To kick off Bike Month and the Bicycle Master Plan Update, the city has launched some new online tools to help people find good bike routes and make recommendations for changes.
First off, the city’s new online bike map goes well beyond simply posting the PDF of the print bike map, as in previous years. The new map is interactive and even lets you choose your level of confidence so you can avoid busy roads with sharrows or skinny bike lanes. The print map simply labels all bicycle facilities, which can be confusing or misleading to newer bikers. For example, if a busy street (like 45th in Wallingford) has sharrows, it will be marked on the bike map even though that is the last street I would suggest to a beginner. The online map lets you see only the roads that are slower and more comfortable for cycling.
The map does not allow for routing directions (apparently the software to do that is crazy expensive). But it could be a good tool for people who want to get started and want to know which slower streets are good options.
City wants to know trouble spots in your bike route
As the city kicks off the Bicycle Master Plan update, they want to know all the spots in the city that give you trouble or make you feel unsafe. And since they have this new online bike map, they are using that software to collect survey data. Go to the survey website and follow the steps on the right to mark issues on the map.
Here’s a video explaining the survey:
Pretty cool, huh? So have at it and tell the city all about your issues, intersection by intersection. And you can skip parts of the survey if you don’t have time to do it all. Just send them whatever info you can.
UPDATE: Note that the survey map saves and clears every two minutes. So if your marked routes disappear suddenly, don’t worry. It has been saved.