In 2003, the village of Wheeling created a bike map plan highlighting
the areas of the village that would be best suited for bike paths.
Although a few of the paths were created, much of the plan was never
fully implemented. In 2009, the village planner decided to create a new
village bike map that would take the best aspects of the previously
created map, but add in more logical and cost effective bike paths.
The main goals for the new bike map plan would be to create paths
that would link paths from neighboring townships, allowing a biker to
travel in and around the surrounding areas, and to make sure the created
paths would be as cost effective as possible. The village planner
contacted the surrounding communities and obtained their bike maps.
This allowed him, by using GIS, to create a map with the surrounding
community’s paths, and then connect the existing village bike paths to
them. By using GIS, the village planner could now plot where exactly
the new village bike paths should go, and then estimate the cost for a
particular section. In one proposed section, the street is wide enough
to paint a bike path on one side. By calculating the amount of round
surface area, the cost of painting the street can be estimated. This
cost can then be compared to other proposed types of routes and the most
cost effective route can be chosen.
Although the plan is not finalized, GIS allowed the village to plan a
more logical bike path system. By connecting existing paths to paths
in surrounding communities as well as existing village locations i.e.
village hall or the aquatic center, residents will be able to travel
through the village and to surrounding areas as easily and safely as