Prince William bike riders will soon have a useful tool available at their finger tips.
The county’s Department of Transportation is seeking feedback as it creates a Bicycle Skill Level Map.
Bikers will be able to use to the map to discover paths that align with their riding skills, according to a release from the county.
Officials have drawn out a map containing various routes, but they need help completing it.
A bicyclist can offer input through an online survey that will close on October 31.
“We’ve got this initial map based on measurable data – speed and volume of traffic and what facilities are there,” Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Adam Weigel said in a release. “Our efforts now are to try to get feedback from the public to see if those initial ratings make sense based on their experience.”
Paths are given different colors that are based on experience.
Beginners would use routes that avoid roads and traffic.
Occasional cyclists would be able to ride in neighborhoods and may be able to use bike lanes.
A bicyclist who rides frequently can use bike lanes and shoulders, and experienced bikers may feel comfortable riding in heavily traveled areas.
The department is interested in feedback from riders of different skill levels.
“We’re not trying to build a map only for these higher skilled riders. We don’t want to tell people that they need to reach a certain skill level to ride all these routes. This is an inventory for us so that we can think about how we can improve our infrastructure,” Weigel said. “The goal is to make it as suitable for as many skill levels as we possibly can.”
Following the survey, county staff will visit the paths and provide information to the Prince William County Trails and Blueways Council.
Changes will be made to the online map.
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