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Ride The City Adds Austin

July 12, 2009 By: Peter Smith Category: Advocacy


Ride the City, who originally provided mapping directions in New York City, followed by Chicago, now provide bike directions for Austin — that bike-crazy town smack dab in the middle of Texas:

Even if you haven’t been there, you might have heard that Austin is great for bicycling. According to the bike gurus, the League of American Bicyclists, Austin is the only city in the whole state of Texas worthy enough to receive a ranking in their Bicycle Friendly Community program. (The City comes in as the 15th best U.S. city for bicycling, and for that it gets a silver badge.)

Well, we’re hopeful that bike riding in the Lone Star state is going to get even better today as we launch Ride the City – Austin: Put your hands together!

We’d like to thank all those who helped during the tweaking and clean up of the data to improve the routes. We especially thank Nathan Wilkes and Jason Fialkoff, both of Austin’s Bicycle Program, and bike advocate Tom Wald. These guys gave excellent feedback and helped to comb through the routes to make sure the most common local routes are accurate. Thanks guys. (Some day we’ll show you one of Nate’s hand-drawn maps, really cool.)

We hope that Ride the City - Austin will make bike riding a little bit easier in another great American biking town. So pass it on and, remember, if you test a route and find a glitch or a better way please come back to rate it/give comments on the “Feedback” tab so we can continue to improve the site.

Notice they’ve made the switch from Google Maps tiles to OpenStreetMap tiles. Because the OpenStreetMap tiles have fewer of the yellows and other bright colors of Google Maps, your bike route is easier to see — at least it seems that way to me. So, that’s a big plus.

Props to everyone who got it going.

Austin is a great town, and it just got a bit greater.  :)

Give it a whirl!