« on: November 06, 2011, 03:00:04 pm »
Oklahoma's Bike Coordinator is no longer, at least in any real capacity. I have met in person with ODOT and they say they don't actually have someone who does anything anymore. It may have been the actual "coordinator" but was a couple of years ago so can't quite remember. I am very well aware of the AADT maps and other resources. My question was more about trying to force Oklahoma to actually DO something with the federal funds, especially if it is a mandate, or give up the funds.
I have created my own bicycle suitability map by color coordinating the traffic counts, etc. I, and several others, have even offered to so all the work if they will just publish it. Even the state tourism department agrees but until ODOT gets around to it (past 2 decades!), nothing is being done. I am tired of us having crappy resources when, to me, it is so easily corrected. That is why when a federal mandate was mentioned, I perked up since I thought maybe we could force them to do something.
As far as the OP is concerned, I tour extensively. I do 2-5 tours multi-week tours every year. I always go to the state's website looking for "bicycle map" or similar. I then cross reference with county road maps (if available on-line) and of course, AADT maps, again if on-line.
For instance, I am currently planning multiple trips for next year, Tampa to New Orleans; Jackson, WY to Denver (via Grand Junction); Jackson to Phoenix, Jackson to Portland, Asheville to Baton Rouge, Boston to St. Johns, NF, and others. I most likely will tour 5-8 weeks next year on mainly self-developed routes (I have literally hundreds). So, yes, for me, these types of maps are critical.