It's been a very fun creative process to create cycling maps for my friends and family. It's also very important to keep the brain fresh with new technology! I'm loving the free (i.e donate!), open source, desktop GIS program, QGIS. It's a phenomenal resource for basic data viewing, data analysis, or full on cartography, and their community is brilliant and welcoming.
In May 2017 I was I was honored to be invited to speak about my Lake Como cycling atlas project and methods at the CUGOS (Cascadia Users of Open Geospatial Open Source) Spring Fling.
Below are two map projects, one for Lake Como and another for Pittsburgh. Each map below has a page with more details on its creation.