How can I use the PedestrianPortal’s Explore tools to view sidewalks, crosswalks and ramps in our region?

Overview Map

The PedestrianPortal’s Explore tools are available for all here. When you first visit the Explore map, you will see an overview of our region with pedestrian facilities (sidewalks, crossings and ramps) on the map in blue. A notice on the screen will tell you to ‘Zoom in or search for a location.’

Zoom into the map

Zoom and Pan

The + button will let you zoom in on the map, the – button will let you zoom out, and you can click on the map and move your cursor in any direction to pan or move the map.

Explore Sidewalk, Crossing and Ramp Features

Feature Attributes

Once you are zoomed in on a specific location, you can click on the solid blue lines (sidewalks), the dashed blue lines (crosswalks), or the circles (ramps) to view details about the feature. A sidebar will open showing relevant attributes, such as location information (like state, county and municipal council district) and the feature’s status (if it’s assumed, confirmed as existing, proposed or under construction). For sidewalks, other attributes displayed will include the surface material (mixed, asphalt, concrete, brick, etc.) and type (if it’s a path, grade-separated or unknown). For crosswalks, other attributes include if the crosswalk is raised, if it includes pedestrian signalization, and the type (unmarked, decorative, diagonal, etc.). For ramps, other attributes include the ramp’s position (island/median, mid-block, multi-directional, etc), and if the ramp has a detectable warning surface. To learn more about the attribute terms for pedestrian features, view the visual glossary.

Map Tools

Map Tools

To the right of the map, you will see additional buttons below the search field and zoom buttons that you can use to:

  1. Turn on and off layers, including sidewalks, crosswalks and ramps, as well as 2015 ortho maps (map-accurate aerial maps). You can use the transparency slider to adjust the transparency of these layers.
  2. Toggle between basemaps, including either aerial imagery or the default street map.
  3. Share your current view of the map by copying the link and emailing it (or save the link to your bookmarks to return to the view later).
  4. Print your current view of the map as a PDF or image.
  5. Inspect an area with Google Street View, by clicking on a street to view.
Mobile View

Mobile Screens

For the best experience possible, we recommend exploring the map on a desktop or tablet screen. While the map can be viewed on smaller mobile devices, some of the detailed features that are easier to view and interact with on larger devices are not included for smaller screens.