Unearthed: 1975 City of Portland “From here to there by bicycle” map

by on March 15th, 2016 at 1:39 pm


Map cover. Design by Donna Ryan and Steve Wilson.

What did cycling routes in Portland look like over 40 years ago? That’s something we’d never known until coming across this “From here to there by bicycle” map.
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Gap Week follow-up: You’ve mapped 120 bikeway gaps around the city

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on February 4th, 2016 at 4:26 pm

Bikeway gaps really get on Portlanders’ nerves. That much is clear.

The week after Jonathan and I suggested that people enter their least favorite gaps on a Google Map, the map has 120 items scattered around the Portland area.

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Comment of the Week: A map should not be an important safety tool

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on December 18th, 2015 at 2:19 pm


If you haven’t read Jonathan’s haunting, exclusive report that Martin Greenough seems to have been killed on his very first bike commute, two weeks after moving to Portland, it’s not one to miss.

Part of the story is that the city’s official bike map inaccurately suggests that Lombard is a fine place to bike. But as BikePortland reader El Biciclero pointed out in a must-read response, the problem here is not really with the map.

The problem is that the only way to bike around Portland without near-death experiences is to use a map.

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Three secrets hidden in Metro’s great new map of every local traffic collision

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on December 9th, 2015 at 1:18 pm

metro area collisions

Every reported traffic collision in the Metro area, 2007-2013.
(Source: Metro Crash Map)

Last spring, the City of Portland created a fantastic new map of every fatality and major injury on its records for a decade. Now, regional government Metro has followed suit with a similar map that includes many other cities and unincorporated areas, too.

It’s not just an essential tool for understanding the context of future traffic collisions. (Should we be arguing about the specific circumstances of collision X, or does something seem to be inherently wrong with the street it happened on?) It’s also a source of some useful insights about road safety in Portland.

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For ninth edition of Bike There map, Metro chops print price to $6

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on April 22nd, 2015 at 9:07 am


Cover of the new map.

The definitive regional bike map has been updated with lots of new routes and a significant price cut.

Metro’s Bike There! map, published since 1982, will release its ninth edition next month in the first update since 2010. There’s a lot to keep up with: the number of mapped bike routes in the Oregon side of the Portland metro area has shot up 71 percent since 2010.

The current bike map shows 675 miles of on-street routes and 234 miles of off-street paths. For the new one, it’ll be 1,008 miles of on-street routes and 550 of off-street.

Also added to the new edition of the map, according to Metro (our regional government): “popular recreational off-road destinations where [users] can enjoy the area’s natural beauty.”
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Portland has mapped every reported traffic injury from 2004-13

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on April 21st, 2015 at 4:01 pm

portland all modes map

Ten years of traffic injuries by car, foot and bike, mapped on the city’s Vision Zero site. Black-rimmed circles represent fatalities; larger circles represent multiple injuries or fatalities at the same spot.
(Click for interactive site)

Various organizations have tried their hand over the years at mapping Portland’s traffic-safety hot spots. Now, the city has created a map of its own.

It might be the best one yet.

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Clackamas County launches survey to guide their new bike map

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on March 5th, 2015 at 4:24 pm

(Image: Clackamas County)

Even if you carry a smartphone, there are still a few times when paper does some jobs best. One of those times is the middle of a bike trip.

Clackamas County is updating their Bike It! map and has launched a web survey this month to get advice on what the new version should offer.

Last year, we wrote about the county’s virtual open house to gather information about the best routes through the county to bike in. In this related effort, the county is working to figure out how best to convey route and destination information.

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MIT maps show off the big boons of biking for neighborhoods between Chavez and 82nd

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on June 25th, 2014 at 8:16 am

fastest mode map

In areas coded green, walking is the fastest way to get there from the start location; in areas coded orange, biking; red, cars; and blue, public transit.
(Click to enlarge screenshot. Images from the MIT Media Lab You Are Here Project.)

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

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.
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A closer look at Strava’s ‘heat map’ for the Portland region

by on April 30th, 2014 at 10:44 am

The Strava heat map: What secrets does it hold?

A map showing where users of Strava ride has become a web sensation in the past few days. And it’s easy to see why. The Strava Labs Global Heatmap is an amazing visual resource that shows the route of well over 77 million rides. We decided to take a closer look at the map to see what interesting nuggets it revealed about the Portland region.

But before we do that, it’s worth making a huge note of caution about how this map should be interpreted. Keep in mind that — despite many media outlets claiming it shows “where cyclists ride” — it actually only shows where people who use Strava ride. Because of that it captures only a tiny subset of a city’s overall riding activity. The vast majority of everyday riders don’t even know about Strava. It tends to only be used by more serious riders as a training and route-finding aid. That being said, it’s still a lot of data and it’s still pretty neat to ponder…[Read more…]