CDOT Puts Local Officials in the Driver's Seat for Bike Map

With snow coming down outside, you won't see a lot of bike commuters today. But the pro-bike movement continues to roll along. And bicyclists throughout the state will soon be able to find specific details about bike paths and bike-friendly road information from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Through the CDOT website, local government officials will be able to serve as trail editors, adding to an already existing map of bike-path information around the state. As construction changes the lay of the bike land, bicyclists will be able to get details much faster. See also: Reverend Phil Discusses Bicycle Erotica and Watching Porn in Public

Before this editing option was added, anyone looking for bike-path information could look up state routes that offered such information as the width of road shoulders, the amount of traffic volume, as well as tips on lodging, bike shops and where to get food.

If you are a local government official, it's fairly easy to become a Trail Editor: On the CDOT website, follow the Trail Editor link to request the power to edit the state map. Once the request is approved, Trial Editors can upload their GIS files with all their local information: bike routes, trails, and lanes.

Currently, different colors and patterns that criss=-cross the map indicate high, medium or low traffic through different colors. Black and yellow sections warn bikers where they are prohibited from biking, but a subtle dot pattern indicates the most scenic routes across Colorado.

Betsy Jacobson is CDOT's bicycle/pedestrian and byways manager. She says the upgrade will add a whole new dimension to the existing map, and will improve transportation. "Providing localized riding information is another way for us to enhance two-wheel travel throughout the state," Jacobsen explains.

Find the map at http://dtdapps.coloradodot.info/bike#home. Have a tip? Send it to editorial@westword.com.

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