The Here & There Cycling Map Range

The idea behind the ‘Here & There’ map was to create a user friendly map for cycling as using a large sheet map while out on your bike has its challenges. Working with Ordnance Survey’s 50k scale mapping our first objective was to address the scale and enlarge it to 40k which may not sound a lot but actually makes it much clearer. This enhancement has the advantage of making navigation more trouble-free and with improved clarity helping the cyclist spot interesting features so easily missed on a normal map. The size of the map was also important as we wanted something that was easy to hold whilst stopped but still gave reasonable coverage (approx 16 x 12 miles) for a decent cycle ride. We were constrained by the maximum size of our printer to SRA3+ but the advantages of being able to do short runs in-house, thereby being able to offer our small retailers a starter quantity of ten of their local map, was important. We have been laminating maps for many years so it was obvious to laminate the ‘Here & There’ to make it showerproof which not only helps to protect it but also enhances the look and feel. The map is creased so that it folds down to approx 6” x 4” and then slides into a plastic sleeve which conveniently fits most pockets. Each map comes with a limited Legend Card that has a cycle path index and also a useful scale ruler for distance and estimated cycle time.

I believe the ‘Here & There’ map can be summed up by the following -

  • Easy to read mapping at a scale of 1:40 000 (approx 1.6 inches to a mile)
  • Laminated for showerproofing
  • Useful scale ruler for distance and cycle time
  • Slips easily into your pocket
  • Double-sided Map
  • Makes cycling easy (especially if you avoid the double arrows!)