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Bicycle Master Plan is a bike map that allows visualizing cycling related data from different sources in multiple layers. Built heavily around data from OpenStreetMap, it allows full visual customization using CSS.



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Bicycle Master Plan

Bicycle Master Plan is a tool / web app for displaying various bicycle infrastructure related data on a map. Actually, you can use any OpenStreetMap / custom data on a map, not just bicycle-related data. Extensive visual customization is possible by automatical conversion of OSM keys and values to CSS classes.

It supports the following sources of data:

  • OSM data (JSON format; tiles, paths/ways and markers)
  • database data (seed your database; markers)
  • GPS EXIF-tagged photos (automatic using default seeder; markers)
  • custom feed data (from any public URL/API in JSON format; markers)
  • custom data (from rows in Google Sheets; markers only)
  • data provided by users via form (if editable layer enabled; markers)

Built with:

  • Laravel (PHP)
  • Leaflet (JS)

Demo / working version for the city of Bratislava:


  1. download the code (git clone or ZIP file)
  2. run composer install to download dependencies
  3. run php artisan migrate to setup database
  4. check/set public/.htaccess file permissions, if necessary
  5. check/set storage/app/ permissions, if necessary (755 for writing)
  6. create storage/app/public/uploads/ directory (755), if an editable layer is enabled
  7. create storage/app/osm/ directory (755), if OSM layer download is enabled (see below)
  8. symlink public/storage/ (TARGET) to storage/app/public/uploads/ (SOURCE), if an editable layer is enabled (see


  1. Edit config/map.php
    • Set basic info such as map name, language, bounding box, center and zoom
    • Configure layers:
      • a base layer (usually a background map tile layer) is always 0 in config file
      • type = path, marker, combined
      • name = name of a layer (can contain HTML tags)
      • class = CSS class to be used to mark up layer items (markers / paths)
      • icon = layer item icon (markers only) will be created from either name or filename in database
      • optional file = OSM JSON file containing layer content (markers or paths/ways downloaded from OSM)
      • optional cluster = true for layers to group/cluster items/markers
      • optional editable = true for the user editable layer (user submitted items require admin approval, see below)
      • optional types = array a layer can contain multiple types of items such as different sets of markers etc.
    • optional Configure OSM data/layers to download:
      • osm_server = (use any OSM server)
      • osm_data = array of map layers with file parameter:
    • optional Configure admin emails (see below on how to enable admin functionality):
  2. optional If you enable an editable layer, user submitted items require admin approval to be displayed. Set approved column to 1 in database. If user marked an item as outdated (1 in database), set deleted to 1 in database to hide it from a map.
  3. optional If you want to display bikeshare data on your map, see file config/bikeshare.example.php for details on how to enable data download (public bikeshare API endpoint required)
  4. optional If you want to display additional custom data/markers on your map from Google Sheets, see config/google.example.php file on how to configure it (you will need to create a project with service access with client_id and JSON keyfile at
  5. optional If you require admin functionality, you will need to obtain client ID + client secret from OAuth2 credentials at Once you have these, edit config/services.php and add the following lines:
'google'    => [
        'client_id'     => 'your_client_id',
        'client_secret' => 'your_client_secret',
        'redirect'      => 'callback URL', // callback URL for OAuth authentication, e.g.

Customization / map style

All standard map tiles providers are supported.

Open public/css/main.css to customize layer markers or styles of paths etc. SVG properties (fill, stroke etc.) need to be used for styling paths/OSM ways, see

Example of path classes created from OpenStreetMap data (bicycle lane):

class="path cycleway-left-lane cycleway-right-shared_lane foot-use_sidepath highway-residential lit-yes maxspeed-30 name-dunajska name-hu-dunautca surface-asphalt trolley_wire-yes"

Example of marker classes created from OpenStreetMap data (bicycle parking):

class="marker access-private amenity-bicycle_parking covered-yes surveillance-yes parking"

Any combinations of keys / values can be easily styled for your purposes by using standardized CSS.

Automatic data update

Setup cron to call refresh URLs daily (or other interval), e.g.:

15 0 * * * /usr/bin/curl --silent >/dev/null 2>&1

Update endpoints are:

  • OSM data: /refresh/osm
  • Bikeshare feed data: /refresh/bikeshare
  • Google sheets data: /refresh/googlesheet
  • Feed data: /refresh/feed


Markers created from photos automatically

  1. Upload photos/files to public/photos directory (create this directory, if it does not exist)
  2. run php artisan db:seed --class=PhotosSeeder
  3. Seeder will process all photos in the directory and extract their GPS coordinates from EXIF tags and add them to database as markers
  4. Enable photo layer by editing config/map.php (enabling clustering will help with large number of photos) and adding this code to layers:
1 => [
    'type'  => 'marker',
    'name'  => 'Your photos',
    'class'   => 'photo',
    'icon'    => 'filename',
    'cluster' => true,
    'options' => [
        'disableClusteringAtZoom' => 17,
  1. Refresh your map to see your photos

OpenStreeMap cycling paths and bike sharing stations

  1. Edit config/map.php and add a layer (change number 5 to suit your purposes) to the layers:
5 => [
    'type'  => 'path',
    'name'  => 'Cycling paths<br><span class="cycleway-lane">━━━</span> Segregated<br><span class="cycleway-shared_lane">━━━</span> Shared<br><span class="lcn-provisional">• • • •</span> Recommended<br><span class="highway-pedestrian">━━━</span> Pedestrianized<br><span class="mtb-scale">━━━</span> For mountain bikes',
    'class' => 'ways',
    'file'  => 'ways.json',
  1. Add OSM instructions for fetching data in config/map.php. Change network operator name to your city's one (e.g. Slovnaft BAjk for Bratislava):
// OSM data to fetch
'osm_server'     => '',
'osm_data'       => [
        'file' => 'ways.json',
        'data' => '[out:json]; (way[cycleway]({{bbox}}); way["cycleway:left"]({{bbox}}); way["cycleway:right"]({{bbox}}); way[highway=pedestrian]({{bbox}}); way[highway=cycleway]({{bbox}}); way[bicycle=yes]({{bbox}}); way[bicycle=official]({{bbox}}); way[lcn]({{bbox}}); way[bicycle=designated]({{bbox}}); ); out body; >; out skel qt;',
        'file' => 'bikeshare-sb.json',
        'data' => '[out:json]; (node[network="Slovnaft BAjk"]({{bbox}}); ); out body; >; out skel qt;',

Bicycle parking stands from OpenStreeMap

  1. Edit config/map.php and add a layer (change number 2 to suit your purposes) to the layers:
2   => [
            'type'  => 'marker',
            'name'  => 'Bicycle parking<br><span class="parking"></span> <span class="parking bicycle_parking-rack"></span> <span class="parking bicycle_parking-shed"></span> Safe<br><span class="parking bicycle_parking-anchors"></span> Unsuitable<br><span class="amenity-bicycle_repair_station"></span> Public pump and tools',
            'class' => 'parking',
            'file'  => 'parking.json',
  1. Add OSM instructions for fetching data in config/map.php:
'osm_server'     => '',
'osm_data'       => [
        'file' => 'parking.json',
        'data' => '[out:json]; (node[amenity="bicycle_parking"]({{bbox}}); node["amenity"="bicycle_repair_station"]({{bbox}}); ); out body; >; out skel qt;',


Bicycle Master Plan is a bike map that allows visualizing cycling related data from different sources in multiple layers. Built heavily around data from OpenStreetMap, it allows full visual customization using CSS.







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