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Queenstown Streetmaps – Slope Maps

This is a good example of:

showing slope in local maps for various users


The disAbilities Reource Centre in Queenstown commissioned  to design a series of maps to assist visitors. The brief was to show toilets, disabilities car parks, and the steepness of streets.

To create the maps, presented in dimetric projection with a vertical axis added to show three different slope types, data was collected from a kindly provided survey from Rodney Baker. The Arrowtown and Frankton map data was obtained with an iPad via the Spirit Level app (available on the Apple App Store).

Frankton, one of the two other nearby towns.

Frankton, one of the two other nearby towns.

The final printed map is an A3, and folds down to DL rack size; 210x297mm.  The maps have been very well received because they give an at-a-glance overview of the steepness of streets in the town. Visitors in wheelchairs or with other mobility challenges can plan what areas to visit, and which areas to park in.


Queenstown map detail

The actual map work itself was a donated project to the DRC by Toby Eglesfield with assistance from Dan Childs photography,  funded in part by creating ads for some of the advertisers.  For more details on how the map was created, see the link below. The project was a very satisfying culmination of local effort.

Key Quote:

"This type of map projection could be applied to larger cities by way of districts, or principal areas." Toby Eglesfield, map creator

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Project Location :

Queenstown, New Zealand

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The disAbilities Resource Centre Queenstown, Dan Childs Photography, Rodney Baker,

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