Where do you walk and ride?

Interactive MapAs part of the information gathering process for the Portage County Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan, Toole Design Group has developed an interactive map that allows users to map bicycle rides and make note of problems they encounter. The map is built on Google Maps Bicycle Map and should be familiar to anyone who has used Google maps before.

You can access the interactive map by clicking here.

The map allows users to map the following types of routes:

  • Commute (to school or work)
  • Transportation
  • Recreation
  • Route that needs improvement

Users can include comments about each route they create. Comments about specific problems or advantages or each route will be particularly helpful.

Users can also map the following point data:

  • Difficult intersections/crossings
  • Bike destinations
  • Trail/path connections

As with the routes, comments can be added to each point.

Brief mapping instructions are provided below.

To view a video with tips for using the map:

  • About > Instructions

To view a legend of the symbols on the map:

  • About > Legend

To turn off other users routes and points:

  • About > View Options > “Turn off and on other people’s responses here”

To create a new route:

  • Click Routes in the menu bar
  • Select the type of route you would like to create
  • Click once to begin your route, and to create turns or curves in the route
  • Double click to complete the route
  • A dialogue box will appear to add comments about the route

To create a new point:

  • Click Points in the menu bar
  • Select the type of point you would like to create
  • Click once where you would like to create the point
  • A dialogue box will appear to add comments about the point

8 thoughts on “Where do you walk and ride?

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  3. This is fantastic – planning pedestrian and bicycle improvements. Let’s make a commitment that every street within eight blocks of a school should have sidewalks on at least one side. Let’s start by teaching the children that they can walk to school.

  4. Biking on 4th Ave. between Division and 2nd St. is dangerous, especially in the areas where cars are allowed to park on the street…and in some cases on both sides (particularly between 2nd and 3rd St.) There is heavy traffic on 4th Ave and can be very scary to bike on.

  5. I have a question has anyone on this committee looked into or considered something similiar to Germanies example. From discussions with teh g/f about this they have oversized sidewalks with an area dedicated just to bicycles. A group of friends and my g/f and myself got talking about this because I asked why no one ever considered dedicating one sidewalk to bicycles or making them bigger on the busy streets so that you do not have to weave around parked cars and deal with drivers who do not pay attention drifting into the bike lane

    • Craig: What you are describing is commonly known as a cycle track: a dedicated space for bicyclists that is usually between the sidewalk and the roadway. A number of American cities are now experimenting with cycle tracks including Chicago and Milwaukee (which is a bit different from what you describe: http://bfw.org/2011/10/25/first-raised-bike-lane-in-wisconsin/).

      These facilities differ a lot from place to place depending on the type of street they are located on, and they require a lot of engineering to safely deal with driveway and intersection crossings. There are undoubtedly some places in Portage County where cycle tracks could work well, and that is part of what we will be examining as we make facility recommendations.

  6. This is an excellent community resource. I hope our city & county traffic engineers are knowledgeable about the current research on the ‘traffic calming’ design of city streets. That is about the best way to make streets useable for pedestrians & bikes.

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