If this isn't the right place to post a suggestion about the motor roads pages, I'll repost elsewhere on request.
#1 let me say that the road reviews are stunningly good. They are highly informative, beautifully photographed, and well-written. I think the subscription to the Roads database would be a bargain at 5 times the price.
I do have some minor suggestions.
1. If there are known road hazards at particular times of day or seasons, that might be highlighted in a small box at the top. For example, you can get black ice on Highway 33 in winter, particularly on the back side (going down to Cuyama). The gravel hauling trucks that come over from Cuyama also operate on regular schedules. Just one rock off the back of one of those can ruin your day.
2. Known hazardous "killer" curves might be marked on the map. Again, for Highway 33, there's a decreasing radius off-camber turn that has nailed many riders.
3. If there are long stretches between gas stops, perhaps this could be indicated on the map, or, again, maybe the simplest thing to do is have a summary table at the top. One column might be "longest distance between gas stations".
4. If the road has cell phone black-out zones, it's worth remarking on this. If one is riding some of these roads in winter solo, and breaks down, it can be a long time before a passing motorist might lend help.
5. In some cases, it's much preferrable to ride in a particular direction due to the terrain, position of sun, availability of turn-outs. I know many of the stories have comments to this effect, but again, this might be summarized in a table at the top, with an entry for "Recommended Direction" and "Best Time of Day." West Camino Cielo in Santa Barbara, for example, is invariably better done in the afternoon, as the marine layer usually clears about 11:30.
6. Put recommended "Chow stops" on the maps. Sometimes when traveling a new road I'll stop for lunch and be disappointed, only to find that there is a great "known only to locals" spot just up the road.
7. Maybe the roads could be given a three level rating: Easy/Moderate/Challenging . I've been on a couple group rides with guys on big touring rigs that got real unhappy about some very steep switchbacks that were tough to negotiate even at a crawling speed.
I know it's a ton of work to "retrofit" the hundreds of existing articles, but perhaps one or more of these elements could be added to the upcoming stories as they are added.
Thanks to the Pashnit folks!