Bicycle Suitability Map
May 1, 2003—The Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council (SMTC) announced today the availability of the newly published Bicycle Suitability Map, a product that will assist the general
public (primarily bicycle commuters) in determining which roads are currently the most suitable for bicycle travel In addition to rating streets (throughout Onondaga County, including the City of Syracuse) as being "Excellent, Good, Average, Fair, Poor" for commuter bicycling, the map includes various educational and safety related panels pertaining to bicycle
and pedestrian travel, and the rules of the road. The Greater Syracuse Metropolitan Area Bike Map is FREE to the public. The map was designed by the SMTC staff and study advisory committee representatives of the SMTC Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. In addition, many local citizens and organizations, including the Onondaga Cycling Club, and the
Syracuse-Onondaga Cycling Coalition, participated in the development of the Bike Map by rating selected road segments based on their suitability for individuals traveling by bicycle.
Currently available Bicycle Suitability Map downloads: (These links open in a new window.)
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Rear face (full map)
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Syracuse University inset
Onondaga County inset
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Various geographic sections of Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse (one example shown above) have been rated by volunteer cyclists based on the road segment’s suitability for bicycle commuting.
July 1, 2002—The SMTC continues to work on the Bicycle Suitability Map for Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse as part of its two-year Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. SMTC staff has input information gathered by volunteer cyclists into a database, which has been linked to the SMTC’s GIS mapping system. Throughout the
upcoming summer months, the SMTC will be reviewing the maps to ensure quality control of the road segments rated.
The Bicycle Suitability Map will rate certain streets on the existing road network as being ‘good’, ‘fair’, ‘poor’, etc. for cycling. This process will not result in the designation of particular bicycle routes, but will enable the general public to determine which roads are currently the most suitable for bicycle travel. In addition to the road ratings,
the map will include various safety panels, highlighting the various rules and regulations associated with bicycle and pedestrian travel. The SMTC is currently in the process of contracting with a professional publication company to produce the map, which will be free to the general public. The SMTC anticipates the map will be ready for distribution in September 2002.
April 1, 2002—A map portraying the conditions/suitability of the existing transportation network for bicycle and pedestrian utility in Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse is currently being produced
as part of this project. Utilizing Geographic Information System (GIS), the SMTC is preparing a countywide, city inclusive map of the existing conditions and/or suitability of the bicycle and pedestrian transportation system, including bikeways, designated paths, multi-use trails, recreational trails and any other bicycle and pedestrian related paths and/or trails.
Selection of such trails/routes for inclusion in the map was determined by reviewing Federal-Aid eligible roads, routes from previously completed studies, and adding any other logical and/or relevant routes.
Since August 2001, the SMTC has been receiving help from citizen volunteers in rating selected road segments based on their suitability for individuals traveling by bicycle, primarily commuter cyclists. Volunteer cyclists have been collecting both
quantitative and qualitative data, such as posted speed limits; if shoulder stripes exist on the stretch of road being rated; if available space is favorable for riding; if sewer/drainage grates are present; if steep hills are present; the cyclists' general level (feeling) of comfort/safety on a given stretch of road; and any other additional comment that the cyclist
feels is worth noting.
Through the data gathering efforts of volunteer cyclists and the information provided by local agencies, the Bicycle Suitability Map will rate the streets on the existing road network as being 'good', 'fair', 'poor', etc. for commuter bicycling. This process will
not result in the designation of particular bicycle routes, but will enable the general public to determine which roads are currently the most suitable for their bicycle travels.
"By looking at the resulting map, we will also be able to determine where the 'holes' exist in the current system and where to focus future efforts," said Danielle Krol, Project Manager of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. "The Bicycle Suitability Map will serve as a first step and starting point towards accomplishing the goal of a more bicycle and
pedestrian friendly environment for our area."
For more information on the SMTC's Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, email Project Manager Danielle Krol (firstname.lastname@example.org).