Black spots for cycling in South Canterbury: Google map link

You are invited to contribute to this new Google map, Black Spots for Cycling in South Canterbury.


If you are interested in browsing the map, just follow this link:

If you are interested in contributing information to the map, you will need an account with Google. If you are a user of GMail, Google Docs, or you already have a Google account.

If you have a Google Account, just follow the link above and log in to your account using the "Sign in" link on the upper right of the page.

If you don't have a Google Account, follow the above link to the map and click the "Sign in" link on the upper right of the page. After the "Sign in" page loads, click on the link "Create an Account Now" below the sign in form. Follow the instructions to open an account, and return to the map after you have completed the process.


1) Go to the map, and sign in to your Google account.

2) On the left side panel, click on the button "Edit". You will notice a few changes on the screen. Three square icons appear on the upper left side of the map panel. Use these icons to edit the map.

3) If you have not used a Google map before, practice zooming in and out by using the slider on the left side of the map, or by right-clicking the mouse and left-clicking 'zoom in' on the drop-down menu that appears;  when you zoom in you will see the black spots I have added in more detail. Try 'grabbing' the map to move it by holding down the left mouse button and moving the mouse.

4) To add a spot, click on the marker icon (it looks like a blue drop), and then click on the place in the map where you want to add a spot. A box will pop up. In this box there is a form. Use the form to give the spot a name and a description. In the description type some specific information about why this is a black spot. Then click "OK".

Was this information helpful to you? Do you have any other questions about how to use the map? Please leave your comments.

PLEASE NOTE: This map was created using a dial-up connection. However, if your dial-up connection is quite slow, it may not be worth the frustration! You may be best to use a friend's broadband connection instead!