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Incorporating Photoroute on your website

Incorporating Photoroute on your website can be implemented in many ways thanks to the flexibility and configurability which has been designed into the Photoroute product set. There is no single best way to build Photoroute maps into your website, but rather you have the choice of a number of ways to complement the design and content of your site.

The best way to add Photoroute to your homepage will depend on how many Photoroute maps you want to show on the front page. Perhaps, it’s only one from the nearest tube station. Or perhaps, there are several bus stops and train and tube stations nearby from which your visitors will arrive. If there are so many alternative ways to get to your location, then perhaps a map or schematic showing the available photoroute maps may be the best option.

Let’s have a look at some examples.

Full Width Embedded Photoroute

Reduced width Embedded Photoroute

You can configure the size of an embedded photoroute to any size you want to fit in the real estate on your website page. We have produced a reconfigured version of the above phoroute here to show you what a smaller version would look like.
You could incorporate more than one of these Photoroutes on your website page but it might begin to look too cluttered if you have too many of them.

List of available Photoroutes

Sometimes a straightforward list of the available Photoroutes will do the job. A list of start and end points is clear and unambiguous and easily understood. The list should not be too long, and the start points should be easily recognisable. Tube and train stations are well suited to a list approach. Bus stops can be problematical if there are many stops which surround your location.

Map or schematic representation of many Photoroutes

We can create a schematic or map based representation of many Photoroutes to your organisation’s location. The choice of map or schematic will depend on a number of factors. The design objective is to allow your visitors to easily and quickly identify the most suitable route for them to use to get to your location. Your own branding could be incorporated to maintain your own brand identity.

A great example of a map based view of the available photoroutes is one we have created for the Southbank Riverside Walks in London which will be launched in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics visitors. You can see this example here. Note that this example also includes the list of available Photoroutes so that the reader can choose whichever means of identification with which they are comfortable or confident.

With this range of ways of adding Photoroute maps to your website, there really is a compelling reason to embrace Photoroute and give your visitors the clearest way to find your location.

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Sample Photoroute – Tower Hill Gateway to City Hall

To get the feel for the quality and effectiveness of PhotoRoute maps, it is often best to take a look at one of the routes. As described elsewhere, the GLA has invested heavily in the Southbank Riverside walk access improvements and as part of that investment programme, they commissioned Enabled City Ltd to produce 26 PhotoRoutes into/out of/and around the improved Southbank Riverside infrastructure.

Here is just one example of one of the Photoroute maps. This shows the route from Tower Hill Gateway to the GLA building, City Hall on the Southbank, near the Tower of London.
This is a fully functional route which is shown here in embeddable form. Click on the map and you will be able to trace your footsteps through the route.

If you click on the “view this map on enabled maps”, then you will see the full size version of the photoroute map and you can step through the decision points on the route to take you to City Hall and onto the Southbank Riverside Walk which stretches from Tower Bridge to Westminster Bridge.

This is just one example of these very effective and useful maps which you can use on a mobile device or you can print out the route details before you set off and use it as your guide.

Southbank Riverside Walk

Please contact us if you would like to have PhotoRoute maps for directions to your organisation. Be helpful to your customers and make it easy for them to find you. Particularly if your customers have special access requirements, PhotoRoutes can improve the experience of your customers using your premises.

The embeddable version (like the one above) is great for the home page of your website or on your ‘how to find us’ page. It really couldn’t be any easier with our intuitive toolkit.

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Enabled Maps renamed to PhotoRoute

Click to visit PhotoRouteAfter 5 years, Enabled Maps is being rebranded to PhotoRoute, we feel this is a clearer name for this mainstream service and while our roots were grown in disability access and the social model of disability, Enabled City aims to promote a positive image of people with disabilities as service providers (having expert knowledge) rather than just service users.

 

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PhotoRoute provides a wayfinding service by geolocating photos, text and directional arrows to assist people with learning and other disabilities. Many people without disabilities are finding that PhotoRoute provides tremendous help in building confidence in routes before and during their journeys.

www.photoroute.com

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Southbank Riverside Walk Access Improvements

We were delighted to be able to share a display unit at LOCOG’s (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) Inclusive Journey 2012 exhibition Sign 1at the Excel Centre yesterday to exhibit the enabled maps which we have developed for the GLA (Greater London Authority) for the Southbank Project.

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The riverside walk along the Southbank of the River Thames from Westminster to Tower Bridge is being made more accessible. The South Bank remains home to many of the capital’s finest cultural institutions and is one of the most visited locations in London.
Working with the London Boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth, the Greater London Authority is investing £4 million to improve pavement layouts, install better lighting and signage, increasing seating and provide more access ramps and handrails. This is a lasting legacy for London, enabling even more people to enjoy this area.

Southbank Riverside Walk

Sign 2The improvements will provide:

  • A continuous safe and accessible route along the Southbank of the River Thames
  • A route that everyone can use and enjoy regardless of age or disability
  • Alternative routes for cyclists where the walkway is at its narrowest on the street network to the south of the main pedestrian route
  • Accessible links between the bridges providing pedestrian connections to the north of the river
  • Easy wayfinding by photo routes – the route along the Southbank and the accessible connections to it from nearby rail and tube stations have been illustrated with photographs which can be downloaded from enabledcity.com. This helps everyone find their way to the Southbank Riverside Walk and is particularly helpful to people with learning disabilities, people whose first language is not English including British Sign language users, and others who find traditional map reading difficult.

PhotoRoutes provide an easy way for people with learning and other disabilities to confidently get around London and other cities and locations. London expects to welcome thousands of disabled visitors including people using wheelchair and other visitors with access requirements during the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.

The Mayor is committed to delivering the most accessible Games ever and the production of Photo Route maps along the Southbank contributes to making everyone’s visit to London an accessible experience.

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