September Activities

Things have been pretty busy with travels to the Poconos and Central Pennsylvania, as well as apple picking at Solebury Orchard near New Hope.

Last week, the Temple Alumni Review published a nice article about my focus on making bike maps.  I’ve gotten lots of comments from people that I didn’t know were connected to Temple University.  Thanks Temple Review!

Related to work, I’ve been busy in New Jersey, working on a revision of the Burlington County Map and the New Jersey State Bicycle Map.  Public input is really important on the state map, so we’ve developed a user input website that I’m pleased with.  It will allow registered users to download drafts, comment, and then upload them.  There’s also a google map wiki for people to place points like bike shops and challenging intersections into an online database.  When the website is given the “OK” to go live, I’ll post something here.

Coming up later this month, I’m very excited to do some exploration of a bicycle tour route from Philadelphia to Washington DC.  I’m planning a fully supported bike tour for the week of September 12, 2011.  The daily mileage will be about 45 miles, giving cyclists lots of time to stop and enjoy national parks and sites along the way.  Just researching this is going to be wonderful.  I’ll spend a few days trying to find the most scenic, calming country roads.

This coming weekend is Jenkintown’s Arts and Brew Fest.  This should be the best Jenkintown Festival ever, and I’m looking forward to it.  As President of the Jenkintown Community Alliance, I get to work with some great people.

Coming up in October, I’ll be speaking about designing bicycle maps at the North American Cartographic Information Society’s annual meeting.