Mapping Biking Routes
to Downtown Tacoma
    Michael Stoddard
     City of Tacoma
    WAURISA 2009
Bike to Work Week (May 11 – 15)

  Part of National Bike Month
How can we encourage people
who work in downtown Tacoma
      to bike to work?
A map can answer
important questions:
Where are the safest routes
     (to downtown)?
Where are the easy to
moderately difficult routes
    (to downtown)?
Intended audience:
     beginners
Not experienced bicyclists
Might have safety concerns
Not in top shape
Existing maps ...
Do they answer our questions?
Completed Trails
Completed Bike Lanes
Planned Trails
Planned Bike Lanes
Planned Connections
Streets
Completed Trails
Completed Bike Lanes
Completed Trails
Completed Bike Lanes
Completed Trails
Completed Bike Lanes
Completed Trails
Completed Bike Lanes
These maps are great.
They illustrate:
   Where you can bike
   Where you can’t bike
   Where you will be able to bike
But how can I get downtown?
So how can we map
safe routes that aren’t too hard?
Ask the bicyclists
The Tacoma Wheelmen's
      Bicycle Club
Tacoma Wheelmen’s Mission
Founded in 1888, TWBC serves quot;to
promote and develop safe bicycling for
recreation, health a...
How can we capture the knowledge
and experience of the Wheelmen?
a. GPS
b. Drawing on paper maps
   …
…
c.Bikely!
Auto-follow
   road
Export to
            KML


   Add
description
Process
1. Tacoma Wheelmen draw routes in bikely
2. Export routes to KML
3. Convert routes from KML to shapefile
…
Process
…
4. Compose map with shapefiles, print
5. Meet with Wheelmen, mark up map
6. Edit map
7. Meet with Wheelmen, mark...
4. Compose map with shapefiles, print
5. Meet with Wheelmen, mark up map
existing bike
    lanes




                bike routes from
                  the Tacoma
                   Wheelmen
Notes from Jaime Crawford’s
   cartography workshop
When composing a map, you must know:
  The purpose
  The intended audience
  The final format: size, medium
We know the purpose and intended
audience of the Tacoma bike map.

   But what’s the final format?
Paper map of
to-be-determined size
Then it changed to ...
PDF map of
to-be-determined size
on a website to be named
Then it changed to ...
A bandana!
How do I design a map
   for a bandana?
Cartography: labels, colors, features
Cartography: labels, colors, features




Road names only (no suffixes, prefixes, ...)
Cartography: labels, colors, features




                         Font: Arial Narrow
Cartography: labels, colors, features




     Color palette from Portland Bike Map
Cartography: labels, colors, features



                     Bike routes
                     Existing trails
           ...
The final product
The future
Mobility Master Plan
Presentation available on slideshare:
http://www.slideshare.net/mstoddard

          Contact me:
   mstoddard@cityoftacoma...
Mapping Biking Routes to Downtown Tacoma
Mapping Biking Routes to Downtown Tacoma
Mapping Biking Routes to Downtown Tacoma
Mapping Biking Routes to Downtown Tacoma
Mapping Biking Routes to Downtown Tacoma
Mapping Biking Routes to Downtown Tacoma
Mapping Biking Routes to Downtown Tacoma
Mapping Biking Routes to Downtown Tacoma
Mapping Biking Routes to Downtown Tacoma
Mapping Biking Routes to Downtown Tacoma
Mapping Biking Routes to Downtown Tacoma
Mapping Biking Routes to Downtown Tacoma
Mapping Biking Routes to Downtown Tacoma
Mapping Biking Routes to Downtown Tacoma
Mapping Biking Routes to Downtown Tacoma
Mapping Biking Routes to Downtown Tacoma
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Mapping Biking Routes to Downtown Tacoma

  1. 1. Mapping Biking Routes to Downtown Tacoma Michael Stoddard City of Tacoma WAURISA 2009
  2. 2. Bike to Work Week (May 11 – 15) Part of National Bike Month
  3. 3. How can we encourage people who work in downtown Tacoma to bike to work?
  4. 4. A map can answer important questions:
  5. 5. Where are the safest routes (to downtown)?
  6. 6. Where are the easy to moderately difficult routes (to downtown)?
  7. 7. Intended audience: beginners
  8. 8. Not experienced bicyclists Might have safety concerns Not in top shape
  9. 9. Existing maps ... Do they answer our questions?
  10. 10. Completed Trails Completed Bike Lanes Planned Trails Planned Bike Lanes Planned Connections Streets
  11. 11. Completed Trails Completed Bike Lanes
  12. 12. Completed Trails Completed Bike Lanes
  13. 13. Completed Trails Completed Bike Lanes
  14. 14. Completed Trails Completed Bike Lanes
  15. 15. These maps are great. They illustrate: Where you can bike Where you can’t bike Where you will be able to bike
  16. 16. But how can I get downtown?
  17. 17. So how can we map safe routes that aren’t too hard?
  18. 18. Ask the bicyclists
  19. 19. The Tacoma Wheelmen's Bicycle Club
  20. 20. Tacoma Wheelmen’s Mission Founded in 1888, TWBC serves quot;to promote and develop safe bicycling for recreation, health and alternate transportation.quot;
  21. 21. How can we capture the knowledge and experience of the Wheelmen?
  22. 22. a. GPS b. Drawing on paper maps …
  23. 23. … c.Bikely!
  24. 24. Auto-follow road
  25. 25. Export to KML Add description
  26. 26. Process 1. Tacoma Wheelmen draw routes in bikely 2. Export routes to KML 3. Convert routes from KML to shapefile …
  27. 27. Process … 4. Compose map with shapefiles, print 5. Meet with Wheelmen, mark up map 6. Edit map 7. Meet with Wheelmen, mark up map 8. Edit map
  28. 28. 4. Compose map with shapefiles, print 5. Meet with Wheelmen, mark up map
  29. 29. existing bike lanes bike routes from the Tacoma Wheelmen
  30. 30. Notes from Jaime Crawford’s cartography workshop
  31. 31. When composing a map, you must know: The purpose The intended audience The final format: size, medium
  32. 32. We know the purpose and intended audience of the Tacoma bike map. But what’s the final format?
  33. 33. Paper map of to-be-determined size
  34. 34. Then it changed to ...
  35. 35. PDF map of to-be-determined size on a website to be named
  36. 36. Then it changed to ...
  37. 37. A bandana!
  38. 38. How do I design a map for a bandana?
  39. 39. Cartography: labels, colors, features
  40. 40. Cartography: labels, colors, features Road names only (no suffixes, prefixes, ...)
  41. 41. Cartography: labels, colors, features Font: Arial Narrow
  42. 42. Cartography: labels, colors, features Color palette from Portland Bike Map
  43. 43. Cartography: labels, colors, features Bike routes Existing trails Bike lanes/trails ü Æ Park and rides Parks Limit the features displayed on the map
  44. 44. The final product
  45. 45. The future
  46. 46. Mobility Master Plan
  47. 47. Presentation available on slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/mstoddard Contact me: mstoddard@cityoftacoma.org

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