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Mat Kladney’s Simplified San Francisco Bike Map

KLADNEY SF MAPSan Francisco can be heaven or hell to ride in, depending on if you know where to turn, what streets to avoid, and how to find “the wiggle.” SF cyclist Mat Kladney recently submitted his simplified bicycle map of San Francisco to the See-Through Maps exhibition as a part of the MAPPING AND ITS DISCONTENTS symposium at U.C. Berkeley earlier this month. 

“As a longtime cyclist, I recently realized that the mental map that exists in my mind of San Francisco is different from most (and importantly does not exist in print form),” Kladney writes in explaining the map’s design.

The map illustrates popular routes through the city as uniquely colored paths, similar to many public transit maps – a way of suggesting that getting around town on a bike can be as simple as using public transit options. Atlantic Cities compares Kladney’s simplified map to the SF Bike Coalition’s bike-and-walking map here.

About Krista Carlson

A regular contributor to the print edition of Urban Velo, Krista Carlson is a cyclist obsessed with bike polo, baking, pickles, and all things bike-y. She is a native Angeleno and is madly in love with the city and everything that makes it the beautiful, crazy place that it is.

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