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.
Do you have questions, comments, or feedback about bikemaps.org? We would love to hear from you!
Get the new Bikemaps toolkit with a variety of Bikemaps Factsheets
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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.
Trisalyn is the founder of BikeMaps.org. She is a geography professor at University California Santa Barbara and the Jack and Laura Dangermond Chair of Geography. She is also adjunct faculty at the University of Victoria. As a mom, avid cyclist, and data scientist, Trisalyn's vision for BikeMaps.org is to make bicycling more accessible to more people by improving data for decision making.
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 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.
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!
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.
Darren completed his MSc in the SPAR lab in 2017. He continues his involvement with BikeMaps and MobilityAccess.org, maintaining the websites and mobile apps. When not coding away, Darren enjoys mountain biking, skiing and hiking.
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.
Daniel Fuller is a Canada Research Chair in Population Physical Activity in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at Memorial University. His research is focused on using wearable technologies to study physical activity, transportation interventions, and equity in urban spaces. Dan has an MSc in Kinesiology from the University of Saskatchewan, a PhD in Public Health from Université de Montréal. Dan is the Principal Investigator on the INTERACT team and Neighbourhood Factors Team co-lead of the Canadian Urban Environmental Health (CANUE) Research Consortium. He spends free time chasing his two rambunctious kids, and relives his youth playing recreational basketball on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Michael is currently a Post Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. As a part of his PhD, Michael used 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 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.
Jonathan is a Masters Student at Memorial University of Newfoundland in the Walkabilly Lab, sharing the mission of a physically active Canadian Population. Having been on wheels since his earliest ages, he is passionate about cycling culture, safety and efficacy. Being a part of BikeMaps provides a unique research opportunity to improve bike culture and help more people ride bikes (safely) than ever before.
Jeneva has an M.Sc. in Urban Analytics from the University of Glasgow, and a Bachelor of Arts and Science from Quest University Canada. Her past research has focused on a range of topics related to active transportation: including the optimization of distance-based transit fares and a user-based incentive approach to rebalancing station-based bike-sharing systems. Jeneva is a former Canadian National Wushu (Chinese martials arts) Team member and enjoys spending time doing anything active.
Ayan is an Assistant Research Professional at ASU. He specializes in developing and programming enterprise geographic information system (GIS) applications. Ayan's background includes extensive experience with programming GIS software such as ArcGIS Server, Arc Objects, Geo Server and SDE/SQL Server. Ayan also has significant experience integrating location-based software with existing business applications, web frameworks and content management systems. His current research interests lie in working with new web GIS frameworks and creating large-scale data driven projects using enterprise database systems.
Sandeep is passionate about interactive web maps and data visualizations. Having used GIS for years in a range of industries, he now works as a GIS programmer at Geospatial Research & Solutions at ASU. He enjoys exploring the colorful Sonoran landscapes around Phoenix in his free time.
Zahin is a student at the Memorial University of Newfoundland pursuing his BSc in Computer Science. His work at Bike Maps involves development and maintenance of the website. Zahin enjoys biking and playing soccer whenever not in front of his keyboard.
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.
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.