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Map feature request

2005-04-13 15:05:22.024905+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Brad has a request to the online mapmakers: how about walking directions? I'd like to know the bikeability of roads.

[ related topics: Maps and Mapping Bicycling ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2005-04-13 18:49:18.089736+00 by: ebradway

Ha! The map data that is so gratuitously over used by the likes of Rand McNally and MapQuest come from state databases of roads used primarily for inventory, maintenance, and planning. Seeing how it is rare if a governments at any level, federal, state or local, acknowledges that people might POSSIBLY want to move around in any fashion other than by gas-guzzling personal automobile. If they have any kind of database of sidewalks and bikeroutes, it's generally planned for removal.

Actually, most large counties do have sidewalk and bike route databases and the same kind of routing logic can be applied. Someone just needs to do the aggregation.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-04-13 19:30:37.720878+00 by: Diane Reese

And let me add a different "Ha!" I notice the topic assignment routine went a bit overboard and assigned "Rocky Horror Picture Show" to this thread, I assume because of the reference to "Brad". Gotta love those little unexpected mental "huh?"s thrown in our path each day...

#Comment Re: made: 2005-04-13 20:20:31.826009+00 by: Dan Lyke

Diane: Giggle. Didn't notice that, and I'm the one who's always getting uppity about folks not fixing their topics. Speaking of which, maybe it's time to spend a few moments putting in the additional intelligence into those routines that I've been thinking about for years now.

Eric: I don't know what form it's in, but San Francisco[Wiki] has some kickass bike route information that'd be neat to see on those maps. Unfortunately, in the specific case of Juneau, Alaska[Wiki] that started my recent search, that data doesn't seem to be anywhere digital.