Tuesday, July 20, 2010

OKI releases new, updated bicycle map for Northern Kentucky

The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) has released its 2010 Northern Kentucky Bike Route Guide (PDF), the first update to its bike map since 2002.

OKI Senior Planner and Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator Don Burrell and a volunteer group of area cyclists reviewed existing maps and newly-constructed lanes, evaluating the suitability of roads that could serve as useful biking connectors. The new map also details where bicycle infrastructure, parks, stores, and significant hills are located.

The previously individual maps for Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties have been consolidated, making inter-county routes easier to follow.

"The new map provides bicyclists with a powerful new tool to help them maneuver their way through northern Kentucky’s street network," Burrell said in a media release. "We had an experienced group working on this and the input from these cycling enthusiasts was essential in compiling a comprehensive but easy to use guide."

Guides are free of charge and are available at the OKI offices at 720 E Pete Rose Way, at Northern Kentucky bike shops, or online.

"Bicycling is a healthy transportation alternative and this new bike map will help people navigate their environmentally-friendly journeys," said OKI Board President and Campbell County Judge Executive Steve Pendery. "This new map will make it easier to leave the four wheels parked and conduct daily activities through the power of the pedal."

A new bike route guide for the City of Cincinnati (PDF) was released in May 2009, and an interactive map went online in July 2009.

Previous reading on BC:
Cincinnati adopts new bicycle plan (6/23/10)
New parking facilities required to provide bicycle parking (5/24/10)
Metro, TANK to offer free rides on Bike to Work Day (5/11/10)
Bike Month begins, hopes to change local bicycle culture (5/3/10)
Interactive OKI bike route guide now online (6/15/09)