Milwaukee Bike Map: Could this be the final draft?

OK you GIS gurus and nit-picky, detail oriented bike route experts, this may be your last kick at the cat.  Take a look at the updated north and south sides of the 2011 bike map.  I want to try to get this map printed in a week or so. 

Click on the image to open a high res PDF of the north side of the 2011 map.

Click on the image to open a high res PDF of the south side of the 2011 map.


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Cyclechic advocate from Milwaukee
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20 Responses to Milwaukee Bike Map: Could this be the final draft?

  1. Sonia says:

    Hey Dave,

    I was just looking at this for the first time this afternoon, so sorry if my comment is kind of late.

    I do have a comment regarding colors: My preference is to show one color for all the bicycle accommodations, if possible. You could color both the Oak Leaf Trail and the Hank Aaron Trail the same color, and simply label them on the map just like you label streets and rivers.

    For inspiration on how to stick with one color, see the City of Madison Bicycle Map:

  2. Gary says:

    I’m getting two north maps.

    • Gary says:

      I’m pondering the Hank Aaron trail. Maybe somehow indicate that you can’t hop on the trail at say 84th St since there is a bridge. Maybe thin black lines on either side of the trail or road to indicate that you are either on or under a bridge. Your call.

      It’s similar on the oakleaf trail at Capitol Dr as well, unless they have changed things with construction (though you can slip on behind Culver’s).

    • daveschlabowske says:


  3. Gary says:

    In the bike shop listing you have Adventure Bicycle and Kiteboarding at N 10st instead of N 101st St and you have Truly Spoken Cycle instead of Truly Spoken Cycles (as shown on their website).

  4. adventure! says:

    Out of curiosity, what kind of paper are the maps going to printed on? Will it be the tear and water resistant type?

  5. Larry says:

    RE print stock: I’d like something that sheds chain grease and would hold up indefinitely as a tire boot. Also, it would be nice if it could serve as a storm-shelter/tarp without UV fading. I think gossamer Tyvek, reinforced with Kevlar and spider-silk would be the way to go. Minimum size would be 8′ by 8′ unfolded, regular map size when folded.

    • daveschlabowske says:

      Unfortunately the cost of tyvek, Polyart and similar papers is extremely high and way outside our budget. It would take a private venture printing the map and selling it to make that work. We like having the ability to give maps away for free to libraries, schools, tourists, etc. Still, if someone wanted to front the printing, we would consider handing over the files.

      • adventure! says:

        Yeah, I figured the heavier-dutier paper might be outside the realm. Though having a tear/water resistant version for sale and a regular version paper for free might be worth thinking about at some point. That’s how they do it in Portland (yeah, yeah.)

    • adventure! says:

      Ooh, I like that idea!
      Just think of the market: bike maps that can serve as shelter! Let’s see if Adventure Cycling wants to get on board.

  6. Mark says:

    I’m sure I’m too late, but I noticed that the Alpha trails are not on the map version that I am looking at.

    • daveschlabowske says:

      I don’t have a gis file for most of the mtb trails. I don’t have a mobile GPS unit and nobody from the local mtb crew could get me the tracks. Hopefully next edition I will get a complete mtb file and put them on the map, sorry about that.

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