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How to add a photo

More photos can help cycling advocacy groups by illustrating the problems that people face when travelling by bicycle, or adding examples of good practice that others can learn from.

  1. To use the Add Photo form you will need a user account.
  2. All .jpg format photos up to a max size of 250M will be accepted.
  3. See licensing for details of how your photo will be used on our site.
  4. On successful submission the original photo is archived and a copy generated suitable for presenting on web pages.
  5. You will be taken to a web page where you will be prompted to state exactly where and when the photo was taken. Some of the information (such as date and time) can usually be taken from details in the photo. See help on locating a photo.
  6. Each photo is allocated a unique ID which is a compact way to refer to them in web links: https://www.cyclestreets.net/location/10857/

How to Locate a photo

Choose Bearing

Setting the bearing helps journey planner choose storyboard photos aligned with direction of travel.

  1. After successfully uploading a photo you are taken to a Locate Photo page.
  2. This page askes for very detailed information about where the photo was taken.
  3. As a minimum you need to click on the map to set the longitude and latitude, and also specify the subject and bearing. Most of the other information will probably be right.
  4. Please try and be as accurate as possible when locating photographs as they will be picked up by the journey planner and used to create a storyboard of a journey. In particular the bearing of the photo is important here - this is the direction the camera was pointing when the photograph was taken. The direction the cyclist is travelling and the bearings of nearby photos are consulted to choose the most appropriate images for the storyboard.

Setting the bearing quickly

After you set or move the orange marker to set the location of your photo you will find that a blue line follows your mouse. Align it with the direction the photo was taken and click. That will set the bearing, as shown here:

Setting the bearing by rubber banding - example

Setting the bearing by rubber banding. After the marker was dropped, a blue line appears, following the mouse. Align it with the direction the camera was taken to set the bearing. E.g This photo was taken looking out toward the beach. (Photo #18676)

Photomap tips

  1. In your photo cations, create links to other photos by prefixing the photo number with #, for instance #11398. This will then appear as #11398 in the Photomap.
  2. References to pages that begin with https://www.cyclestreets.net/ will also be converted to links.
  3. Type a number in the search box and click the Photosearch button to go directly to the photo with that number, if it exists.

Your Safety

Please be very careful when taking photographs of people, especially those who may appear to be committing an offence. Some people will take exception to this and may ask you to stop. Some contributors to Photomap have been threatened (e.g. Icon /location/30250) and even been physically assaulted as a result of taking photographs. If this does happen to you we do encourage you to report the matter to the relevant agency, usually the Police, though they will need independent witnesses.

  • Legality? - see this BBC news article about taking photos in public places. [April 2008]

Terms and Conditions

Uploading (Adding to the media library)

Photographers retain copyright in their images, and choose a licence when adding the photo.

By uploading media you warrant that the copyright in the media belongs to you. Usually this means you took the picture or recorded the video or sound. Please do not upload media taken or recorded by anyone else.

Uploading of offensive material will result in our reporting your e-mail address and the IP address of your computer to your Internet Service Provider.

Licensing and Copyright

The copyright holder for the displayed picture has given us permission to show the picture on this website, but you may only copy it if they have licensed this, or they have given permission on an individual basis to reuse it beyond the terms of the license. Please contact us to request that the photographer contacts you.

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