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Haven_kd7yct
02-25-2010, 08:55 AM
Sorry for the late notice-- been busy here at the office (tax season and all that).

The City of Tigard and the citizen group involved in the creation of the City's new Bike Map will be having a map release party tonight at Max's Fanno Creek Brew Pub down on Main St in Tigard.

It's scheduled from 4:30 to 5:30pm, but I'll bet people will be there later than 5:30.

There will be free copies of the map available! Plus, Max's has great food and beverages for reasonable prices, and lots of bike parking. Very kid-friendly, too.

Come meet the people who had a hand (wheel?) in the creation of this map!

K'Tesh
02-25-2010, 09:39 AM
I've get off work at 6:30...

I'll swing by anyway and see who's still there.

And somebody remember to take a camera and document the event.

Rubberside Down!
K'Tesh

wsbob
02-25-2010, 12:22 PM
Hey Kt...doubtful I'll be at the shindig, but I definitely will be looking to get a hold of the map, maybe a little bit because your 'magic' touch had a hand in its production ;). 'Free' would be a very good price for me. Since the forum member working with the city of Portland on their map update posted a thread here recently asking for forum member suggestions (sorry, forget his name), I've gathered together the local bike maps:


2007 Bike There! (this one's nice but big....but has all the street names on it, which the other's don't, harder to handle than the others.)
2004 Washington County Cycling (read that plans are in the works to update this one, excellent map for the fact it depicts the mostly road less foothills west of Forest Grove.)
2008 Portland by Bicycle map (this one currently being updated with our forum members help)
Tualitan Hills Park & Recreation District Trails Map (more a walking/hiking map, but has some bike trails indicated on it, and is a very good, easy to handle map.)

I've really enjoyed studying them and having them available as a simple resource that easily enables identifying where people are referring to when they talk about certain road location.

Simple Nature
02-25-2010, 07:46 PM
How do us lackies that didn't make the party get a copy?

DarkStar
02-26-2010, 09:02 AM
At the bottom of this page, there is a link to have the City mail you a copy:

http://www.tigard-or.gov/community/bike_tigard/default.asp

Haven_kd7yct
02-26-2010, 10:33 AM
Also, I understand that you can pick up copies at various locations throughout Tigard-- I've got a few extras here at my office, and I'm sure if you emailed Mike McCarthy with the City of Tigard, he'd be glad to offload some from the boxes in his office. :)

Anyway-- I didn't take a camera so I didn't get any pictures, but the turn-out was pretty good last night. I saw at least 5 of our crew there last night as well as various city folks and the mayor, and friends/family of people came too (I brought my mom).


The maps turned out quite nice, if I may say so myself, and there is a huge difference between the map our crew got at the beginning of the project and the finished product.

I hope everyone who gets a map enjoys using it!!

Simple Nature
02-26-2010, 06:30 PM
Thanks! Just requested a copy mailed to me.

Seems the large PDF file is corrupt.

zpl
02-26-2010, 11:11 PM
Thanks! Just requested a copy mailed to me.

Seems the large PDF file is corrupt.

Ditto on both counts! I can't seem to open the large PDF.

Scott

wsbob
02-27-2010, 11:38 AM
Yup...having one mailed too. I don't fully understand why at least a small dollar amount isn't charged for this map. If it's a good map...which I imagine it will be...two or three bucks would easily be fair. Maybe someone has it figured out that administrative effort would be such a hassle that it's not worth it.

Bike Gallery in Beaverton has a big wall rack just as you enter the store. Some of the other maps have been on that rack when I've gone in. Seems like this map would be a natural addition to those. For people coming in the store to browse, but not prepared to necessarily make a big purchase. it could be very compelling to drop two or three bucks on a swell map for a city that's very close to the beav.

Simple Nature
02-27-2010, 12:25 PM
I usually explore mapless but I do carry the fold-up map handed out at the Bridgepedal. Very comprehensive and easy to carry. That is indeed the hallmark of a great map.

The test of this map will be to see if I can actually find Cook park :)

OutdoorDad
02-27-2010, 07:42 PM
Ditto on both counts! I can't seem to open the large PDF.

Scott

I'm glad I wasn't the only one having issues trying to open the PDF. I, too, requested a hardcopy.

Simple Nature
03-02-2010, 06:37 PM
Today I received the map by snailmail. I have to say, it is a lot more than I expected. Not only can I find Cook Park... it has details about the park! Also nice is the elevation hints... you'll have to see this :)

It is printed on quality paper and comes in the approximate size of a normal road map. Highly detailed and easy to read, this will easily fit in my bag and have it on hand any time I am in the Tigard's neighborhood.

Way to go, Tigard! Much appreciated.

OutdoorDad
03-03-2010, 05:39 AM
Mine arrived via the post yesterday, too. Really is a great map. I hope that some of the other cities around use it as a basic jumping point (not base-jumping point) for inspiration for their maps.

zpl
03-03-2010, 11:18 AM
I too received mine yesterday and was very impressed. I sent an email of appreciation to the folks listed at the bottom of the page where you can download/request it.

Now if only Tigard's bike infrastructure matched the quality of its map...

Scott

wsbob
03-07-2010, 05:13 PM
Received the map; Thanks Tigard, as well as to everyone that worked on it and got them in the mail so promptly to us!

It's a generally quite a nice map.


The 22 by 17 size makes it easy to handle on the road and in the wind.



The scale of the map is large...almost an inch to the quarter mile.

This map also has the little black arrows indicating climb as does the Portland By Bike map. What this map has that others mentioned in my earlier post do not have, is topographical elevation lines that help to indicate the terrrain. My eyes aren't so sharp, so I've mostly got to use a magnifying glass to read the small type labeling them. Still nice to have the topo lines though.


Area within Tigard city limits on the map are rendered in simple white. That works good, makes a nice contrast with the color marked roadways and black type for street names. The map uses a gray overlay for areas on the map outside of Tigard City limits. I wish the gray used would have been a little lighter tone, but otherwise, it's nice to be able to easily note where Tigard city limits are.