LA Cyclist Wants Your Help to Make New Bike Map for LA

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Timur, a relatively new blogger at LA Bike Rides, is looking for your help to build a new bike map for Los Angeles.  Using Google’s map making program to design a bike map isn’t a new idea, the City of Boston used it to help design their Bike Master Plan and locally the City of Santa Monica has their map of bike infrastructure online as well.

However, Timur wants a map made by riders, not by government, to show us where people bike and what routes we, the cyclists, find to be safest.  He explains:

What I’m trying to get at is the way in which there’s no one place
for LA cyclists to compile their maps. If all the cyclists in the city
– and there are a lot of cyclists – put some time and effort into
compiling their maps in a single place, it might make the process of
riding in this city a lot less daunting. When I started riding here –
only a really short time ago, really – I had a lot to learn. I’ve
figured out some routes that work for me, but I still have a lot left
to do.

With all that in mind, I want to point people to a very worth cause: Google Maps ‘Bike There’ is a website organized around the effort to convince Google to work in bike routes into their mapping software.

So far, the only routes are ones put up by Timor and the Santa Monice bike routes.  However, I have faith that with a little help from regular Streetsblog readers we can help flesh that map out a little more.  To see Timur’s map and make some additions, click here.

  • the LA bike rides link is wonky.

    worthy cause, for sure.

  • Not the original AT

    There already is one at bikely.com
    Just search for Los Angeles and a bunch of user inputted routes are listed.
    For example, here is a map someone created from Beverly Glen to UCLA

    http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/From-Beverly-Glen-Blvd-to-Southeast-UCLA-campus

  • Community mapping should be done for the community and the data should be freely licensed, ala OpenStreetMap, which incidentally, has a great cycle-centric rendering:

    See my home city of Victoria:
    http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=48.45834390420651&lon=-123.360130293895&zoom=12&layers=B0F

    Sadly seems nobody has done anything in LA:
    http://openstreetmap.org/?lat=34.0381&lon=-118.2607&zoom=12&layers=00B0FTF

    More information about what the cycle map renders:
    http://www.gravitystorm.co.uk/shine/cycle-info/

  • This has been done, que no? Though using a more open format like this is a good way to go.

  • Damien, many thanks for the link to the project. I really appreciate it.

    @not the original AT – bikely.com is a great resource. My biggest complaint with it, though, is the way in which its interface works. It lists routes as discrete entities, and doesn’t give a real sense of where you can find a density of riders.

    @ubrayk02 – It may well have been done, but I think your point about the open format is kind of what I was looking for. There might be lots of people who put together “their bike map” (heck, I’m one of them), but not really a common map that shows bikers using certain routes together.

    But thanks again to everyone for the thoughts.

  • Not the original AT

    Thanks Timur, it took me a while, but I was able to find the original streetsblog article which links to the google map for Boston. This may help you define what you are looking for.
    http://www.streetsblog.org/2008/03/06/bike-network-20/

    I couldn’t find the original one for Philly, but here is a link to the originator of the site. Notice how the bike routes on the map are marked as to condition.
    http://bcgp.blogspot.com/2008/05/using-google-maps-to-improve-suburban.html

    Hope this helps.

    –Alan (not Alex)

  • Here is a great resource Timur —

    The folk at Alta Planning working on the LA Bike Plan Update put together a really cool PDF with Bikely links compiled from peoples suggestion in the public comment.

    here is a direct link to download the route suggestions PDF
    http://www.labikeplan.org/English/Main_files/Route_Suggestions_Bikely_web.pdf

    and here is the page with all of their helpful pdf’s
    http://www.labikeplan.org/English/Main.html

    I’d love to see a growth in the number of map books published for cycling in LA. We can then easily get them housed in the MTA Transporation Library.

    Using free self-publishing services like lulu.com and others, we should have hundreds of awesome map books dedicated to cycling in LA already!!

    I call dibs on the first published copy!! Got my money ready.

    (some clever folks in London did a publishing fundraiser for cycling stuff publishing a hilarious tome called “Crap Cycle Lanes”…check it out!!)

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