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Originally Posted by backontheroad
The State Of Minnesota has released the first draft of the new Minnesota Bicycle Map. Check it out online at: www.mndot.gov/bike/maps/
Also there is a short survey to give feedback about the map.
There are quite a few errors in the map regarding traffic density, shoulders, etc.
I now have learned that this map is a "mockup" to show design choices, which explains the prevalence of those errors.
With respect to design, there are some areas for improvement. Here are the biggest ones:
There are only two classes of road, "lighter traffic" and "heavier traffic", with no indication of the dividing line. This is near useless, especially if the cutoff is an AADT of, say, 3500. There's a huge difference between a road with an AADT of 500 and one with 3500. Note: most bike maps of this sort have at least 3 gradations for traffic density, some have 5.
The map doesn't differentiate between paved and unpaved roads (this is information that's already on the standard MN highway map).
Last edited by OldZephyr; 09-11-12 at 06:16 PM.
Reason: learned that draft is a design mockup