You can point on the place of departure and the destination on the map or fill in the text fields on the left hand side on the page. When using the text option, you are presented with a dropdown menu of possible choices after three typed characters. The service recognizes street names and place-names. When pointing on the map, the address closest to the place you clicked is chosen. If no street address is found close to the place where you clicked, the coordinates of the chosen place are shown. The search is done automatically after both start and end points are selected. You can also start the search with the ”Search”-button.
It's possible to add via points between the place of departure and the destination. When cursor is located on the map you can point a via point to your route by single clicking your mouse button. Via points are numbered and the route will be generated via them by numerical order. You can move the via point by dragging it to new place on the map. You can change the order of via points by dragging them on the menu area located on the left side of the page. New route will be generated automatically when routing parameters change if start and end points are defined. If you want to delete the via point from your route, you have to select “Remove” on the menu area on the left side of the page. You can also remove the via point by clicking cross icon next to the map pin. You can remove all via points same time by clicking the map and selecting ”Remove via points”.
It's possible to email a link to previously calculated route by Email link -function above the map. It's required to type email address of sender ant the repicient.
By default routes are calculated using cycle paths. There are two routing profiles available: preferring cycle paths and the shortest route. The shortest route can include equally cycle paths and streets.
The route is shown on the map and also the route distance and an estimated driving time is shown in plain text. In the map presentation the different types of routes are distinguished by different colours. The used categories are cycle paths and a segment in the street network. These segments are marked with a separate colour. You can affect the driving time by altering the speed.
Printing the Route
You can print the whole route split into sections with the printing function on the upper right edge. The route is split into sections so that two of the closest level map pictures fit on one A4 sheet. There may be many pages to print, if the searched route is long.
The most essential part of the user interface for the Journey Planner for Cycling and Walking is a map display based upon Ajax technology. This means that the service can only be used on relatively new browsers. Its functionality has been tested on the new browser versions of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari.
The proposed routes are calculated utilizing different position data material. The national street and road database Digiroad and cycle paths gathered by the city of Tampere are used for the service.
= Starting point
= Via point
= Cycle path (tarmac)
= Cycle path (sand)
= Cycle path (pavement information not available)
= No route information available (point out of route network)
Points of Interest
= A Steep Hill
= A Risky Crossing
= Bike parking