Earlier this month, a new web magazine known as Untold Indy launched a bicycle map for Indianapolis. This eye-catching map displayed the disparate routes around town that are known to have infrastructure that is geared toward cycling.
I contacted Natalie Atwell and Racheal Thomas from Untold Indy to find out more information about the project. Ms. Atwell responded back with answers, which are posted below. I would like to thank them both for their time and work on this fascinating map.
How did the idea for this map come about?
When I was compiling ideas for bike month for Untold Indy, I knew that I wanted to create a useful map for people who bike downtown. Originally, I really wanted it to be a biker’s guide to downtown with more info on it such as bike parking and I wanted to mark the bike shops in addition to labeling bike lanes. I didn’t feel like this was a resource available in one nicely designed package. Unfortunately we ran short on time and so the extra info had to be cut. Hopefully we will be able to revise it in the future.
Rachael is our graphic designer and so I gave her the map as a project and she, being a bit of an anglophile, came up with the London Underground inspiration and ran with it. I loved the idea because I’m a minimalist at heart. She did a beautiful job with the time and resources available to her. She completed the map all on her own while finishing her last semester of college and interning at a downtown design firm.
Are there any other bicycle maps around that are built like a transit map?
Not to our knowledge.
Is this organization planning on adding updates in the future years as they come in?
We have realized that we were missing various bike lanes on the original map thanks to some helpful Untold Indy fans. We are currently revising those issues and should be able to republish the map within a couple weeks. We don’t currently have firm plans to update the map otherwise. Though, depending on popularity and demand we may eventually add the parking markers, etc to our downtown cutout to make it a true Biker’s Guide Map.
Will this map ever be printed or published in some way?
We have no current plans to print and distribute the map en masse at this time. We have, though, been in conversation with a couple downtown bike shops who are interested in printing wall-size versions for their shops. If a demand presents itself, we may print and sell poster-size versions of the map. The PDF is linked on our website and everyone is welcome to print a copy for their own use but we of course hold the copyright and do not allow others to copy or sell the maps without explicit permission, which we have not yet given to anyone.
Do you foresee public markers at some of the locations where the bike paths cross?
That would be pretty cool, wouldn’t it? We believe all bikers deserve equal street signage as cars and would love to see signs like this. Some signs exist on the Greenways, but it would be great to see them elsewhere.