Planning Better Bike Infrastructure with Wikimaps

Fairfax County, Virginia is taking an innovative approach to crowdsourcing feedback on how to improve bicycle infrastructure around transit stations.

April 16, 2015, 7:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


"Fairfax County wants to know how people bike to the county's transit stations," reports Canaan Merchant. "A new crowdsourced map lets cyclists tell them."

Fairfax County planners are calling on the wisdom of bike commuters to help them improve bike infrastructure around transit stations. According to Merchant, "[the] Wikimap lets users propose new routes, as well as point out and describe 'problem locations.' It's a good way for people to talk about barriers and obstacles to biking in Fairfax."

The video below shows how the Wikimap commenting system works.

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