Local cyclists rejoice! Riders in our city now have access to an impressive suite of interactive maps for route planning.
The result of much hard work by Bike Ottawa volunteers, the new tools include maps which show the levels of traffic stress throughout Ottawa, a trip planner that takes into consideration your personal comfort level for high traffic streets, and a map which shows just how far you can bike in a given amount of time starting from any point in the city.
Not only are these maps going to be great references for your day-to-day cycling, these new resources will be a useful advocacy tool for Bike Ottawa, whose annual Report on Cycling makes several key recommendations to continue improving cycling in Ottawa.
Check the maps below and let us know what you think in the comments section!
A cycling “stress map” shows the level of traffic stress for every road in the city. Originally developed by researchers at the San José State University, Bicycle Level of Traffic Stress (LTS) is a measurement used to assess the comfort and connectivity of bicycle networks. LTS takes into account roadway design, traffic volumes, motor vehicle speeds, and many other inputs to determine the comfort and safety of any given route.
Using routing app, you can choose your acceptable level of traffic stress for the ride you’re planning. Many commuter cyclists I know—myself included—are willing to travel out of their way to avoid routes such as the Laurier Avenue bike lanes, where there is a dangerous proximity to motor vehicle parking, persistent blockage of the bikeway by motor vehicles, and high traffic volumes at rush hour. Bike Ottawa’s routing app will find the best route, taking into consideration your personal tolerance for traffic stress to select a comfortable route that does not involve an unreasonable amount of detours.
Drop the marker on any point in the city to see how far you can ride within 15 minutes. Adjust the settings to detail the kind of routes you’re comfortable with—like if you’re travelling with children or, on the other hand, riding solo and don’t mind high stress routes during rush hour.
Using open data from the City of Ottawa, this map shows every reported collision involving pedestrians, cyclists and drivers between 2014–2016.
Visit maps.bikeottawa.ca to discover the full suite of interactive maps.
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