MMBA Trail Guide Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)Where do I find the MMBA Trail Guide?
The MMBA Trail Guide can be found at http://mmba.org/trail-guide
, by clicking this link
, or by visiting the MMBA Website
and clicking Trail Guide
in the left column.I'd like the new Trail Guide to work differently by adding a new feature. How can I get this added?
Please reply to this thread or email email@example.com
with information about what you would like to see and why. We will be monitoring this thread and the email inbox for feature requests and using this information in deciding what features to add next.What are some of the features that you intend to add next?
We'd first like to add filtering to show only trails greater than a certain length, and trails of certain difficulty levels. We are looking to you, our members who use this trail guide, to tell us what features you'd like to see next.How can I support continued development of the MMBA and the Trail Guide?
The MMBA is an organization comprised of mountain biking-focused organizations throughout Michigan. By becoming a member of your local IMBA chapter you support the MMBA and its mission of advocating on the behalf of mountain bikers and promoting mountain biking throughout the whole of Michigan. Tools such as the MMBA Trail Guide and MMBA Forum are key tools in this mission.
By providing corrections and updates to the trail entries you can help keep the data fresh, relevant and usable. We rely on the you, the trail guide's users to help us ensure that the data is accurate and up to date.
That said, Jeff / UselessPickles wouldn't mind if you bought the bike he has for sale
. How is this different from the other Google Maps showing the locations of trails in Michigan?
This new trail guide is more than just a map listing trail locations. It was specially developed by mountain bikers for mountain bikers and contains information about each trail, links to maps and other information, and overlaid trail map images. Most of the features it contains are simply not possible with a basic Google Map. It is also hosted and updated by the MMBA.Why is there no ZIP code distance search like in the old trail guide?
The new map-based trail guide does a better job of helping find trails in an area than the old ZIP code search. By zooming into an area one can easily see what trails are near by and where they are actually located. The previous ZIP code search would only let you see if trails were within a certain distance of a given place, but you couldn't tell if they were all within one area or spread out equally in all different directions.Why doesn't the Trail Guide show all of the trails themselves? Some seem to be there.
The MMBA Trail Guide is designed to help mountain bikers quickly find trails in Michigan, navigate to those trails, and get to other information about the trails. Detailed maps of each trail are complicated to maintain and are beyond the intended scope of the Trail Guide. While we do provide map overlays for some trails to be used for reference, we feel this detail is best left to the printable maps themselves or other websites, so we provide links to those maps.
When using the Trail Guide you may see that Google Maps contains some trail information. We have found that this information is often incomplete or simply inaccurate and not representative of all the mountain bike-accessible trails in Michigan. Therefore, we recommend using trail-specific information (websites, maps, signs, etc) to obtain information about the trail itself.My favorite trail doesn't have complete information. Why is that?
The new MMBA Trail Guide was populated with information gathered from the old Trail Guide, IMBA chapter websites, and other publicly accessible sources. Despite our best efforts some information may have been missed. If you've identified some missing information please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
, and be sure to specify which trail, which information is missing, and what the correct information is.Why isn't the trail route or features along the trail shown?
This guide isn't intended to replace trail maps and their notations of things along the trail. It's intention is to help people find trails, get them there, and then provide links to other resources. Thus, places like scenic overlooks, mile markers, and trail features aren't being added to the trail guide.Why do some trails have no Trail Coordinator or IMBA chapter listed?
Not all mountain bike-accessible trails have IMBA Chapters who maintain them. Since this trail guide intends to be a thorough listing of mountain bike-accessible trails in (and near) Michigan, including those which aren't associated with IMBA chapters, we do not require that a Trail Coordinator nor IMBA Chapter be listed.My favorite trail's map isn't shown as an overlay. Why not?
There are two reasons why a trail map may not be available as an overlay. First, adding overlay maps takes a great deal of time as we have to spend time aligning the trail map to the Google Map then ensuring that it displays nicely. Second, many maps are great for helping find your way around a trail, but they are not to scale and do not present a good representation of the actual physical layout of the trail. Overlaying maps that do not match the physical layout of the trail are confusing when placed on an accurate map as features won't align. More trail overlay maps will be added as volunteer time and the detail of the maps permits.
If you are interested in working on trail maps yourself there are a number of resources available to get you started. While the learning curve is a bit steep, everything needed is available online. IMBA has a number of resources avialable here under their Maps and Signs section
, MTBR Trail Building and Advocacy forum
contains a great deal of information about trail mapping. I (Steve Vigneau / c0nsumer) have done a bit of mapping for CRAMBA, and the workflow that I follow for drawing trail maps using OpenStreetMap data is roughly outlined here
. If you have questions about making maps please feel free to email me directly at email@example.com
.What information do I need to send you in order to add a new trail?
If you'd like to have a new trail added to the MMBA Trail Guide please email firstname.lastname@example.org
and we'll work with you to get the requisite information identified.How do I get a new Point of Interest added to a trail?
To put a Point of Interest (POI) in the trail guide we need a few pieces of information: the type of POI (Automobile Access Point, MTB Trail Access Point, Parking, General Information, or Toilets) and its location as specified via latitude and longitude. Optionally we can change the title of the POI and add a description.
To suggest a POI for addition please send the type of POI and latitude / longidute, along with an alternate title and description, if applicable, to email@example.com
. To find the latitude and longitude of a place, find it using Google Maps, right click it, and pick What's Here
. The latitude and longitude will be put in the search box and you can copy and paste it into the email message.I found something broken with the new Trail Guide. What should I do?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
with a report of the problem. If possible, please include the version of your web browser (eg: Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 19.0, Chrome 25.0.1364.152), Operating System (eg: Windows 7 SP1, OS X 10.8.2), and steps for reproducing the problem.
It is very helpful if you can tell us exactly what you did, what you expected to happen, and what actually happened. We will then use this information to attempt to reproduce the problem and then work to fix it.