For the final presentation of the proposed network, I got a full size map of the city– the kind available to tourists. I carefully went over the recommended routes with a yellow highlighter.
At this point, there was surprisingly little discussion about the network, and relatively easy approval. And when there were questions, I was prepared to talk in detail about every segment– how wide the road was, how much traffic it had, and why experienced riders had suggested including or excluding it.
We now asked for official approval of the network itself in an abstract sense. Doing this required no commitment by the city to produce a map, put up signs or really do anything at all. We were simply asking them back up the group of experienced of cyclists with endorsing our work as an “official recommended network”. The Mayor approved it.