Metro’s Bicycle Planning has collected bikeway information from L.A. County and 88 surrounding cities – this info received standardized formatting and was used to update the Metro Bike Map in Summer 2012.
Metro Bike Map
The updated Metro Bike Map is a collaborative effort between Metro’s Bicycle Program, Communications and ITS departments, and local jurisdictions across the county. In addition to providing updated information on new Bike Paths (Class I), Bike Lanes (Class II) and Bike Routes (Class III) since 2006, the new map contains several new features including:
- topographical relief
- insets that provide additional geographical coverage and enlarged views of certain key areas
- a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) rating certifying that the map was produced using sustainable practices
Additionally, the bikeway database has been indexed and revised, allowing for future updates to be produced more efficiently. The map will continue to be updated every 2 – 3 years.
Bike Data Grouping
Bikeways spatial data is being released in the KML format to allow the greatest number of users to review and utilize. Shapefile versions may be released at a later date.
The 3 KML files each contain a group of Bikeways information, they are:
- Bike Paths (Class 1): Separated, off-street, paved bike paths.
- Bike Lanes (Class 2): On-street striped bike lanes.
- Bike Routes (Class 3): On-street bicycle routes marked with signage only or bicycle friendly streets.
- Cycle Tracks: On-street separated bikeways.
Bike segments describe portions of a corridor bikeway. For instance, a bike segment built in 2006 can be grouped with a connecting segment built in 2010, which can be grouped with a connecting segment built in an adjoining city in 2010. We have made an initial effort in the 2012 bikeway data to group bike segments into corridor bikeways if they are on the same street and of the same class, and further refinements will be made in future updates.
Comments & Suggestions
We welcome your comments and suggestions on the bikeways data. You can leave a comment on any of the Bikeways pages(you have to join the website) or use the online form to send detailed comments and suggestions.