We’re delighted to announce that the TfL Tech Forum is now live, and is ready for you to use right away. With more than 11,000 developers working with our open data to develop innovative products, the TfL Tech Forum will be a lively space where developers can connect with experts from the TfL Online team, providing a platform for discussion around all aspects of our open data and Unified API. With over 600 travel apps powered by TfL, it’s great to see new product features being developed, and a key area of focus is accessibility (see this previous blog) – we encourage you to develop new features for your product using our data.
We recently made available the route data for all our current Cycle Superhighways and the new Quietway 1 so developers can accurately map the existing cycle network in their apps, making it easier for cyclists to find and use these routes. The data will be regularly updated as more Cycle Superhighways and Quietways are completed in the coming years.
The promotion of these cycling routes is part of the delivery of the Mayor’s new blueprint for a healthy London, which will see increasing physical activity put at the centre of a wide range of GLA and TfL policy, setting out how it could transform the lives of millions of Londoners. The new route data complements the extensive data we already provide on cycling in our API and as downloadable files. Here’s an overview of what’s available.
London has one of the most accessible transport networks in the world, but whilst we have made progress on accessibility, we recognise there is an enormous amount of work still to do.
On Monday 13th February, we will make a minor change to our Unified API responses so that they will no longer return absolute URLs as references to other API entities. They will now return a relative URL instead.
We don’t anticipate many developers are relying on these URLs being absolute, but if we’re wrong, please let us know as soon as possible in the comments section below or through the API portal.
Future Cities Catapult & Amazon Web Services (AWS) are bringing top innovators together to work on the future of UK cities and UK citizen services, with the London Innovation Series from January 23-27. Join the London Innovation Series, where I will be amongst a large number of presenters, to learn how to build digital services for cities and government in a new and fresh way.
On Tuesday 20 December at 14:40, we deprecated support for older cypher suites such as SSLv3, TLS 1.0 & 1.1. This is in line with security best practice and helps protect our free services from the security issues identified in older versions of these technologies.
Taxis are an important, trusted and iconic part of London’s transport system, and they also offer a vital service for disabled people. There are currently around 640 taxi ranks in the capital, serving key locations and one in five of all taxi journeys start at a rank. We have released the location of all London taxi ranks in our Unified API, allowing open data users to enhance or develop new apps and products for customers planning taxi journeys.
Waze, the free, real-time crowdsourced traffic and navigation app has announced Transport for London as its 100th global partner. The Waze Connected Citizens Programme is designed as a free data exchange, and it’s great to see Waze – used by several hundred thousand drivers in London – using TfL’s roads open data to provide its app users about traffic information on TfL’s Road Network. In the coming weeks, it will also be interesting to see how TfL will be able to use the data shared by Waze.