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Metro wants your input for update of ‘Bike There!’ map

Posted by on June 10th, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Detail of Bike There! map.

For those who still rely on printed maps, the best one for the entire region’s cycling routes is Metro’s Bike There! map. First published in 1983, the agency is currently working on a major update for the 9th edition and they want your help to make it the best one ever.

Metro has launched an online survey to learn more about how people navigate the region by bike. The survey asks you to rank the importance of the map’s various features, asks about your use (or not) of various GPS mapping services (hmm, wonder what Metro could be up to?).

The new map is set for release in 2015. You can buy a copy for $9 at bike shops throughout the region. To take the survey and learn more about the Bike There! map, visit OregonMetro.gov.

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  • q`Tzal June 10, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Can we have a .kml for Google Earth like we did a few years ago?
    Can we get an offline electronic version?

    I’d honestly buy both but I like having access to the level of finite detail that cannot be included on a paper map without frying people’s minds.

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  • Dwaine Dibbly June 10, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    When the 9.0 hits and the cell towers, etc, are down, paper maps will come in handy while we’re all evacuating via cargo bike.

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    • Spiffy June 11, 2014 at 7:14 am

      at that point the lines on the pavement won’t matter and all vehicles will be using all roads in any manner they can…

      that’s when separate infrastructure would be best… no panicked drivers clogging the bike paths during disasters… but I’m guessing people would just plow through the riders with their cars… or maybe I’ve seen too many disaster movies…

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    • Todd Boulanger June 11, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Bike maps may not be the best tool in an emergency regional evacuation…

      As then the bike lanes will be filled with debris and all roads will be “bike lanes”…assuming the Hollywood movie grid lock allows space for bikes to flee other than the car free trails.

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      • q`Tzal June 12, 2014 at 12:14 am

        Remember to bring your crossbow and machete; no one is making new ammo in the zombie apocalypse.

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  • GlowBoy June 10, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    I loved, loved, loved the Google Earth overlay, and I miss it a lot now that I just use Google Maps. IMO the bike route information currently in Google Maps is substantially inferior.

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  • saypdx June 11, 2014 at 1:35 am

    I’d like to see ‘ghost bike’ markers everywhere a cyclist had been killed.

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  • ralph June 11, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Alert the touring crowd that if they are going thru Oregon City they’ll b hitting some major hills (or brave 99 w/ no road shoulders).

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  • Kagi June 12, 2014 at 10:54 am

    saypdx: Presumably, you want to scare people away from biking, which will only make it more dangerous for those who do bike. Ghost bikes are a bad idea.

    Meanwhile, I’d like to see a marker for every dangling modifier that has mangled both logic and the English language: “First published in 1983, the agency is currently working on […]”

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