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The Bicycle Route Mapping Wiki Project

Mar 24, 2010 @ 18:08

Biking Toronto member Todd Tyrtle made a map using the map making application. He sent me the maps URL in comments, and I posted it at the Biking Toronto’s “Toronto/GTA Bicycle Route Mapping Wiki“.

So, if you want to add a map to the wiki you can use any map making application as long as it allows you to save your map. Just send me the link and I’ll take it from there.

So far we have proven two mapping applications that allow you to save maps:

  • If you are not a map making type person but have a bicycle route request, I’ll put the question to the route mapping brain trust that’s developing here at Biking Toronto – and we’ll see if we can make one to fit your needs.


    Posted: March 24th, 2010
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    Mapping Wiki getting to the point where we need a List

    Mar 22, 2010 @ 3:32

    The Biking Toronto blog ”Toronto/GTA Bicycle Route Mapping Wiki” got a new indexing feature today.

    The "List of Maps" in Route Mapping Wiki

    The "List of Maps" in Route Mapping Wiki

    The “List of Maps” is broken out by which point on the compass the map starts.

    You can add a map too! Cyclists who want to make their own map:

    * Go to Sport Distance Calculator, make a map of your favourite route… (save is above the map)
    * Then post the URL of the map in Twitter (there’s a button for that), and add #BikeRouteWiki to the end of your Tweet

    I will monitor the Twitter list – when a new map comes in I will take a picture of it to use as thumbnail and publish it in FilterBlogs – with a link back to the original Sport Distance Calculator user generated map. The original map is secured with a pass word and only the creator can make changes to it.

    (If you do change your map – please re-post in the Twitter list – so I’ll be aware of it – changes may effect the search label it gets.)

    All Bicycle Route Mapping Wiki Project maps are posted in Twitter at List: ‘#BikeRouteWiki‘.


    Posted: March 22nd, 2010
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    Bicycle Route Mapping Wiki gets it’s First Contribution!

    Mar 21, 2010 @ 9:17

    Dawn, a Biking Toronto reader,  contributed a map to this blogs sister site, the “Toronto/GTA Bicycle Route Mapping Wiki“. It’s the first outside contribution to the project.

    Thank You Dawn, your a Saint.

    If you make a map but you don’t use Twitter, just leave the maps URL link here in comments – I’ll post it in the Wiki.

    Or, if your not a map making type person, request a route: let me know what you will be doing (Safe Commute, Recreation with the kids, or Fast! and Dangerous!). Just leave a note here in comments and I’ll make a map for you.

    Dawn left me a message in the comments box after she made her map at the  Sport Distance Calculator:

    Dawn’s Bike Route to work
    Created by : Dawn
    Departure city : Toronto
    Direct link to this route :

    Commentary by creator :
    “My current bike route, but would like a less busier one once I get to Yonge.”

    King Street West is Busy! I avoid it if I can.

    Dawn’s map, on the left is fast and direct; mine, on the right is safe, relaxing, but fairly efficient I think. My route is 1.6 km longer but the reduced stress makes it feel shorter. :)

    Each map here in the blog has a link in it that goes to it’s page in the wiki – so just click on the map for a larger view (opens in a new tab/window).


    Posted: March 21st, 2010
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    Park Bike Art in a Bike Lane

    Mar 15, 2010 @ 10:43

    Originally posted as a comment in the group, “Bikelanes & Infrastructure”, topic “Anger as Cars Clog New Simcoe St. Bike Lane“.

    Bikeroo said 7 hours, 22 minutes ago:

    “If it’s ok to park a car in a bike lane it should be ok the park a bike in a “car” lane.”

    I like the idea of taking this further with a little collective non violent direct action. But instead of blocking traffic like they do us, let’s take the high road, and idle some ‘bikes’ in the BIKE LANE on Simcoe St..

    We can’t use the bike lane – so lets turn it into an art project!

    The production would be a collective effort, but I’m thinking of cut-outs made of cardboard, painted in ‘happy’ colours, placed every two metres along the Taxi Stand/Bike Lane in question.

    This is a media project – we’d have PASSIVE picture or video reporters there to record events what will almost certainly happen (if my read of human nature is on).

    Eventually some bright Cabbie is going to figure out that they can just move the obstacle, or push it out of the way with the bumper of their cab – better yet – a police officer is tasked to clear it away.

    As our art is being man handled or destroyed we do nothing to interfere – we just record the event! The media we capture will be good copy for established media and worth more to expedite change than a few parking tickets.

    The time we spend creating beautiful replicas with slogans is key I think. This is an ad essentially, from cyclists point of view. The more we can make our art appear non offending and sympathetic the better. The best way I know of making sympathetic art is to have LOTS of different people making it. To this end we organize a art meet-up, cyclists and their families come to a fun painting project to make cut outs of bicycles into colourful inspiring objects.

    We would be using all the tricks of advertising, in reverse: bottom-up instead of elite-down.

    Some examples; a parent carrying a baby in a child seat behind, a child cycling for fun, an elderly couple on a tandem, tourists touring, waving, big smiles, wrap around sun glasses…

    A slogan we could use in a press release could say, to borrow from Bikerooo,..

    “If it’s OK to park a car in a bike lane – it should be OK to…

    Park Bike Art in a Bike Lane.”

    What do you think?

    Posted: March 15th, 2010
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    New Blog at Biking Toronto

    Mar 13, 2010 @ 19:01

    I’ve created a new blog here in Biking Toronto which will house all the maps created in the “Bicycle Route Mapping Wiki Project”.

    The new blog is titled, “Toronto/GTA Bicycle Route Mapping Wiki“.

    There, all the maps created by members of the wiki will be listed as large thumbnails.

    The maps will be indexed with the blogs “Word Cloud”. So if you want a map that gets your from your home in say East York to your work, say at College Park – you’d click on ‘College Park’ in the Word Cloud, that will take you to a page of thumbnails in the blog tagged with ‘College Park’ – scroll down through the maps to see if there’s one that starts near your home.

    We’ll see how this develops as we add maps; perhaps other indexing will be necessary…

    Michael Holloway

    Posted: March 13th, 2010
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