Mapping bike paths in Oak Brook

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The Village of Oak Brook contains a number paths and trails including
multi-use paths in Fullersburg Woods. The paths run through Central
Park and many of the residential subdivisions. They provide residents
and visitors the opportunity to stay fit and explore the village. In
order to assist residents and visitors the Village hired an outside
vendor to create a bike path map showing the location of the various
paths throughout the village as well as important places of interest
such as the Drake Hotel and Historic Graue Mill.

While this map was useful for a general overview of the bike paths
across the village did not include detailed information such as
ownership and bridge locations. In order to create a more detailed and
accurate map, the GIS department was contacted to revise and update the
bike path map.

The new bike path map included additional bike paths that had been
added since the publication of the old map. Since the old map had not
been updated since 2005, some bike paths were missing and some places of
interest were added and removed. Bridge locations were also added to
inform the public of crossings.

In order to improve the maintenance of the bike paths, the paths were
broken into categories based on ownership/maintenance. All village
owned paths on the street were color coded as blue, park district paths
were color coded as purple, all other village owned properties were
color coded as red and all other paths including forest preserve paths
were color coded as orange. These categories allow village staff to
quickly identify who was responsible for each path in order to quickly
make repairs should they arise. The on road and off road classifications
also proved to be a useful resource for the public as they could easily
identify the surface type of the paths.

Mapping bike paths in Oak Brook

Blog_Mapping_bike_paths_in_Oak_Brook.jpg

The Village of Oak Brook contains a number paths and trails including
multi-use paths in Fullersburg Woods. The paths run through Central
Park and many of the residential subdivisions. They provide residents
and visitors the opportunity to stay fit and explore the village. In
order to assist residents and visitors the Village hired an outside
vendor to create a bike path map showing the location of the various
paths throughout the village as well as important places of interest
such as the Drake Hotel and Historic Graue Mill.

While this map was useful for a general overview of the bike paths
across the village did not include detailed information such as
ownership and bridge locations. In order to create a more detailed and
accurate map, the GIS department was contacted to revise and update the
bike path map.

The new bike path map included additional bike paths that had been
added since the publication of the old map. Since the old map had not
been updated since 2005, some bike paths were missing and some places of
interest were added and removed. Bridge locations were also added to
inform the public of crossings.

In order to improve the maintenance of the bike paths, the paths were
broken into categories based on ownership/maintenance. All village
owned paths on the street were color coded as blue, park district paths
were color coded as purple, all other village owned properties were
color coded as red and all other paths including forest preserve paths
were color coded as orange. These categories allow village staff to
quickly identify who was responsible for each path in order to quickly
make repairs should they arise. The on road and off road classifications
also proved to be a useful resource for the public as they could easily
identify the surface type of the paths.