As the warmer weather and sunshine are finally settling in, many of us will be delighted to sweep the dust off our bicycles and hit the bike trails. For many across the United States, the rise in temperatures means bicycling will take over as their primary mode of transportation. In response to an increase in distracted driving and harmful emissions, Portland, OR is promoting pollution-free transportation by making biking the City for its 600,000+ residents easier and safer with GIS mapping.
With the entire city’s bikeways mapped, leisurely bikers, commuters, and exercisers alike can feel peace of mind knowing they are taking the best (and safest) route to their destination. Portland’s in-depth map goes beyond the norm, with layers for established bikeways, dedicated bike lanes, bike-friendly streets, and local trails. Additionally, the map allows bikers to see which areas to exercise caution while biking as well as where there are “helpful connections” between streets and paths.
With the help of maps like Portland’s, we can continue to look forward to cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions while staying healthy and safe.