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Old 09-15-11, 07:38 PM
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Louisiana Bicycle Map

Last weekend, I drove across Louisiana on I-20, and stopped at the tourist information place on the way. Perusing the brochures, I ran across the Louisiana Bicycle Map. Pretty cool that it exists.

What it is, is the standard state roadmap with roads color coded to show suitability for bicycle, so green = low traffic roads, red = high traffic, etc. How useful? I haven't figured that out, or accuracy. But it's really cool that such a thing even exists. It's a regular big fold-out map.

I see some online versions here, about halfway down beside the outline of the state: (The paper one has the whole state on the map, and I'm not sure if these online versions have any additional detail or not.)
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That is pretty cool...... I wonder if any other states have them? Florida? Me thinks I'll have to look around some.
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As a "local" in the Greater New Orleans area, I ran across these a while back. For general purpose planning for out of staters, they are okay, about a 7 or 8 on a scale of 10 imho. On the plus side, they are 90% accurate on traffic loads that they do show. On the negative/shortcomings side, they do not show enough backroads/Parish(county) roads to really get off the beaten path in the area between Baton Rouge and New Orleans and 20 miles north of the Lake Ponchatrain Causeway/I-12 area.

Specifically, the Mississippi River Trail route is poorly represented/detailed on these maps between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. For instance, you can't tell from the GNO area map that you can cross the Bonne Carre Spillway near the river rather than taking Airline Hwy/Hwy 61 which is correctly shown as a high traffic road. For detailed planning, this is an unfortunate but real consideration as the Hwy 61 "bridge" across the Spillway can be quite harrowing for some people, especially those not comfortable with taking the lane.

Another omission is the lack of acknowledgement of the Tammany Trace Trail in the Northshore area of Lake Ponchatrain. Admittedly this is a very short route (~30 miles at most I think), but it is the 2nd most significant MUP/bke path in the GNO area.

It's a good start, but I hope the State government improves on it over time.
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