One of the fastest growing modes of mobility in Chicago is bike transportation. With a bikeshare program launched in spring of 2013, the trend was expected to continue. However, there was still a group of 60% of Chicago residents who were interested in biking but didn’t feel comfortable riding around the city. Their biggest barrier biking was safety concern. Carticulate developed a wayfinding system for cyclists that visualizes ‘bike highways,’ highlighting and connecting the city’s safest routes. BikeMaps from Carticulate is a new approach to navigating by bike.
The BikeMaps from Carticulate’s navigation mobile and web application was planned in partnership with Conveyal. If brought to production, the app would use OpenTripPlanner as the backend http://www.opentripplanner.org
The maps and routing tools are catered to fit the needs of any kind of rider – whether you’re a Greenhorn, Explorer, or Fearless cyclist. BikeMaps feature the safest and most comfortable routes for riders; online tools let you plan your trip and and our app lets you take the information with you. The project was self-initiated and pitched to the Chicago DOT at the time of the Divvy bikeshare rollout.
The routing engine would be built to tailor to a rider’s experience level (Greenhorn, Explorer, or Fearless) and filter routes for other preferences – such as Quickness, Flatness, or Bike-friendliness.
The app would use a custom designed basemap built by Carticulate and Open Street Map. It would also feed in traffic information, bikeshare data, bike parking and other amenities as separate layers.
Print pocket guides by rider experience level were an added value maketing option for Chicago DOT.