to understand as when the routes were planned and marked with appropriate signs, surely someone made an accurate map to show where the routes went? The government wants people to get out of cars and onto bikes but it seems to me that mapping and route identification is an afterthought they haven't had? If I want to go walking I can get a detailed map from Ordnance Survey, but if I want to go cycling all I seem to be able to get are 'tourist routes'. I thought Sustrans would have dealt with this, but from what I've seen there is little on their website to help 'local' cyclists.

    • Any accurate map is lost somewhere in County Hall at Norwich (and Shire Hall in Cambridge and County Offices in Lincoln) and probably under a copyright that we can't use. We're doing our best to map the routes at https://www.klwnbug.co.uk/about/maps/ - Personally I like the cyclOSM and cycle.travel maps from that list.

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