Friday, September 5, 2008

Bicycle trip planning application

At the April 28, 2008 Fairfax County Board of Supervisor's meeting (pdf), Chairman Connolly directed staff to create:
  • An online cycling route finder to be located on the County's website under both the "Environment" and "Transportation" subject headings.
  • A route finder that allows users to either include or exclude on road routes that do not have bike lanes, if technically feasible.
As far as we know, little has been done to accomplish this task.

We did find some worthy examples. Ride the City is a bicycle route finding application for New York City that is simple and intuitive. Click on a map for the start and end locations and whether you want the safest route, a safe route, or the most direct route. The route is color-coded by facility type. You can then rate the route that is shown. Very nice.

Thanks to Adventure Cycling Bike Bits we just learned about another bike routing application in Atlanta, GA. The A-TRAIN trip planner includes options for trips by bicycle, walking, walk to transit, and bike to transit. You can adjust the route for terrain and facility type.

Before such a system will work well in Fairfax, we need better bike routes, which is the primary goal of FABB.

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