Raleigh wants feedback on new bike map

krupp@newsobserver.comJuly 19, 2013 

— Local cyclists can now pick up a copy of Raleigh’s new BikeRaleigh map and provide comments and suggestions for a final version.

The city printed 2,500 copies of the map, which highlights existing on-road bicycle routes, Capital Area Transit routes, the Capital Area Greenway system, and popular destinations such as Pullen Park, the State Capitol and the N.C. Farmer’s Market. The map also displays preferred cycling routes with various levels of difficulty based on cyclist feedback, existing conditions, destinations, and route connectivity.

“We would especially like comments on the small tweaks we made to the preferred routes,” said Jennifer Baldwin, the city’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. “We decided to do preferred routes because we wanted to learn where people are going and how they get there, and it seemed less subjective than easy, medium and hard routes.”

The city’s transportation department began developing the BikeRaleigh map in January and sought out cyclists’ comments online and during Bike Month events in May, said Baldwin. The map cost $20,000 to produce – $10,000 from the city and $10,000 from a N.C. Department of Transportation grant.

At the end of the year, city staff plans to edit the map based on public feedback and print 10,000 copies of the revised version. The city also is developing a smart phone application of the map that should be available by late fall, said Baldwin.

Cyclists may obtain a copy of the BikeRaleigh map at the Office of Transportation Planning, at One Exchange Plaza, Suite 727, downtown from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. weekdays. A BikeRaleigh interactive on-line map is available and a mobile application is coming soon, said Baldwin. To submit a comment or question about the BikeRaleigh map, email BikeRaleigh@raleighnc.gov.

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