Greater Madison MPO


Bike Route Mapping Tool

The Low Stress Bicycle Route Finder, a new bicycle route mapping tool developed by the Greater Madison MPO, is now available on the Greater Madison MPO Website.  Go to MAPS & GIS > On-line Mapping, and click on Low-Stress Bike Route Finder.  The tool assists bicyclists in identifying comfortable riding routes in urban cities and villages in Dane County.  Routes considered low stress are generally comfortable for people concerned about riding in close proximity to heavy and/or high-speed traffic.  The rating system used to determine the stress level of streets for bicyclists takes into account traffic speeds and volumes, number of travel lanes, bicycle or bicycle/parking lane dimensions, and intersection configuration.  Multi-use paths receive the lowest stress level (LTS 1). 

The routing application provides recommended bicycling route directions between an origin and destination using three different routing settings: 

(1) use of exclusively low-stress routes (LTS 1 or 2);

(2) use of low- and moderate-stress routes (LTS 1-3), but with low-stress preferred; or

(3) use of any legal bicycling route (LTS 1-4), but with low- and moderate-stress routes preferred.

The Bicycle Level of Traffic Stress rating system is designed for use on urban streets.  Many rural roads are rated as highest stress (4) due to 45+ mph speed limits even though traffic volumes are very low.  For information on the relative suitability of rural roadways for adult bicyclists, please see the Dane County Bicycle Map.


For More Information, contact Zia Brucaya, Transportation Options Program Manager/Transportation Planner, 608-266-9114.