If you picked up the latest issue of Dandyhorse, you’d have seen the map I made back in March that figures out biking times between subway stations. They posted about it on their “Dandyblog“ this week, along with an excerpt of a small Q&A I did with them.
Back in 2006, when Biking Toronto started, one of the first things I did was create a Google Map of the city’s bike lanes. At the time, the map only existed in paper and in PDF from the City, and I figured if I wanted a Google Map, other people did too.
Over the last 10 years, the people at the City (all great people) have done the same thing and have a wonderful Google Map of all the different kinds of bike infrastructure in our city.
So, I’ve updated the Toronto Bike Lane Map page to use the official City of Toronto one. You’ll see links to the City on that page too.
It’s a great map. Super for planning out routes if you don’t want to deal with a large paper map.
Check it out. Leave comments on what you wish the map would have below.
Interesting maps about how people get to work in Toronto. The map above is driving, but check out all the maps. Cycling is not common outside the core, which we all know, because it’s the only place with somewhat safe cycling infrastructure.
Like walking, commuting on two wheels in Toronto can be quite a challenge, due to the weather, the vast distances, and the relative lack of bike lanes. Cyclists are similarly concentrated downtown; but unlike walkers, who are most abundant in the corridor between Bathurst and Jarvis, commuting cyclists stretch much further east and west, though not much further north than Bloor Street.
Amazing tool! Played with it a long time. Very telling that when you turn off the street map, high pollution levels still indicate where roads (and especially highways and the airport) are, and where the ravines (without highways) are.
It is essentially a Google Map with an extra layer representing the average concentration of pollutants in a given area, as measured by her team and collaborators. Using this data, algorithms can be constructed to work out not only the shortest route between two points, but also the one that exposes the cyclist to the lowest levels of air pollution.
Hatzopoulou intends to further refine the maps – for example, by incorporating real-time pollution concentrations instead of static data – but lately she has been pondering another question: are such tools actually useful to cyclists?