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Welcome to Chris Bennett's and Lis Pedersen's web site. If you are looking for information Chris' current work on affordable housing, please visit www.mygbhousing.info. The video below tells the background to Chris' project.


GPX POI on Google Play is an Android App which is designed to help identify 'Points of Interest' (POIs) along a GPS route. Chris had it developed when he found the route planning for the 7,390 km race from Norway to Spain a bit tedious.

The concept is straight forward. You load the GPX file that you want to ride. You then load an Open Source file with the POIs.  Having defined the 'zone' around the GPX file to look for POIs, it then tells you how far it is to the POIs ahead. It will also produce a table of POIs in terms of the number of POIs of different types that are ahead in distance bands. The screens below show the program.

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Above is the Indian Pacific Wheel Race GPX with the POIs.

Screen 2

 The distance to travel to the different POIs.

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It is pretty straight forward to use:

  • Create a folder on your phone for the GPX tracks. Copy your GPS track there.
  • Create a folder called POI and download the appropriate POIs to the folder from http://download.mapsforge.org/pois/
  • Load the GPX track.
  • Load the POI file.

Be patient (see below).

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 You need to tell the app how far off the road to search for POIs. Be warned: if this is too large it takes a loooooonnnnnng time to load the data!

Finally, the POIs are from Mapforge and are all Open Source. Unfortunately, they are often for a whole country so it can also take a while to load things.

 It is possible to export the POI distances to Excel for planning.

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For more macro planning, it will tell you how many POIs are ahead of you in different distance bands. Handy for when you are tired at the end of the day and trying to decide how much further to ride.

GPX POIs is a simple app. OSMAnd+ is a fully featured app which has POIs etc. Just doesn't give it to you concisely for the distance ahead. Best to race with both.




Chris in the NCT Race 

Chris has an adventurous spirit which generally involves cycling, running, or just being out there having a good time. Read his 'Race Reports' below. This is a link to his SPOT GPS tracker. If you are interested in his 'geeky' sport technical blog it is at www.tri-duffer.com. He also has stories of his life as 'An Overtravelled Engineer Working for the World Bank' at World Bank Traveller.


Race Reports


Document Library


  • Chris' published papers and reports are here.
  • His Technical Library  has a range of reports 
  • Golden Bay community projects are here.
  • The history of the ROMDAS company is here.
  • The 'Road to Good Health' HIV/AIDs Toolkit is here.


Technical Library

Chris and Lis

Chris and Lis

We are Lis Pedersen and Chris Bennett. We’ve been married over 30 years and each found our way to New Zealand in the early 1980s from Denmark and Canada respectively. Golden Bay has been our happy place for almost 20 years and we are now based in Pohara just above the beach, with our two cats Coco and Max. 




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