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Take Control of Your Maps

May 27, 2008 By: Peter Smith Category: Bicycle Maps

That’s the title of an article written by Paul Adam Smith. Paul is a co-founder and developer at EveryBlock—a very cool mashup-type application that might have implications for the reporting of street closures, potholes, crime reports, and other bicycle- and pedestrian-related issues. EveryBlock’s co-founder, Adrian Holovaty, presented at Where2.0, and during Adrian’s talk he mentioned this article by Paul; that’s how I found out about the article. I looked it up, and it’s really good.

The article, a very good introduction to internet-based map building, suggests that rolling your own maps—that is, not using Google Maps, Mapquest, or another big map player as your base toolset—is possible, and even possibly desirable:

We live in the era of Google Maps. What started off as an impressive refresh of Mapquest-style maps now fuels web mashups. With APIs official and unofficial, Google Maps is simple enough for front-end designers to embed and for back-end programmers to target. Along the way to becoming nearly ubiquitous, it has played a major role in the “democratization of mapping.” For the practical developer who wants to add geospatial information to a site or application, the Google Maps API has been an easy call.

But, perhaps no longer. As websites mature and the demand for geographic applications grow, the old mashup arrangement is starting to chafe. Mapping components are more and more vital, and so we demand greater control, expressiveness, and functionality from them.

Fortunately, as in many aspects of internet technology, an ecology of open-source online mapping tools has emerged alongside the market leader. It is now possible to replicate Google Maps’ functionality with open source software and produce high-quality mapping applications tailored to our design goals. The question becomes, then, how?

Hopefully we won’t have to build this for ourselves, as we want it available on the main Google Maps interface (that’s of primary importance, I would argue), but if we do have to do it ourselves, this article points us to a lot of useful information.

For starters, I had no idea that geodata was so difficult to get in some parts of the world, such as outside the United States. Here is the relevant part of Paul’s article:

Street beat

As I mentioned above, many mapping applications require a streets layer. Streets are a primary way that people orient themselves—the closest thing we have to a practical coordinate system in the world. As you might imagine, a database of streets is a large, complex, and valuable asset. Companies, such as NAVTEQ and TeleAtlas employ a fleet of vehicles to scour the world’s roads, arterials, and expressways, amassing the exact coordinates of each street they travel. You can purchase a license to use this type of commercial database for your own applications—usually at a per-page-view rate. It can be expensive, but if your organization can afford it, you’ll have the benefit of a constantly-updated, high-quality streets layer, with near-comprehensive coverage.

You may recognize Navteq (wiki) and Tele Atlas (wiki) from copyright signatures in the bottom-right corner of lots of Google Maps layouts, depending on the location being mapped. Navteq is being bought by Nokia (wiki), and that may help push pedestrian navigation into mobile phones a bit quicker. No word on bike navigation yet.

In addition to being able to license street data from commercial companies, folks interested in mapping American streets can use the Tiger/Line database for free. It’s not perfect, but it’s not too bad, either. European countries don’t have similar freely-available databases of street data collected by the respective governments. I would presume other Commonwealth countries like Canada and Australia and South Africa and India share similar government policies, but I don’t know.

PublicGeoData.org and OpenGeoData.org are websites/organizations aimed at open and/or free access to all public geodata. If you live in or are interested in Europe and mapping/navigation projects, you’ll probably want to be familiar with initiatives surrounding INSPIRE—The Proposed European Commission Directive on European Spatial Data Infrastucture. Check out INSPIRE’s website.

All of the discussion surrounding publicly-available geodata has helped me recognize the significance of projects like OpenStreetMaps.org—a site we’ve had listed on our Other Efforts page for a while.

Paul Adam Smith, the author of the article we’ve been talking about, is also a co-founder and board member of Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail, “a 501(c)3 non-profit grassroots organization advocating for the conversion of the unused Bloomingdale railroad in Chicago into a multiuse, elevated linear park.” Go check it out and get involved if you can.

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Where2.0, WhereCamp; More Mapping Fun

May 15, 2008 By: Peter Smith Category: Bicycle Maps

Where2.0 is a conference for geo-oriented developers that is going on right now. O’Reilly, the mega-publisher of computer geek books, is producing the conference. Here’s what their web page has to say:

GIS has been taken to heart by neogeographers, a new breed of developers with increasingly powerful tools built on the back of open standards and free APIs from the likes of Google and Microsoft, and application frameworks like Mapstraction and GeoDjango. Increasingly, the open source GIS stack is supporting the Web, adding a new arrow in the neogeographer’s quiver. Geonames, an open-data service, is built from this data web-accessible data. Google has started exposing geo data in a separate index that is growing daily.

Translated, this means that everybody is in love with GIS (geographic information systems) and geographic data of all sorts right now, in part because GIS data used to be “for GIS professionals only”—now, this is changing.

The “geoweb” is the Web, powered by GIS dataa relatively new term that implies the merging of geographical (location-based) information with the abstract information that currently dominates the internet. This would create an environment where one could search for things based on location instead of by keyword only‘. GIS information is an important part of the geoweb, but it is not strictly necessary for the geoweb. A web page tagged with the location ‘Atlanta, GA’ in some standard format - without using any GIS data, per se - can become part of the geoweb as soon as Google geoindexes that page. GIS data is typically stored in old-school GIS databases and programs, and the data is not readily-available on the web. There is an incredible amount of information in the GIS world, so lots of people (including me!) are very excited to see it make into the mainstream of computing consciousness.

Check out this video for a joint presentation by Google and ESRI. ESRI (wiki) is the leading GIS software developer, with upwards of 50% of the total market share for GIS software. They are, in short, a very big deal. Chances are that your local, state, and national government uses ESRI software extensively.

The Where2.0 blog reports what all the hoopla is about:

John Hanke invited Jack Dangermond on stage. Jack is the founder and CEO of ESRI; he is the godfather of GIS and by extension neogeography. Jack and John are the only people who have spoken at every Where 2.0. The upcoming release of ArcGIS Server 9.3, ESRI’s flagship product, will now publish in KML and GeoRSS. Every install will be able to output to a streaming KML file. There’s always been a dark web of geodata. Now this is being exposed and we can expect the geoindex to grow because of it.

And this weekend is WhereCamp at the Googleplex. WhereCamp is more of a hacker get-together, where people organize themselves into smaller teaching-oriented sessions, hold Q & A’s, work, create mockups, learn, and much more. Maybe there will be some aspiring bike route mappers there? :)

All of this is good news for our efforts to see bicycle directions on the main Google Maps interface. Bike route information is generally stored as GIS data, and this new partnership between Google and ESRI should help make it easier for everyone interested in bike map/route data to gain access to it. And GIS experts will now have an easier time of sharing their knowledge and expertise with the world.

As we’ve mentioned previously, part of all this excitement surrounding “the geoweb” is being generated by the upcoming releases of the new iPhone, and the first Android-powered cell phones this summer—both of which are supposed to ship with built-in GPS technology.

P.S.: Google has introduced a new Flash API for Google Maps, and the Google I/O Conference happens in two weeks.

…Schwarzenegger Calls for Task Force in California for expanded GIS Use.

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Bike Pittsburgh's Google Maps-based Bicycle Map

May 15, 2008 By: Peter Smith Category: Bicycle Maps

It doesn’t provide bicycle directions (yet?), but it does have a bunch of cool features.

The map shows on-street bike routes, “cautionary” bike routes, and bike trails. It also shows bike shops, trail access points, reported crashes, bridges, landmarks, and notes.

This is a very cool thing! For more information, check out the blog post and map.

White background needed for bike directions

May 01, 2008 By: Peter Smith Category: Bicycle Maps

This issue has more to do with bicycle maps (probably), than it does with bicycle directions, per se, but it’s still an important point. Our petition is primarily about bicycle directions, not maps - but maps obviously play an important role.

Check out the following map comparison (click for a bigger version). On the left is a view of Austin from Google Maps with the blue and green bike lanes highlighted (it’s incomplete, and I didn’t do red bike lanes because I think red bike lanes are worthless, or worse). On the right is a clip out of the Austin Bicycle Route map, which is in PDF format. They’re not correctly aligned, but I did the best I could.

I started recreating the Austin Bicycle Route map - the PDF - on a Google Map using the ‘My Maps’ feature of Google Maps. I thought it’d be cool to try, and I was curious what it would look like. I have even used it a bit to find my way around, but there are several things wrong with it - one of them being that it can be difficult to make out the actual bicycle lanes on the google map.

To me, the map on the right - the PDF - is the better bicycle map. The main (only?) reason it is better is because you can actually see all the bike routes clearly. And the reason you can see all the routes clearly is because of the PDF map’s white background. Compare that to the Google Map which has the grey background. The Google Map version also uses more and deeper colors for roads (yellows) and green areas (green). Those are great for directions, but they’re not so great for showing bicycle routes on a map because they just make it that much harder to see the bicycle lanes.

Myself and other folks have tried, with some success, to automatically convert GIS data from the city of Austin, and other places, into/onto Google Maps. I think it would be really cool if we could pull this off and have it look awesome. Right now, we’re not there yet, but that’s a hope.

So, how does all this apply to bicycle directions as opposed to just bicycle maps? Well, bicycle directions, in an ideal and completely awesome world, would be able to tell us which parts of the directions were which type of bicycle route - ‘easy’ (green), ‘medium’ (blue), or ‘difficult’ (red). If we want to see this ‘nice-to-have’ feature as part of our bicycle directions on Google Maps, we’ll probably need a white backgrounded Google Maps interface.

…ps - Happy Bike Month!

BikePooling

April 28, 2008 By: Peter Smith Category: Bicycle Maps, Traffic

Bikepooling is the practice of riding your bike in the company of at least one other cyclist. It is similar to carpooling, but usually each cyclist has their own bike.

Some of the advantages to bikepooling are different than the advantages of carpooling, but they both share at least one very important aspect: the company of others.

How does a bikepool even get started? Here’s an example from RocBike.com:

A few weeks ago, we were working together on a gender awareness workshop for Beyond the Binary. We both mentioned that we commute to work by bike, and realized that we live in the same neighborhood and work in the same direction. We also, unfortunately, had both faced motorist aggression on roads designed with cars, trucks, and buses in mind instead of bicycles. And so began our experiment in bikepooling — we meet up just about every morning for 25 minutes of commuting, conversation, and adventure.

Our experience has been fantastic. This morning we ate a small breakfast together in the convenience store parking lot where we meet. We said “Hi” to people as they walked by, and shared a smug conversation about automobile repair costs. We headed out on our bikes, riding side by side down a double lane road, while the conversation continued. A couple cars honked at us at an intersection without a shoulder, but shortly after that we were turning off the busy street onto a side street and through the Public Market. From then on, it was mostly easy riding, through the north side of downtown.

I like the “smug conversation” part.  :)

Why is this bikepooling thing even necessary? In that same post, the good folks from RocBike have given as good a definition as I’ve seen yet:

Carpooling attempts to mitigate the problems inherent with using automobiles—fuel costs, environmental impact, traffic congestion, and parking space; to name a few. Commuting by bike eliminates these problems altogether instead of merely reducing them, so at first glance bikepooling may seem unnecessary. But bikepooling shares carpooling’s benefit of social interaction and brings a whole other set of benefits to the table—increased visibility on the road, improved respect from other road users, and cooperative adventuring. If driving a car is a passive, rote task; and riding a bike is about actually living your life; then bikepooling is a way to share the daily adventure of bike commuting with someone, to learn how to be safe and fun together, to try new routes and get into the groove of familiar ones, to laugh and play together while being ambassadors for a safer, cleaner, happier city.

The previous post on Bicycle Highways made me think, “Huh. I wonder if it’d get lonely out there on those massive bike highways?” I figured, “Nah,” or, “I could deal with it,” or, “Sounds like a great problem to have!” But I also remembered the loneliness of my first couple of days on my bike trip from San Rafael to San Diego. (Zowie…700+ miles by the time I finished!) When I started out, everything was cool, but then the weather got rainy and cold, and I was tired (I never did more than 30 miles in one go) and lonely and very sunburned and I could hardly stand up straight because of a luggage-carrying back strain/thing I got just days earlier (which actually delayed my start date by three or four days). In short, I was in a bad way. And then my cell phone service went out (Big Sur has pluses and minuses). I thought I was gonna quit the trip.

And then I met up with another southbound cyclist, and it was really cool and fun from there on out. He was definitely a strange cat-he would say everything twice-he would say everything twice-but I’m a bit strange myself, so it all worked out.  :)   Anyone who’s been part of a cycling or running group knows that the camaraderie of other folks, and the expectation and hope that you’ll get to see other folks after you get out the door, is one of the prime motivating factors that allows you to get out of bed on those cold, dark winter days. Alone time can be great, but so can the community aspect of doing things together, even just commuting.

Here’s a special bikepool that happened in Long Beach yesterday. Going to the farmers market. Man, I could go for some fresh veggies right about now.

The BikePortland folks have an entire forum dedicated to bikepooling, and the sticky post at the top titled “Welcome to Carpooling” says this:

This forum is meant for people to connect, create and get advice on setting up bikepools in their neighborhoods.

Bikepooling is like carpooling. Portland cyclist Elly Blue started one up in her Southeast neighborhood. I wrote about it on BikePortland.org and someone suggested a forum where people could connect.

So here it is. But first, here are a few things to consider when posting your bikepool (suggested by Elly Blue):

A) Your bikepool announcement should include the following information:
-Starting point
-Starting time (specify a meeting time and/or departure time)
-General route (eg, over a particular bridge)
-Other important data, eg fast or slow, beginners welcome, etc.

B) Don’t ask if anyone’s interested in a certain route/time — just invite people. You have to go to work anyway, so if it’s a weird route and nobody shows up for the first week or two, well, what do you have to lose?

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Jonathan Maus
BikePortland.org

And then there is the BikePooling.com website designed to help people organize their bikepools. It doesn’t seem to be doing a whole lot of traffic yet, but maybe we can help change that, no? And, they’ve only just gone live, so I’m sure things will be picking up, now. Like every good website, BikePooling.com has an RSS feed to help us easily keep track of what’s going on. Good work, y’all! It appears to be a bit buggy, but hopefully that will get worked out soon enough.

Semi-side note: The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, the Bike the Bridge Coalition, and the Bay Area Bike Coalition and others are all working on getting a bicycle route that spans then entire length of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (total length: 8.4 miles or 14km). This is not the famous Golden Gate Bridge, which already has bike/pedestrian access; this is the other Bay Area bridge. But the Bay Bridge is awesome. And being able to bike over it would be awesomer.  :)   If you were to bike it on a regular basis, you might want some company, so this is definitely a BikePooling-type bridge. It’s a worthwhile effort, so if you have some time, read through their websites and see how you might be able to help. San Francisco is a huge tourism town, of course, so even folks who don’t live there could have an influence by doing things like contacting the chamber of commerce and telling them you support such a plan.

I don’t have a regular commute in Austin yet, but I will be very interested to know about folks who are already bikepooling and anyone who decides to try it out, wherever they live.

One of the earliest groups (if not the earliest) talking about bikepooling was Bike Pittsburgh. Here is an article in the local newspaper about their efforts from two years ago.

Bicycle Highways

April 25, 2008 By: Peter Smith Category: Bicycle Maps

That’s what I want for Austin and for every city and town in every country in the world. Having bicycle facilities that are separated from cars and trucks could help to increase bicycle use dramatically. How much, you ask? 500% in a year? 1000%? It’s possible. But we need the infrastructure.

What exactly is a “bicycle highway”? I can’t say I’m sure. I don’t even know if people really use the term. But in my mind, a bicycle highway is just that-a highway for bikes. Pretty simple. We have highways for cars and trucks, so why not create highways for bikes?

America, at least (and we have reports coming in on the McMansion/Suburban Sprawl-ization of developing countries like China), has suburbs that are pretty far away from urban work centers. Residents of these suburbs need a sustainable, future-proof way to get to work. Car-and-truck-only highways aren’t going to cut it. I’ve seen at least one study that says new highways reach capacity within five years of being built. To continue building new auto highways is to fight a losing battle. We need to do better, and we need to do something differently. Giving people a sustainable way to get to work is a great first step. People can and will bicycle ten or twenty miles to work each way. Just give them the facilities and watch it happen.

If cars can have incredible amounts of space and facilities and money and resources dedicated to them, why shouldn’t bicycles? Below is an artist’s rendition of what a bicycle highway system for Austin might look like:

Austin Bike Highway Map?

This StreetFilms video talks about the importance of separated bicycle facilities:

I was reminded of bicycle highways when I found out about the Atlanta Bicycle Campaign and their tour of the Atlanta Beltline (video).

Austin will soon decide what types of rail lines it may ultimately implement. I’m all for mass transit, but I can’t say I feel particularly strongly about rail lines running at street level; I’d prefer if we started with bikeways (or greenways or bike highways-whatever you want to call them).

Then someone emailed and let me know about the Minneapolis Midtown Greenway (wiki).

Here in Austin we have the Lance Armstrong Bikeway project.

These are all steps in the right direction. I feel that 90%+ of all future funding for transportation should be spent on non-automobile infrastructure: bikeways, walkways, mass transit, and so forth. I don’t believe that spending any more money on car transportation can be justified. As I said yesterday, not one more dollar to car culture.

p.s. wow.

…looks like Toronto may be having a transit strike. So, they disallowed a bunch of on-street parking, are promoting car-pooling, and allowed for a couple of very small ‘bicycle highways’. Not sure what to say about that.

Pedestrian and bicycle navigation on your Sony PSP

April 13, 2008 By: Peter Smith Category: Bicycle Maps

C|Net Asia brings us some cool info about the Sony PSP:

The map’s zoom-in, nine scales. A mediocre performance, not an impressive affair anyway. The most useful function for PSP model could be the pedestrian navigation and its route searching. While you are on foot, or on two wheels (bicycle; not recommended to motorcyclists for obvious reasons), you can search your shortest route through obscure back alleys and holes in the fence, at least, within the radius of 10Km.

So, you need a PSP, a GPS add-on, and some software from Zenrin, but it’s possible! :D

All in all, it sounds like the Sony PSP solution might be a bit rough around the edges, but I like anything that moves us towards more ubiquitous access to bicycle directions.

Also, there are rumors of the new iPhone having native GPS abilities - there already exists some ‘faux GPS’ ability in the iPhone.

And in perusing the web, I cycled across a cool blog called NaviGadget, which might be interesting to you GPS heads out there. I’m not a GPS head, myself, but I do love the iPhone - though, I’m gonna hold out for version 2 of the iPhone - hopefully in a couple of months. I’m actually curious to find out more about existing GPS devices that already provide bicycle directions - I need to do some reading.

For my future cell phone, I might also go with an Android-enabled phone if/when it hits the market. Android is basically an operating system for mobile devices/phones (wiki) - it is being developed by a group of 30 or so companies - and one of those companies is Google. The Android operating system is fully GPS-capable - the only question is whether device manufacturers will create handsets with built-in GPS capability or not. Let’s hope so.

There are lots of things going down in the mapping/GPS/directions/web arena right now, and it looks like things might really start popping in the summer (when the new iPhone is rumored to be released) - just a couple of short months away.

Speaking of GPS, I’m reminded of a cool Austin company I found out about recently - BarZ Adventures. They make these cool, little GPS-enabled tour-guide devices. Check out a YouTube video here. I like tools like this because they seem like they might be able to help excite people about walking. As cyclists, we all know how cool it is to be able to appreciate our surroundings. Hopping in the car is sometimes easier, but we roll down our windows so we can taste the air - like we would if we were on our bikes. Well, tools like BarZ’s GPS Ranger (and any GPS-enabled device) seem to me like they could have this effect of helping people (like me) to appreciate our immediate surroundings a bit more - and if we don’t like what we see, we might even get motivated to do something about it. I’m starting to believe that we all should be at least knowledgeable, if not experts in, the theory and practice of good urban design. We’ve left it to ‘the powers that be’ for too long, and now we have (sub)urban sprawl that is killing us. I’m not against suburbs or cities - I’m against poorly-designed suburbs and poorly-designed cities. More on this in a future post.

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CrunchGear

April 11, 2008 By: Peter Smith Category: Bicycle Maps

Thanks to CrunchGear for the shout-out:

Google Maps has a neat feature that will help you find driving directions or more notably public transit directions. It works quite well, but what if you don’t like either option?

Some people have started a petition to Google to include the feature to get “bike there” directions, and we think it’s a good idea.

CrunchGear is part of the TechCrunch empire (wiki).

TechCrunch covers Web2.0 companies like Facebook and YouTube and Digg and all that, and CrunchGear covers electronic gadgets and toys and iPhones and the like — including GPS-enabled devices that many cyclists already use, and we will probably want integrated with our bike directions at some point.

Speaking of Web2.0 companies, for any of you cycling (or even Web2.0 professionals), you might be interested to check out NetSquared:

Our mission is to spur responsible adoption of social web tools by social benefit organizations. There’s a whole new generation of online tools available – tools that make it easier than ever before to collaborate, share information and mobilize support. These tools include blogs, wikis, RSS feeds, podcasting, and more. Some people describe them as “Web 2.0″; we call them the social web, because their power comes from the relationships they enable.

One of NetSquared’s sponsors, Wild Apricot, is something I’ve been looking at recently - their web-based software will help you do your website (it seems to be a fairly simple, but fairly complete content management system, with blog and rss feed, etc.), some of your marketing activities (like mailing list stuff), but importantly, they also seem to help with a lot of the time-consuming membership-oriented work (like member sign-ups and re-ups, with paypal integration, events, reminders, etc.) involved with running small non-profits - like cycling associations and clubs. Oh, and it seems they could be affordable for your low-budget operation. I haven’t actually used them for anything yet, but I’m definitely thinking about it. I’ve been evaluating their stuff for almost two weeks now, and it seems solid, if not perfect. And they’ve been responsive to my 3 or so emailed questions and my 1 blog comment. Two cycling clubs that use Wild Apricot are the Petaluma Wheelmen and the Santa Rosa Cycling Club - I’m not sure what their experiences have SRCC’s experience has been with Wild Apricot [Update: Petaluma Wheelmen say, effectively, that Wild Apricot is good, especially in membership management area.] [Update 2: Santa Rosa Cycling Club have had a similarly positive mixed experience - see comments for details. Thanks PW and SRCC for getting back to us!].

[Commentary: The reason I write all this stuff about Wild Apricot is that I want the cycling community to be able to accommodate what I hope becomes explosive growth in cycling, particularly commuter cycling. Wild Apricot looks like a tool that might be able to help small cycling/pedestrian/other non-profits take care of a lot of the busy-work typically required of associations and clubs. Rather than have yourselves and other volunteers, or your one or two paid staff folks, spend time doing busywork, I think we need to do whatever we can to free up their time so you/they can do the important work of organizing events, meeting people, shmoozing people and politicians, recruiting and motivating volunteers, building coalitions, brainstorming, being creative, etc. And, content management systems like Wild Apricot can help you delegate website and coordination duties to the various folks who are responsible for particular events or programs - and it's got all that permissions/privileges stuff built-in. If you know of other companies that offer something similar to Wild Apricot, please let us know about them. Thanks!]

Back to our petition — now that most of the cycling blogosphere seems to know about it, it’s important that we can make inroads in other areas - like technology and green blogs - so getting covered by CrunchGear is a big deal.

Thanks again, CrunchGear!

…rewrote the Wild Apricot paragraph because I wrote it quickly and it didn’t make a whole lot of sense the first time around. Added the ‘Commentary’ section, too.

Life in the Bike Lane

April 10, 2008 By: Peter Smith Category: Bicycle Maps

Trek has a few bicycle blogs, one of which is focused on commuting, advocacy, and city riding, and it’s called ‘Life in the Bike Lane‘.

I think that’s just a great thing. Almost a month ago they posted about our petition. That was a big boost when we were trying to get things going around here, so we definitely appreciate it.

Many of us are now aware that Lance is getting ready to open a potentially-commuter-focused, Trek-carrying bike shop in downtown Austin. I consider that a major coup for the city of Austin. I’m thinking that a least a few folks would have a different opinion on the likely impact of such a shop, but to me it’s a big deal not just because of the potential for inspiring the local cycling community (and politicians!) to work even harder - and to get more non-cyclists onto bikes, but for the ripple effect that such a facility could have. The Field Museum in Chicago just copied the (Paris-based) Vélib’ bicycle sharing program on a small scale - and it’s a great start, and it’s just the very latest example of just how catalyzing any one event/program/facility can be. Granted, the Vélib’ program is relatively large, now - with 20,000 bikes, but it started in 2007 with ‘only’ 10,000 bikes, and before Vélib’ there was an even-yet-smaller bike rental program called Roue Libre. Check out this NY Times article from 2001. So, to me, the important thing is to just start - to try things. We’ll work and live and learn. Once we have a toehold, who knows what can happen.

Speaking of Chicago, the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation wants people to bike to work - and is gearing up for this summer’s Bike to Work Week. Some of their main advice? ‘Plan your route well in advance‘. If you live in or around Chicago, it might be time to call the nice folks at the Chicago DOT Bicycle Program and check if they have bike route data available in electronic format. You might also want to ask them if they, too, are working with Google on getting bicycle directions going on Google Maps. :)

Cambridge Cycling Campaign

April 10, 2008 By: Peter Smith Category: Bicycle Maps

The Cambridge Cycling Campaign:

was formed in 1995 to provide a voice for cyclists in our area. We aren’t a cycling club, but an organisation of volunteers campaigning for the rights of cyclists and promoting cycling in and around Cambridge. We lobby for better and more convenient conditions for cycling, safer roads, and more people on bikes.

That’s Cambridge, UK.

They have a bunch of mapping resources, including a ‘journey planner’ to plan bicycle routes. Cool!

I tried it out right quick and it seems pretty cool. I added it to the ‘Other Efforts’ page.

Thanks y’all!

I apologize for not getting this posted sooner - they originally let me know about it almost a month ago. Sorry.  :oops: