Regional bike, walking map released

May 27, 2011
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A comprehensive map and guide to biking and walking in the Greater Boston region was released earlier this month by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC).

The map and accompanying online tool show bike lanes; shared lanes; paved and unpaved bike paths; walking paths; and local and regional trails. Both existing trails and future planned facilities are shown. It includes JP’s recent bike lanes.

“For the first time ever, Boston-region residents who are interested in cycling to work, walking to school, or just finding some recreation spaces to have fun in can locate all that information in one source,” said David Loutzenheiser, transportation planner at MAPC.

“I think it’s really good to have a map that shows where our facilities are in order to check our progress on the citywide network. Hopefully, it’ll generate some competition between different neighboring cities and Boston” for improved bike amenities, said Pete Stidman, head of the Boston Cyclists Union.

Jeremy Hanson from JP-based Bikes Not Bombs said the organization doesn’t carry the maps yet.

“We’d love to have them, but we haven’t made any specific arrangements,” he said. “It’s great, specially the online tool. It allows for cyclist to give feedback.”

“It’s a great tool for people who are just getting into cycling to find the infrastructure for them to ride more safely,” Hanson said.

The online map tool is available at trailmap.mapc.org. The print map is also available for download through that site.

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