Open Ciclismo: Crowdsourcing Bike Riders’ Experiences

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Crystal Garcia would go on to come in 1st for the women's group at the end of the Alleycat bike ride on June 13, 2014. Photo by Scott Ball.

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Crystal Garcia rides down West Cypress Street in San Antonio.

The Rivard Report is tapping the networks of local cycling groups and the nonprofit Bike San Antonio to gather civic data about biking in San Antonio. By crowdsourcing this data and riders’ experiences, we aim to create up-to-date awareness of hotspots for cycling safety, crime, and infrastructure improvements – holding City officials accountable for safe cycling and pedestrian life in San Antonio.

Open Ciclismo, a crowdsourced map of cycling infrastructure and safety concerns, created by the Rivard Report, is now available for the public’s input online. Join us at Sunday’s Síclovía event, where parts of the Broadway corridor will be open exclusively to cycling and pedestrian traffic, to share your insights on a printed version of the map. Readers can also use the hashtag #openciclismo to join the discussion on Twitter.

Tell us about where improvements could be made, report a cycling incident or dangerous intersections, and share where you feel especially safe riding. To contribute to this crowdsourced map, click on the orange “+” button to add your entry. You can also include images or video in your post. All submissions will be reviewed before they are posted, and all posts are anonymous unless otherwise specified. Data generated from the map will be open and made accessible to the public. We encourage you to be as detailed as possible in your submissions.

The Rivard Report will compare your responses with the existing cycling conditions identified by the City of San Antonio’s 2011 Bike Master Plan, and the City’s Interactive Bike Map for an in-depth analysis of cycling culture in the city. Using the information created from the map, we hope to build awareness of the current condition of cycling infrastructure, including the challenges and aspirations shared by San Antonio cyclists as our city grows.

 

3 thoughts on “Open Ciclismo: Crowdsourcing Bike Riders’ Experiences

  1. Ironically, one of the most dangerous intersections for northbound cyclists is found at the intersection of South Flores Street and César Chavéz Boulevard. H-E-B has the best cycle track in all of San Antonio that fronts the entire block of South Flores Street between East Arsenal Street and César Chavéz, but since it ends abruptly at the intersection, cyclists face the challenge of feeding back into dense urban traffic, which can be suicidal at rush hour, or riding on the sidewalk, which is illegal.

    It also is very difficult for northbound cyclists on Broadway to enter the Pearl. Broadway, which is scheduled to be redesigned as a Complete Street with 2017 Bon money, is a challenge for pedestrians and cyclists who attempt to cross north of Jones Avenue and south of Grayson Street. The Pearl, for all its inviting walkability, is surrounded by streets that cater only to cars.

  2. Interesting idea. The only one I looked at was north alamo, which said it was a terrible surface with no bike lane. That USED to be true, but it has since been repaired and striped. I can’t seem to edit old entries though, even if they’ve got bad info.

  3. Stone Oak for all its beauty has no reasonable bike lanes. Drivers play chicken on Stone Oak parkway with cyclists if they are riding alone. The lanes that do exist need new paint such as on Blanco at Huebner all the way downtown. When I call to notify the city of holes in the bike lane area they do not get attention and I continue to get flat tires as a result. We need real bike lanes passed Southtown not just in the high tourist areas. Areas around Quintana Road have cyclists but the trail from HEB downtown stops. So making my way to the St. Philips SWC college 800 Quintana Road is incredibly scary.

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