About

At BikeMaps we love biking as much as we love maps! Our goal is to map your cycling experience to make biking safer. You know your local cycling trouble spots and we want you to map them. Your knowledge of cycling safety, hazards, and even bike thefts will be analyzed using GIS and statistics to identify hot spots of cycling safety, risk, and crime. We are constantly updating our maps and technology, so send us feedback. And stay tuned for updated safety maps generated from YOUR biking experience.

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Do you have questions, comments, or feedback about bikemaps.org? We would love to hear from you!

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FAQ

Why are you collecting this information?
Only ~30% of bike collision data are collected and there is no centralized reporting system. BikeMaps.org is a unique tool that let's citizens build a database by mapping their riding experience.

What will you do with the data?
The BikeMaps.org team will analyze data to determine factors that influence cycling safety. We also have plans to build tools to help people plan safer routes and to transfer these to planners in your area.

How can citizens and municipalities monitor areas of interest to them?
By registering and logging in you will be able to trace a riding or management region of interest using the tool. Each time you login you will be alerted to recent mapping in your region by the tool.

I clicked submit, but noticed that my pin isn't in the right location. How can I fix it?
Email us at info@bikemaps.org with details about the time and location of your report and we will move it.

Where do you get the rider volume data?
The data on where cyclists are riding has been provided by Strava.

Isn’t Strava data only where recreational cyclists are riding?
Strava labs estimates that 40% of its rider data are commuter traffic, though this likely varies by region.

Do you have an App?
Yes! We have both an iOS app and an Android app.

Do you have a video tutorial?
Yes! Here’s a link to a video that one of our followers made.

How can I get involved?
You can share the website on social media, host a mapping demo night, or volunteer to do GIS or development. If you own a bike store or small business, you can advertise BikeMaps.org. We are also on the lookout for more research funding to further develop the technology and expand the study. Or, perhaps your group has GIS data that may improve BikeMaps.org.

Publications

Check out our published work for a more in depth description of our project

Partners

Sponsors

Supporters

Team

Dr. Trisalyn Nelson

Founder of BikeMaps.org

Trisalyn Nelson

Trisalyn founded BikeMaps.org while heading the Spatial Pattern Analysis and Research (SPAR) Lab in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria. Now, at Arizona State University, she is the Director of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. As a mom and an avid cyclist, Trisalyn sees BikeMaps.org contributing to even safer cycling conditions, which will ultimately lead to more people biking.

Dr. Meghan Winters

Metro Vancouver Research Lead

Meghan Winters

Health and cycling expert, Dr. Meghan Winters, is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. She works with the Cycling in Cities team and has research projects on public bikeshare, cycling safety, and how changes in the built environment affect the health and mobility of older adults and youth. Meghan heads the BikeMaps.org research for Metro Vancouver.

Karen Laberee, MSc.

Executive Director

Karen Laberee

Karen has been part of the BikeMaps.org team since the project began in 2014. She has managed many aspects of the project and has been heavily involved in community outreach and engagement. Prior to the creation of BikeMaps.org, Karen worked at SPAR Lab on a wide variety of research projects. In her personal life, Karen has gained considerable experience volunteering on numerous boards that support amateur sports or community initiatives. In addition to being mom to a bike-crazy family, Karen can be found running the trails around Victoria.

Dr. Colin Ferster

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Dr. Colin Ferster

Colin uses traditional and emerging geographic data to better understand people and their environments. A long-time city and mountain biker, Colin is happy to be part of the BikeMaps.org team as a developer and researcher because it combines his favorite things: maps, apps, people, and bikes!

Dr. Rebecca Sanders

Assistant Research Professor

Rebecca Sanders

Rebecca is a recognized cycling safety expert. Her research found that near misses significantly impact perceived safety while cycling, underscoring the need to collect and better understand this data. As a multi-modal traveler and the mother of two burgeoning cyclists, she cares deeply about improving cycling safety to enable society to reap the health, mobility, and environmental benefits that a safe and complete bicycling network can bring.

Dr. Vanessa Brum-Bastos

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Vanessa Brum-Bastos

Vanessa is a postdoctoral research associate in the Spatial Analysis Research Center at Arizona State University. She uses her background in geography and remote sensing to develop innovative methods for movement analytics. She is interested in the effects of environmental and sociodemographic factors on active transportation. She is currently working on understanding the effects of weather and pollution on bicycling. An enthusiast of bicycling commuting, Vanessa is thrilled to be part of the team because she believes that BikeMaps.org can help make active transportation safer and even more fun for everyone!

Moreno Zanotto, MSc.

Communication and Outreach, Metro Vancouver

Moreno Zanotto

Moreno joined the BikeMaps team in Fall of 2015. He is based in Vancouver and helps coordinate BikeMaps.org promotion and community outreach efforts in the region. A graduate of SFU’s Faculty of Health Sciences, Moreno completed his thesis research on the impending Vancouver public bike share system. Moreno views cycling as a solution to many health, social, and environmental problems, and as the centrepiece of a more sustainable, egalitarian, and inclusive society.

Jaimy Fischer

Research Assistant

Jaimy Fischer

Jaimy joined the BikeMaps team in 2016. She is currently pursuing her MSc with Dr. Meghan Winters at Simon Fraser University. As part of her work, Jaimy will be looking at the link between investment in All Ages and Abilities (AAA) bicycle infrastructure and ridership and safety outcomes. Her work is part of the larger Impacts of Bicycle Infrastructure in Mid-Sized Cities project, and through it she’ll be advancing skills in predictive modelling and spatial analysis approaches to model bicycling exposure and safety.

Michael Branion-Calles, MSc.

PhD. Student

Michael Branion-Calles

Michael is a recent SPAR Lab graduate and currently a PhD student at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. As a part of his PhD, Michael will be using data collected on BikeMaps.org to investigate the link between active transport, health and safety. Michael is looking forward to leveraging the power of crowd-sourced data in order to better understand cycling safety.

Avipsa Roy

PhD Student

Avipsa Roy

Avipsa is a recent graduate student and currently pursuing her PhD with Dr. Trisalyn Nelson at the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. As a part of her PhD, Avipsa will be using data collected on BikeMaps.org to investigate the link between active transport, health and safety in integration with Strava Metro data. Avipsa is interested to better understand cycling exposure and risk by means of latest data analytics and predictive modeling approaches using Python.

Syera Torain

ASU BikeMaps Promoter

Syera Torain

Syera Torain is a current undergraduate student at Arizona State University (ASU) pursuing a degree in Urban Planning, with a minor in Mandarin Chinese and a certificate in geographical information systems. After graduation, she will move on to graduate school as a part of the accelerated masters program for urban planning with a focus in transportation. She is interested in traveling to transit-friendly cities abroad to research the relationship between public transportation utilization and the urban landscape. For BikeMaps, she focuses on promotion and marketing to raise awareness of BikeMaps for ASU students and Tempe residents. Through participating in public events, distributing promotional materials, and posting on social media, she hopes to excite the community about working together to make biking safer! In her spare time, Syera tries to stay as active as possible, spending ample time walking outdoors, exercising, and at learning choreography with the on-campus Korean Pop dance club.

Dr. Ward Vanlaar, Ph.D.

TIRF - Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Ward Vanlaar

Ward Vanlaar is the Vice President Research of the Traffic Injury Research Foundation. Ward serves as the lead of the BikeMaps.org research efforts made possible through funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada. Ward specializes in complex evaluation designs and statistical analysis. He believes in 'living healthy by design' and wants to contribute to this goal by making safe cycling more widely available through initiatives like BikeMaps.org.

Dr. Heather Woods-Fry

TIRF - Research Associate

Dr. Heather Woods-Fry

Dr. Heather Woods-Fry is a Research Associate with the Traffic Injury Research Foundation. Heather serves as a coordinator for the collection of qualitative BikeMaps.org data, and is responsible for analyzing the qualitative data as part of the evaluation of the BikeMaps.org Public Health Agency of Canada research project. Heather believes in living a balanced and active lifestyle, and feels that the accessibility of tools such as BikeMaps.org is essential to promote safe cycling for all Canadians.

Dr. Marisela Mainegra Hing

TIRF - Research Scientist

Dr. Marisela Mainegra Hing

Dr. Marisela Mainegra Hing is a research scientist with the Traffic Injury Research Foundation and she is involved in the outreach, data collection and data analysis aspects of the BikeMaps.org Public Health Agency of Canada research project. She is happy to be contributing to BikeMaps.org as a means to make cycling safer and more accessible for all Canadians.

Ms. Robyn Robertson, M.C.A

TIRF - President & CEO

Robyn Robertson

Robyn Robertson is the President & CEO of the Traffic Injury Research Foundation. She is the author of TIRF's knowledge translation model, and spends much of her time working with practitioners and the public to incorporate research findings in operational practices across transportation, criminal justice and health systems. She wants to contribute to the usability of BikeMaps.org data to inform decision-making at all levels to keep cyclists safe.

Darren Boss, MSc.

Developer

Karen Laberee

Darren completed his MSc in the SPAR lab in 2017. He continues his involvement with BikeMaps maintaining the website and mobile apps. When not coding away, Darren enjoys mountain biking, skiing and hiking.

Ben Jestico, MSc.

Alumni

Ben Jestico

Ben was BikeMaps.org’s first graduate student and was instrumental in the successful outreach in the early days of BikeMaps.org. For his MSc research, Ben compared ridership data collected manually to those using crowdsourced apps such as Strava (http://bit.ly/2af2Cpc). Ben’s research also used data collected on BikeMaps.org to study incidents at multiuse trail and road intersections.

Taylor Denouden, BSc.

Alumni, Developer

Taylor Denouden

A graduate of the Geomatics program at the University of Victoria, Taylor is the developer behind the BikeMaps website. Taylor worked at the Hakai Institute in Victoria, and he is currently pursuing graduate studies at the University of Waterloo.

Conner Leverett

Alumni

Conner Leverett

Conner completed his BSc. in Geomatics at the University of Victoria. He enjoys programming, cartography, and understanding spatial and aspatial relationships. Conner enjoys surfing and camping. Conner is now working at Lattitude Geographics.

Dr. Calvin Thigpen

Alumni

Calvin Thigpen

After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Arizona State University, Calvin joined Lime as a Policy Research Manager in 2018.