At a conceptual level, I navigate this city by rail more than by road. For instance, if I’m trying to focus on rain around home, the proximity to railways is far more useful to me than the proximity to major roads.
So to make the Bureau of Meteorology’s rain radar map more useful to me, I switch off roads, and switch on railways instead.
If only more digital maps were customisable like this.
As others have remarked:
When will mapmakers realise that public transport should feature prominently when displaying maps at urban scale? pic.twitter.com/mUjHTTHseT
— Michael Bell (@Xtrackka) April 27, 2015
The technology exists now to have these options. It’s a shame BoM is one of the few that offers it.
Extra brickbats for the otherwise wonderful Google Maps — when zooming in to see road/street detail, their algorithm seems often reluctant to tell me the name of major roads — instead telling me all about the minor streets surrounding them. It might be because it likes showing State Route numbers (which almost nobody uses) — in this example, it’s not just Centre Road (state route 16) which is unlabelled, but also Jasper Road (state route 17, but it’s not even showing that).
In any case, the core point is this: Most maps are digital these days. Why don’t they have the options to show and/or highlight what I want them to show?