Bike Network Information Added to MapOffice™

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The City of Des Plaines, IL obtained a Congestion Mitigation and Air
Quality (CMAQ) grant in 2008 to assist in the development of the city’s
bike network. By the summer of 2011 this grant provided enough funding
to develop a bike network that includes 15 miles of signed on-street
routes and 5 miles of shared lane markings or other supportive pavement
markings.

In the past, information regarding the bike network was available to
the public through a series of static PDF maps on the city’s website,
but city staff wanted to consolidate information to make it easier for
residents and staff to view. To do this, staff from the Engineering
department worked with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) personnel to
develop a custom layer for display in MapOffice™, the city’s
interactive map application. Within this custom layer the current bike
network is symbolized by the type of routes that are currently in place
and proposed future route improvements. Bike rack locations are also
included in the layer, as well as points of interest found along each
route. This layer is displayed in both an internal version of
MapOffice™ available to village staff and well as a public version of
MapOffice™ available on the city’s website.

Making this information available in the city’s interactive map
environment allows residents and staff to view the bike network
spatially and also obtain information regarding the network features.
City staff hopes that this layer will give residents easy access to more
information about their bike riding options and provide answers to
questions that were previously only available by contacting the city
directly.