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Collaborative mapping for cycling

Collaborative mapping for cycling

Where is the nearest bicycle shop, public bicycle or bicycle parking lot? A collaborative map done by cyclists for cyclists is underway to answer that, also a map that helps citizens and government find the best routes for cycling in downtown. For the next 3 years Rio will spend a lot on roadwork for the Olympics 2016, so it’s the golden hour to map and implement new infrastructure for bicycles.

CicloRio is an online collaborative map, carried by Transporte Ativo, where Rio’s cyclists could add information about 10 different items: cycle paths, cycle lanes, shared streets, shared sidewalks, forbidden streets, public bikes, bicycle parking, air pumps, public showers and bike shops. The project started in 2011 when we put together four different local maps, made by different people. In March 2012 the website, with consolidated data, was launched. At the web site you can see all items or only the ones you want to. The online map is always being updated on the way to be accurate and complete. If someone knows a bicycle parking or something else that is not on the map, just tell us and soon it is going to be there. The map database is also being used in Android and iOS applications for mobile phones and tablets. An official app about city mobility, that will be published by the municipality early March, also use this database for bicycle’s segment.

Besides that, Rio’s City Center is going to be a mess with roadwork for the next three years. So it’s time to introduce the bicycle to ease traffic during the works and eventually to implement a permanent cycle network. Using maps it’s the best way to plan that. At workshops and via internet, urban cyclists, and those wishing to be, could collaborate presenting their actual routes and the desired ones. Bringing all these routes together, among public plans and old projects, we could cover all the used and desired cycle routes at City Center. A final map was delivered to the municipality, which is already interested in implement part of it.

These maps can help and influence urban planning and design, both works use collaborative mapping by volunteers as methodology. The modus operandi is quite simple and cheap and is being compiled in a manual, so anyone can do the same at home location, with tips on how to get in touch with municipality. Workshops to discuss and explain this kind of urban design is also planned for a near future.

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