Part Two is planned for Monday 28th March
Also, please note, there is no such place as Dobbin Hill Cemetery. It should say "Dobbin Hill (top) opposite Ecclesall Church graveyard"; maybe more sensitively "oppposite Ecclesall Church Hall".
read again)]. It is USEFUL information like this that only a "person" can give. Also, TSY, spell Gisborne Road correctly, please (no "u").
But, innocent abroad, you are unaware of the local yokel's advice. So, once you have "guessed" what is going on, you can click on the tiny little "dot" (not good for those with less than perfect vision) representing the stop opposite the obvious one and get a list of buses that call there.
EXCEPT THAT THE 88A DOESN'T and never has done! Clicking on the red squiggle (that's the logo for a PDF file; everybody knows that.) next to the number 83 - takes you, eventually, to the standard PDF for the 83 timetable leaflet, complete with its previously-blogged inherent failings. In an inexplicable bit of unnecessary computer complexity ...
Why not go direct? Of course, computer people and their web designers LOVE to make things complicated.
Also from this point you can call up a list of "real time" departures. To what extent this is a useful facility on a route that runs every 5 minutes is, at best, debatable. Maybe if bad weather or traffic disrupts. fbb is hoping to test how "real" the real time is later this week.
So that's it. It does what it says on the tin. It IS an interactive bus map which simply (? complicatedly) delivers information from an existing and flawed database. The questions remain:- Is this information for information's sake? Is this an example of "we have the technology, so let's provide it"? How many people use it? And, more importantly, of those who use it, how many find it useful? What do you think (try it yourself)?
Regular readers will know that fbb pines for good old fashioned data provision. He was, for many years in Sheffield, the owner and user of one of the most reliable and easy-to-use sources of multi-modal public transport information, available cheaply and pocket-sized. It also had the benefit of not needing batteries or recharging. It was, of course, a timetable book. With its companion route map and the services of "the man who knows" at the end of a local phone line, it provided everything needed far more reliably than modern over-engineered technology.
Or is fbb just being Luddite? After all, he is only 4 years short of his Biblical sell-by date.
And you STILL cannot view or download an official map of the Sheffield bus network. But, there he goes again, you can use fbb's own version (here).
PART TWO (coming soon) delves more deeply into the map and its facilities.
Next blog : due Tuesday March 22nd
fbb is off to Sheffield and tomorrows blog is offered a day early - instead of Wednesday 23rd