Sunday, January 5, 2020

The Wireless Bikemap - Open for Business

Have you ever started planning a biking trip in a different city and had no idea which streets had biking infrastructure and which ones didn't?  Have you ever tried to plan a long-distance ride and didn't know what paths or marked routes were in your area?  These activities often involve poring over PDFs and online maps with different keys and level of detail.  It's hard to find one place with all of the information you want in an easy-to-read format.

The Wireless Bikemap is a new bicycle-oriented map built using data from the OpenStreetMap project.  One of the main goals of this map is to give riders a consistent view of biking infrastructure across any city, town, or village, making it easy to quickly plan pleasant rides.

Who is it for?  Commuters who want to find safe, efficient rides in cities; long distance riders who want to plan trips on national bike routes; anyone who want to find an easier way to get to the grocery store; weekend riders who want to find a better way to explore around their home; and everybody in between.

Today's map is just the start, and it has some limitations.  It currently only covers the continental United States, its search functionality is pretty rudimentary, and it only displays static maps.  But the map is young.  As it continues to grow, we'll add features like routing capabilities, elevation information, and details for the rest of the world. 

Explore the map, go out for a ride, and come back occasionally to see what we've added.  And definitely leave feedback about how the map has treated you and what you have found using it.

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