Ever since I saw this metro map on DCist, I've thought it would be great to make a Google map that shows all of the bike trails in the DC area. So I made one.
Before you look at it I want to mention this is my first webpage - so it kinda stinks. And I haven't done every bike trail (more on that in a bit). Here's the map. They'll be a link on the side of this page soon.
You'll notice that I've only done 5 trails, and that - with the exception of the CCT - they're all short and straight. That's because I have to go in and get each point individually using map builder. It's a tedious process and curves make it more difficult. So then, why put up a map that's missing 15 to 25 trails?
Because I need your help.
How You Can Help
1. If you know html - Like I said, it's my first web page. If you know html, perhaps you can help me make it look better and add tools like how to create a map, link the legend on the left to zoomed in views of the map, or add a "get directions" button.
2. If you have a GPS receiver - I know some GPS receivers will let you "record" your trip. Like this baby that I so very much lust after. If you have one of these, and it gives you geocode (Lat and Long) that can easily be shared, you can ride a trail - any trail - record the geocode data and send it to me. With a couple of people hitting local trails it would not take long to get them all recorded.
3. If you know a better free way to get geocode than map builder - let me know please.
4. If you have free time - you can use map builder to record all the trail data, as I've done with these five. It's a bit boring as work goes, but it eventually pays off.
If you're interested in helping in any way, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org - that way we can coordinate and not have any wasted effort. I'll update the map as new data/code comes in. Thanks