Mapping Out Existing City Bike Network

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To promote healthy living and the use of alternative travel, many
local governments have started to design and implement projects related
to cycling, such as bike route signage and dedicated bike lanes along
local streets. To assist with promoting the projects they’ve worked on
to the general public, the City of Des Plaines, IL asked the their
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) department to create a series of
mapping products that display a wide-range of features from the city’s
bike network, including the existing route locations and planned
improvements.

As the result of several years of planning and design, the
city’s bike network is slowly beginning to take shape. Using maps to
convey the work that’s already been done, along with future project
locations, helps to promote these efforts to both city residents, and
those interested in biking through the city, by providing a visual tool
to see how each route connects to each other. By seeing the routes
within the context of the city, riders can plan out their trips more
effectively and decide the safest path to take. These map products make
the bike project information more accessible and transparent, which
helps to promote rider safety, and, overall, makes the city a more
bike-friendly destination.

Mapping Out Existing City Bike Network

Blog_MappingOutExistingCityBikeNetwork.jpg

To promote healthy living and the use of alternative travel, many
local governments have started to design and implement projects related
to cycling, such as bike route signage and dedicated bike lanes along
local streets. To assist with promoting the projects they’ve worked on
to the general public, the City of Des Plaines, IL asked the their
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) department to create a series of
mapping products that display a wide-range of features from the city’s
bike network, including the existing route locations and planned
improvements.

As the result of several years of planning and design, the
city’s bike network is slowly beginning to take shape. Using maps to
convey the work that’s already been done, along with future project
locations, helps to promote these efforts to both city residents, and
those interested in biking through the city, by providing a visual tool
to see how each route connects to each other. By seeing the routes
within the context of the city, riders can plan out their trips more
effectively and decide the safest path to take. These map products make
the bike project information more accessible and transparent, which
helps to promote rider safety, and, overall, makes the city a more
bike-friendly destination.