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Data Themes #1: Cycling in the City

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.

A Santander Cycles docking station: The promotion of cycling routes is part of the delivery of the Mayor’s new blueprint for a healthy London.

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Devs – Can You Help Us Provide Better Accessibility Info?

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.

It’s important that wheelchair users know if a station is step-free, and if it is, whether the lifts are working that day.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day with Women in Tech

A quick look around any room of developers will suggest that women in tech are woefully underrepresented. In fact, this 50-odd percent of the population only take up around 16 percent of tech jobs, seemingly for historical, cultural and practical reasons.

That situation is reflected at TfL, although we have some strong initiatives that are designed to reduce this effect. Another way of balancing the imbalance is by strengthening the community we already have, so I was delighted to take small part in an afternoon as part of a week of activities, talks and events for International Women’s Day, which was organised by TfL’s internal Women’s Network and Siemens.

Charul Gupta, TfL Online’s Digital Product Manager, discusses the importance of gender diversity at the Women in Tech event.

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Change to Absolute URLs in API Responses

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.

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Next Monday we’re making a minor change to our Unified API responses, so that they will no longer return absolute URLs as references to other API entities

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Register for the London Innovation Series – Jan 23-27

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.

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Tube Strike – Tools to Help You Plan Your Journey

Tube station staff who are union members are striking for 24 hours from 18:00 on Sunday 8 January. Services are severely reduced and customers should aim to complete their Tube journeys by 18:00 on Monday. 

  • The strike is by station staff, which means many Tube stations may not open at all, particularly in Zone 1
  • This will mean severely reduced services, and a later 07:00 start to services on Monday
  • We will run the best service possible depending on how many employees are available
  • We expect normal services to resume by the morning of Tuesday 10 January

We have a variety of digital tools available to help you get around during the disruption.

Using our Status updates tool, you can check on the status of all modes of transport. Here you can see the Traffic status with detailed info

Using our Status updates tool, you can check on the status of all modes of transport. Here you can see the Stations status, with detailed info on all stations experiencing disruptions

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Developers Using TfL’s Open Data Feeds

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.

We've rolled back our change, giving open data users extra time to update their tooling to support modern TLS versions (1.2 and 1.3)

We’ve rolled back our change, giving open data users extra time to update their tooling to support modern TLS versions (1.2 and 1.3)

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Unified API: Taxi Ranks Added to Places

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.

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Taxi rank data for ranks closest to stations, such as this one outside Waterloo, is now available to app developers through our Unified API

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