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.

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.

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.

Dr. Colin Ferster, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Dr. Colin Ferster

Colin is a post-doctoral researcher in the SPAR lab. With a background in geography and remote sensing of forests, his main research interests are innovative sources of geographic information and citizen science. He is working on developing BikeMaps.org tools and understanding how people can use BikeMaps.org to improve cycling in our cities. A long-time city and mountain biker, Colin is happy to be part of the BikeMaps.org team because it combines some of his favorite things: maps, apps, people, and bikes!

Jaimy Simmonds

Research Assistant

Jaimy Simmonds

Jaimy is an undergraduate research assistant in SPAR Lab at UVic. Jaimy will be finishing her undergraduate degree this spring and starting an MSc with SPAR in the fall of 2016. When not mountain biking or cycling around Victoria, Jaimy can be found in the rock climbing crags of Vancouver Island and beyond.

Conner Leverett

Research Assistant

Conner Leverett

Conner is working on his Geomatics undergraduate degree at UVic. He is very excited for the opportunity to work in the SPAR Lab and on BikeMaps. He enjoys programming, cartography, and understanding spatial and aspatial relationships. When not in the SPAR lab or doing homework, Conner enjoys surfing and camping.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 now works at the Hakai Institute in Victoria.