Active Trans is excited to announce that the 2013 edition of the Chicagoland Bike Map is hot off the presses and now in the Active Trans office.
The map is a unique resource for cyclists in the Chicagoland area because it covers a huge area unmatched by more localized municipal maps. Its boundaries run roughly from Kenosha, Wisconsin to the North, Aurora to the West, and University Park to the South. The Southeast of the map extends to the Indiana state line.
Improving upon previous editions, the 2013 map gives cyclists more than just the area's trails and cycling lanes. It also provides an improved rating system that will help people make decisions about which routes to take. Routes are rated as excellent, good or fair, and those ratings have been updated and refined.
Another goal of this sixth edition of the map is showing connectedness. This was accomplished by having volunteers work on reducing many of the dead ends found in the previous 2010 edition.
"This map really tries to tie together all of the bike routes in the region," said Marissa Dolin, transportation planner for Active Trans.
|This is just one of the two pallets of new bike maps that arrived in the Active Trans office.|
Active Trans builds its map from various sources of data — and most importantly data gathered by trained volunteers. About 150 experienced riders — more than in any previous edition — contributed to this year's map. This allows the map to truly be “for cyclists, by cyclists” in its design.
Paul Lippens, Active Trans' director of planning, stressed that the data provided by these volunteers forms the core the map: “If you asked our members, 'What are the best streets and trails for riding?' This map is the answer."
New and renewing Active Trans members will receive a map automatically as part of their membership. Others can purchase the new map here.