MORPC recently released their Bike Users Map for 2010, which only contains a few updates from last year. It provides an overlay of our road system that shows which roads are safer than others for bike commuters and provides a map of trails and bike paths as well.
You can view it here: http://www.morpc.org/bikemaps
MORPC Releases 2010 Bike Users Map
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has released a new version of the Columbus Metro Bike Users Map. The Map depicts bicycling routes throughout Franklin County and parts of surrounding counties based on Bikeway Levels of Service. Bikeway Levels of Service are described as either good, moderate, poor, residential, existing off-road bikeways, bike lane, sharrow, or committed bikeways. The Map provides residents with essential, user-friendly information for safe bicycling in a bustling metropolis.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“With last weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s high number of pedestrian and bicycle crashes involving school children, it is important to remind both motorists and non-motorists on their respective roles and responsibilities,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Kerstin Carr, MORPC Manager for Active Transportation and Safety Programs. Ã¢â‚¬Å“All types of users have a place in our transportation system and we need to make it safe for everyone. This must be done by providing the appropriate infrastructure while increasing safety education and enforcement.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Map was first introduced in May of 2009 and 30,000 copies have since been distributed. The 2010 version includes minor changes as well as helpful safety tips on how to share the road. For instance, bicylists are reminded to drive with traffic and obey the same traffic signs and signals as motorists. At night, bicyclists are required to have white front and red rear lights on the bike to ensure visibility. Bicycles are allowed on all non-freeway roads so motorists should allow at least three feet of space to pass bicyclists.
The Bike User Map was developed through collaboration between MORPC, the City of Columbus, COTA, and Consider Biking.
Bike Users Maps will be available at 30 local bike shops and co-ops in the Central Ohio region. They will also be available soon at your local library and recreation center. The Bike Users Maps can be accessed online at http://www.morpc.org/bikemaps .