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Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:34 am

Get instant information about the parks and trailheads along the path. Find out whether you can take a bus to get there. Measure the length of your favorite route on The Loop. Create and print your own Loop map.

Pima County – and its Information Technology Department – has created an interactive map of The Loop for computers, tablets and smart phones. Test-drive it at www.pima.gov/TheLoop.

There are lots of bells and whistles, so take your time and explore.

•          Open/close the map tools by double-clicking on the blue bar along the top of the map or by clicking the tool symbol in the upper right corner of the map.

•          Under the Getting Around tab, check out the FAQ or Help Videos. Try zooming in and out, and panning around.

•          Under the Maps & Data Sources tab, click on Show Layers, expand one of the layer categories and check and uncheck boxes to turn different map layers on and off.

For example, under Alternative Transportation, turn on the Bus Stops and Bus Routes layers to see how to use public transportation to get to The Loop. Under Base Maps, uncheck Street Basemap and check Imagery Basemap to see aerial imagery.

•          Also under the Maps & Data Sources tab, click on Enable Map Tips and then hover over map features (pathways, trailheads, access points, etc.) to get additional information about them.

•          Under the Analysis tab, click on Measure Distance, then click on your starting point and along your route, and double-click on your destination. You can read the results in feet, yards, meters, kilometers or miles, and save the route.

•          Under the Tasks tab, you can add text, lines or shapes to the map and save them. And you can print or export the maps you’ve saved.

•          Right click anywhere on the map or click on the orange “I want to…” rectangle to do a number of routine tasks.

Use The Loop – Mobile map and enable GPS on your phone to see where you are on The Loop at any time.

And please provide us with feedback/suggestions by using the Contact Us button under the Getting Around tab.

The interactive Loop map is one of the new PimaMaps, Pima County's next generation web mapping system that will eventually replace the current MapGuide system. Two-hour PimaMaps classes are open to the public. Visit the PimaMaps website for more information.

Pima County has been developing The Loop around metro Tucson with links to Marana, Oro Valley, and South Tucson for residents and visitors on foot, bikes, skates, and horses. When completed, The Loop will total 131 miles and connect the Rillito, Santa Cruz, and Pantano River Parks with the Julian Wash and Harrison Greenways.

Please visit The Loop online for the latest maps and updates on access, improvements and other news about The Loop. Or check out – and “like” – The Loop on Facebook.

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