Big Changes at janeswalk.org

We've revamped, overhauled, revised, and reorganized the website to make it a user-friendly, accessible platform that anyone can use.

Alia Scanlon, December 30, 2016

It's easier than ever to create a walk.

The web team gave our Create A Walk application a complete overhaul to give users who are posting walks a stable, streamlined experience. Here's a rundown of what we've changed:

The new design allows you to complete your walk all in one go, or create a draft to which you can return later. Drafts will autosave, so that your walk won't be lost if you accidentally close your browser or the tab you're working in.

Images are easier to upload and preview.

An improved map function means that you can easily draw your route, add stops, and share your walk on social media.

Walk Leaders can add more information about the accessibility of their walk.

We are now geoJSON compliant!

Walks created on the website are now available using the geoJSON standard. This means that once you map your walk on janeswalk.org, you can then export it and make it available on any other mainstream mapping platform, including Google Maps, Mapbox, QGIS, and ArcGIS. 

There are many applications for this feature, particularly for architects, cartographers, city planners, and open data fans. GeoJSON formatted Jane's Walks can be used as layers on existing plans and maps on QGIS and ArcGIS. 

To download a geoJSON version of any walk, visit the walk page. In the URL field, simply add “/json” to the end of the URL. This will trigger an automatic download of a full geoJSON version of the map.

The city directory is now clearer and more streamlined.

 A visit to the city directory now only displays the cities that have active City Organizers coordinating Jane's Walks. Cities in need of a City Organizer are now listed in a drop down menu. Want to start Jane's Walk in your city? Visit the directory to get started!

The new Global Walk Blog is up and running.

Jane’s Walk is an international community of urban thinkers and doers who have lots to share! The redesigned Global Walk Blog is a place for Walk Leaders, City Organizers, and others to share ideas, stories, photos, and more. The reformatted magazine-style page is easier to navigate and more visually appealing. 

Throughout the year, the Walk Blog is where you can learn about the challenges and rewards of being a City Organizer in Manila or learn about Croatia’s first Jane’s Walks. We're always looking for new content. Get in touch with us at info@janeswalk.org if you would like to contribute!

 

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