Putting North Shore cycling on the map
A local cycling advocacy group is assembling its own bike-friendly roadmap of the North Shore and they’re calling on local two-wheelers to submit their favourite routes and detours.
The North Shore Committee of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition recently won a grant worth $14,026 from outdoor outfitter Mountain Equipment Co-op to create the pocket-sized maps and distribute them for free at local bike shops and community centres.
Map coordinator and North Van pedal-power advocate Antje Wahl told The Outlook Monday that most of the MEC grant money will be used to cover the cost of printing the maps while a smaller portion would pay for the talents of Martin Naroznik, a Vancouver graphic designer.
“It’s going to be a credit card- sized pocket map,” Wahl said, and depending on some additional help from the North Shore municipalities, the group hopes to print between 10,000 to 20,000 copies.
But before all that, the committee wants to hear from North Shore cyclists.
Antje said the map will include all of the paths and roads that are already designated as bike-friendly routes through the three municipalities. But the committee also wants to include some lesser-known routes, detours, short cuts and long cuts that North Shore cyclists may be using but that aren’t necessarily “on-the-map” for casual cyclists yet.
All suggestions for inclusion in the map should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of February.
The North Shore bike map should be on bike shop and community centre counters by May.