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Bike Pittsburgh Online Map

Our friends at Bike Pittsburgh have just unveiled their first-of-a-kind online bike map. In addition to all of the resources on the print map, the online version contains lots of new information laid over a Google Map. They’ve added information about crossing bridges, an expanded notes and landmarks section, the opportunity to view the routes in terrain and satellite mode, and user-submitted crash information.

The latter is useful to cyclists so that we can track patterns, learn from others, and communicate about problem areas. Interestingly, the crash information has been the subject of some debate. On one hand it stands to reason that crash info would alert cyclists to dangerous areas and encourage activists to be vocal about safety. On the downside, it reinforces the notion that cycling is dangerous and thus discourages would-be cyclists.

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4 Comments

  1. WilliamMay 16, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Wow, that’s beautiful. I’d love to have that for Silicon Valley too…

  2. PaulMay 16, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Awesome idea. It’d be a great thing for Seattle.

    I think the crash reports are misplaced though. As this is a map people should be marking hazards inherent to the routes: RR crossings, nasty intersections and merges, etc., not “old lady rolled a stop sign and knocked me over”. That can happen anywhere; it has no bearing on the location the submitter marked on the map.

  3. MikeMay 17, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    Someone please do this for Raleigh, NC!

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