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.