NolaCycle is a project aimed to create a high quality cycling map of New Orleans. Cycling maps include information beyond just streets and their names that benefits cyclists. In our map, we highlight the pavement quality, car travel speed, lane width, and special caution areas (busy intersections, man-eating potholes, or high accident areas). Volunteers help to collect this data by attending mapping events.
The information is then digitized to make a map of the data we collected to help cyclists - young, old, local, and tourist alike - navigate New Orleans.

Check out the blog for updates on the project, ways to get involved, and volunteer mapping events!

If you have questions, feel free to make a public comment on the blog entry or e-mail us directly at

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Some idea that came out of the NoleCycle meeting

So in proper New Orleans style, we did a lot more eating, drinking, and goofing around than planning, but there were some good ideas that came out between jokes about Cleveland, crazy neighbor stories, and complaining about some of our top-quality Louisiana politicians. Here's a small sampling:

-We're going to team up with Humid Beings (a new project from Dirty Coast), which seeks to help organization in New Orleans network and will help you stay on top of everything going on in the city. Check out the blog they have set up right now and check back in late August when Michael and Blake get this baby rollin'!
-Tom Macom is going to be running some mapping events during the fall while I'm in Ohio. We're going to put doing any more events in the Uptown area on hold until Loyola and Tulane come back into session. Tom, who's a student at Loyola, will be heading some of these up. If you're a student and would like to get involved with organizing, promoting, or just showing up, we would love it if you e-mailed me so I can get you on the mailing list.
-We're going to do a BIG end of the summer event at City Park! It'll sometime in early September and we'll meet up there, map some of Lakeview, Gentilly, and Mid-City, come back to the park and do a BIG BBQ. More details will come out in a week or so.
-Feel free to volunteer your house as a meet up spot. My roommate's friend may be hosting us when we map the 7th Ward. Feel free to make the same offer. Having access to water, bathrooms, and a/c is always nice.
-If you and your friends want to get together to do your neighborhood and not do a big public promoted thing, I'm down. Let me know and we'll organize it.
-Eira wants us to find Eagle Scouts to do mapping with us ("they're good kids that get things done!") So, you if you know any biking Eagle Scouts, send them my e-mail address.
-On that same note, we'd like to combine our events with other organizations events. If you're group or club would like to team up, that would be awesome.
-Maybe we can organize an Alley Cat race to test the map. Kids will get a rough draft of the map when they get their packets and can try to use it to figure out their routes. Then people can give us some feedback on whether it was helpful and then we can get our after-party on at some local bar. Always a good way to end an event.
-To help pay for printing, local businesses can pay to have their location included on the map. We could approach businesses we like (locally-owned, awesome people, great food - places you should really be going, not just who has money to pay)
-Planning meetings a lot of fun when you have food, friends, and wine. Mint Juleps tastes like cough medicine, so Tom can roll with those, I'll roll with my wine. We'll do another planning meeting or two before I have to go to Ohio for the fall. No worries though, I'll be back in December!

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