23 4 / 2012

This heat map of walk scores in San Francisco and the East Bay comes via Slate’s recent series on walking in America.

According to Walk Score, San Francisco is the second most walkable city in America (always playing second fiddle to New York, we are). Our most walkable neighborhood is Chinatown, with a Walk Score of 99/100, and many eastern and northern neighborhoods in the city score almost as high.

Perhaps most surprising on this map is that large green pocket of walkability up in Marin, around downtown San Rafael. It’s a Walk Score of 63, so compared with Chinatown, not too walkable, but enough to merit a green spot on the heat map.

Find your Walk Score here.

08 12 / 2011

Jake Coolidge made this map of the ideal BART system, based in part off 1950s-era plans for the system. He says of the plan map he studied:

Published in 1956, 16 years before the system first went into operation, the plan seemed to me, at the time, to capture a sense of unbridled optimism. The massive region-wide system of modern trains, depicted in well-designed maps and with stylish illustrations, embodied a confidence in technology to shape the rapidly changing post-war city.

Click through for the whole thing. This is a clean, well-designed transit map of what could have been a massive regional transit system.

(Jake Coolidge)

05 10 / 2011

The San Francisco Bike Coalition’s city bike map shows major bike routes, bike lanes, bike parking in downtown, and, best of all, the slope of the city’s steepest streets, so you can figure out how to avoid the hills.

It’s the first map I recommend to new bikers in San Francisco, and the best response to all those naysayers who think San Francisco’s hills make it hostile to cyclists.

29 9 / 2011

Cabspotting tracks Yellow Cabs on their runs around San Francisco. Then, they make the location data available for artists, data miners, and others.

Thinking of changing the name of the blog to “Mapspotting”. Thoughts?

14 9 / 2011

BREAKING NEWS: Most people use Uber in the downtown and SOMA neighborhoods. Who would have thought?

Good thing there’s a map to tell us.

(via the Uber blog)

30 8 / 2011

It’s shaping up to be a depressing week here on Maps of San Francisco. First homicides, now pedestrian fatalities.

Transportation for America is ON THE CASE of preventable pedestrian fatalities in America’s cities. San Francisco doesn’t crack the top ten metros most dangerous to pedestrians.

Between this and Monday’s map, we can now safely conclude that being a pedestrian is more hazardous to your health than homicide in the Western part of the city.

(via Reset San Francisco)

22 8 / 2011


View Best places/streets to find a taxi cab in San Francisco in a larger map

Because it’s always impossible to find a cab on the street in San Francisco.

Or you could just call Uber.

19 8 / 2011

Cable Car animated gif map

Because every city should have an animated gif transit map.

Via the 2003-vintage Cable Car Website, the online home of the world’s first Interactive Cable Car.

08 8 / 2011

Because we all have our own ideas of the city, and coloring isn’t just for kindergartners.

Some awesome grad students at Berkeley made a website for their master’s project that’s packed with conceptual maps of San Francisco. The maps are based on geography and a whole bunch of interviews they did with city residents.

They even made up an INVISIBLE BIKE RACE game for the project. They must be the coolest grad students ever.