Earlier this week, we mapped several cities using only their bike lanes, as an exercise in illustrating how hard it is to commute on cycling infrastructure that leads to nowhere, or connects to nothing, or that disappears mid-route. Several of you asked for more maps, and a few of you even made them yourselves. Special props to Jens von Bergmann who made a whole series of them.
So, by popular demand (you request content, and we produce it!), here is a larger collection, including some international cities and some reader contributions — in quiz form. Just to mix things up.
A brief note first about methodology: If you dig into city data on cycling infrastructure, things get complicated pretty quickly. Calgary doesn't just have "bike lanes"; it has "on-street bikeways," "shared lanes," "cycle tracks" and "neighborhood greenways." Portland, Ore., has both bike lanes and "bike boulevards." And a whole lot of cities have "bike routes," which generally refer to recommended roads with no lane markings. So we've made some subjective decisions here, aiming to include actual cycling infrastructure cities have invested in (including off-street paths and painted sharrows), and excluding vague "routes." Nit-pick our methodology or brag about your score below.
Oh, and a free hint up front: None of these maps is New York City, because we couldn't figure out how to parse this.
Let's start nice and easy. What city is this?
Wow this one is almost as bad as Miami. Where do you think it is?
Again: if you were paying attention earlier in the week, this should be a cinch.
Let's take a trip overseas! Which famously bike-friendly European city is this?
Last one! What a relief. Hint: It's on a lake.
This is a tough one. What do you think?
Head North from Seattle and where do you end up?
If you've been doing well on some of our other map quizzes recently, this should be pretty easy too.
If you read our post earlier this week, you'll probably recognize this hilariously fragmented "bike network."
Of all American cities, this is probably the one you'd most expect to have a fully fleshed-out bike network like this.
Back to the States! What West Coast city is this?