new online montreal bike-path map
There's a new bike map in town, pardners, pedalmontreal.ca. It shows bike paths and bixi stations in a google-maps sourced map engine.
Research reveals that the map is just as out of date as the other online maps available to Montreal citizens. Missing is the entire cote-ste-catherine bike path, and the rachel bike path is shown in its outdated missing-link version. All 533 km of Montreal bike path are not on this map!
Topping off our list of complaints is the fact that the map-window is petit, and that's not a good thing in a map.
We encourage the developer to update the map with this year bike path improvements.
Hmm, on the plus side, it is kind of fun to see montreal bike maps combined with google maps. The website is bilingual, and different bike path types are color-coded.
What we would change: identify the direction of the bike path, some are one-way only. And we'd let the map occupy the full screen, please! And don't forget to get the information up-to-date, this is really important.
Conclusion: the data is so last year, but other wise an interesting new addition to answer the question "where is the closest bike path?" We can reveal that this blog gets the most hits from google searches for "montreal bike path." If the developer keeps it up to date it will be a good place to answer that search question.
Adding the Bixi Stations on the map is a good thing - other map makers take note!