Producing a Bike Map for Your Town…

Mark Stosberg of Bikes as Transportation wrote to tell us of a project he’s worked on — creating a bicycling map of Richmond, Indiana. His website details all the steps to undertaking such a project, and the steps are expertly presented. His site has it all, from planning for such a project, the actual field work needed to produce a map, presenting it to the city and even fundraising techniques to help float the project. It’s definitely worth a read, and his experiences may inspire others to craft their own city’s map. Check it out…you won’t be disappointed!

The Tampa area is lucky in the fact that despite slow infrastructural improvements for bicyclists, the area’s Metropolitan Planning Organization has been producing bike maps for several years. There are two versions: one is a “bike suitability map” that details good, ok and poor road choices for bicyclists with color codes, and the other is a pair of maps that detail on- and off-road bikeways, both existing and future. All of those maps are available by visiting the Hillsborough MPO site.

Another inspiring bike map story comes from NOLACycle (via Urbanvelo.org). Read all about it by visiting Urbanvelo’s coverage of the project.

Thanks, Mark, for the heads-up on this project — you’ve created a great resource for anyone who desires to help their community by taking on such an endeavor. Bikecommuters.com gold stars for you!!!


6 Comments

  1. mattMcguire September 5, 2008 10:04 am 

    Check out the cyclopath – possibly the world’s first geowiki. An interactive user generated bike map.

    It covers the Minneapolis -St. Paul area.

    http://magic.cyclopath.org/

  2. Bob September 5, 2008 10:40 am 

    I think getting lost and finding your way around on a bike is part of the fun. But when you need to get someone and don’t have time to find your way there, a well mapped route is priceless.

    Projects like this is what helps build bicycle infrastructure and support.

  3. Iron Man September 5, 2008 11:03 am 

    I like to whip up customized Google Maps for folks looking to get into riding. I think this is helpful in that they often do not know the best way to get onto the official bike routes in town or are still uncertain as to how safe they may be.

  4. Ghost Rider September 5, 2008 11:34 am 

    I like to make customized Google (actually G-Maps) maps for new commuters, too. It’s pretty rewarding to see their faces when they discover an easy, quiet route from home to work.

    I’m really glad to see people step up to the plate for their communities — encouraging more bicycles on the streets helps push cities (well, at least hopefully) toward developing more bike-friendly infrastructure.

  5. Mark Stosberg September 5, 2008 12:03 pm 

    Thanks for the link. The project has been a success initially. In the first 24 hours, I was able to get over 3,000 of the 5,000 maps out to distributors. A local college and high school are making them available to every student who wants one.

  6. Ghost Rider September 5, 2008 12:11 pm 

    Bravo, Mark — and thanks for sharing this great resource with us!

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