New interactive bike path tool expands through state
ST. PAUL – Cyclists planning to ride through the state of Minnesota have a new online tool to help them plan their routes, state Department of Transportation officials announced Monday.
The interactive online map program, called Cyclopath, was first launched in the Twin Cities in 2008 and now has gone statewide, said MnDOT public affairs official Sue Roe.
The program allows bicyclists to select the type of route they prefer, including trails and bike lanes, those with the highest ratings by other cyclists, or those that are the shortest route between two points.
The program is updated when other people enter personal “bikeability” ratings and other information about their travel experiences and road conditions.
Cyclists can edit the map to reflect changes to the bicycle network as soon as they happen.
This shared data improves information for other bicyclists, Roe said.
Cyclopath contains MnDOT’s complete road network and most of its trails.
“As the bicycle network expands, we hope to see good information from the people who use it,” said Tim Mitchell, state bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. “This has the potential to be a great asset to the state.”
Desktop users can find the program at http://cycloplan.cyclopath.org.
Android users can download an app from the website.
MnDOT developed the program with the University of Minnesota and the Metropolitan Council.