December 05, 2007

Help! Reader Looking to Get From San Diego to Nipomo in Just 3 Days

The following comment was left yesterday and I'm promoting it to post status to see if anyone out there can help.

Hi Cycling Dude:

I am looking to do my first big ride.

I will be riding a hybrid and I live in San Diego.

I am looking to get from Pacific Beach in San Diego to Nipomo, CA in 3 days.

I was wondering if you could provide any advice or maps of the route I should take.

Thanks in advance.

Brian White

brianpwhite at gmail dot com

I can get him as far as Malibu, or even Ventura, but will have to check my stash to see what else I might have.

From South San Diego County to San Luis Obispo County in 3 days?

Hey, I just made it thru 3 counties in 2 days (A Week or so apart, but who's quibling? Hee, hee!) so anything's possible. ;-D

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November 27, 2007

We got Bike Maps: Introducing My Stash

A map, a map, my Kingdom for a MAP!

A good map, or detailed route slip, is a neccessity for any recreational road bicyclist intent on having an enjoyable bicycling experience, whether it is in the local area of the cyclist, or in another city, county, state, or country.

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Hybrid Road Bike with years of experience  and a zillion miles under her saddle:

I wonder if he plans on having me ride all those?

Inexpensive Beach Cruiser still barely tested on the trail:

Hey Lady, better you than me!

In January 2005 I gathered a treasure trove of maps at the LA Travel Show, and wrote about the adventure.

While some of the maps were specially made Bike route, and trail, maps, most were standard issue city, and state, and even country maps.

Some of those do have route details for cycling, but it is important to understand that they are useful regardless.

Many such maps can be requested for free, or for the cost of postage.

I had big plans to write about those maps long before now, but life kept getting in the way of giving me the time.

I wish, now, that I'd tried to do a little at a time because this stuff IS a resource that should be known, and utilized.

The purpose of this new series is to make my way through my stash of stuff, and any new stuff I might receive, or get my hands on in the future.

I want to write about not just the maps, but any other useful cycling info I may discover in the material.

I also plan to try to request maps by mail from various resources, and write about them, and to check out various websites that sell, or post, maps, and/or route descriptions, that I have in my sidebar.

I will be including info so you can get the latest versions of the maps yourself.

Preparing oneself for the journey makes for a safe, and enjoyable, experience.

A year ago I organized  the collection into folders, and labeled each one by city, state, Province, or Country.

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Hybrid: Oh, my aching wheels!

IBC: Sissy!

One more thing:

If you have used the maps I write about, and/or traveled the locales they cover, please send me the story of your experience(s) in 1500 words, or less, for consideration to be published, with credit, here.

Now let's get this show on the road and give you an intro to my stash, by category! ;-D

What follows is a List of my stash by Category. ;-D

1st let's look at California Folders:

1. Barstow Area.

2. Big Bear/Idywild.

3. El Dorado County.

4. Fresno Area.

5. Hemet Area.

6. Inyo County.

7. Kern River Valley.

8. Los Angeles County.

9. Modesto Area.

10. Morro Bay Are.

11. Orange County.

12. Palm Springs Area.

13. Redding Area.

14. Riverside County.

15. Sacramento Area.

16. San Bernardino County.

17. San Diego County.

18. San Luis Obisbo Area.

19. Santa Barbara County.

20. Santa Clarita Area.

21. San Ynez Valley.

22. Tulare County.

23. Tuolumne County.

24. Ventura County.

25. Yolo County.

Add to this a folder with a few State Maps, and other statewide items. ;-D

UNITED STATES:

1. Alaska.

2. Arizona.

3. Colorado.

4. Florida.

5. Hawaii.

6. Idaho.

7. Louisiana.

8. Mass.

9. Missouri.

10. Montana.

11. Nevada.

12. New Mexico.

13. Utah.

14. Washington.

15. Washington DC.

Canada Folders:

1. Alberta Region.

2. Vancouver BC Region.

3. Surrey BC Region.

British Ilses:

1. Ireland.

South America:

1. Brazil.

2. Chili.

3. Costa Rica.

4. Guatemala.

5.Jamaica.

6.. Mexico.

7. Puerto Rico.

Europe:

1. Austria.

2. Germany.

3. Greece.

4. Italy.

5. Turkey.

Asia:

1. China.

2. Hong Kong.

3. Japan.

4. Singapore.

5. South Korea.

6. Taiwan.

7. Thailand.

8. Tibet.

Other Assorted Locales:

1. Bahamas - Jeez, this region has a lot of freakin' Islands!!

2. Egypt.

3. India.

4. New Zealand.

Yes, I know, that's 69 folders. ;-D

I definitely need a new File Cabinet! ;-D

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August 18, 2007

Google Transit Planner Expands to 9 States and Japan

In planning a visit to a series of well hidden stairs to the beach in South Laguna Beach, CA., this morning, I needed to know where some bus stops along Pacific Coast Highway were located.

When checking out the Orange County Transit Website I learned it was listed in the Google Transit Planner!

The last time I visited it, over a year ago, I think, it still only had Portland, Oregon.

Now, however, the choices cover several states, and all of Japan!

CA. Transit Agencies: Burbank Bus, various Humbolt County Transit Authority Agencies, Orange County Transit, San Diego Metro.

Florida: Tampa ( HART ).

Hawaii: Honolulu ( TheBus ).

Minnesota: Duluth ( Duluth Transit ).

Nevada: Las Vegas ( Monorail ), Reno ( RTC Ride ).

Oregon: Eugene ( Lane Transit District ), Portland ( TriMet ).

Pa.: Pittsburgh ( Port Authority ).

Texas: Austin ( Capital Metro ), Dallas ( DART ).

Washington: Seattle ( King County Metro ).

Japan: All regional and national rail networks, domestic airlines, and ferries.

Teaming with Google Maps, this tool is very easy, and cool, to use. ;-D

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May 08, 2007

A Resource for US and International Cycling Maps

Omni Resources is a major distributor of maps, globes, and teaching materials. Their specialty is international mapping.

They have a whole section devoted to their Bike Map, and Guide, offerings, for the USA, and a number of foreign countries.

Check it out. ;-D

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April 29, 2007

Maps of Bikeways in Los Angeles

Yes, Virginia, I have Maps, and last August I'd organzied my stash to begin sharing info about it.

I got distracted with all the other subjects I've covered since, and it took a comment by poor Dave to remind me.

I know I am really REALLY slow both in my riding (17mph on a flat road) and in my mind (IQ of 8) but, all I see is a list of folder names. WHERE ARE THE MAPS? I can't find them anywhere. I want to go for a ride this morning in the Glendale area and I was hoping to avoid the pain and agony of paying another site a fee to get a map. I hope this it the right place to get good maps and ride descriptions. I have spent a ton of money on equipment and now it seems that I will have to spend more on info. ;)

My apologies to one, and all!

1st let me point to some of the resources in my sidebar to get you interested in what lurks over there. ;-D

One great place for anyone to find Bike Paths, and plan rides, is BikeMetro.

It covers Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernadino and Riverside counties, so check it out.

Here is a description for the 3 mile Arroyo Seco Trail in the Pasadena area, and the 3 miles of completed LA River Trail near Griffith Park.

These come from the LA BIKE PATHS WEBSITE:

A guide to bicycle paths around Los Angeles and Northern Orange County: 'Class I,' paved, separate right-of-ways, mostly in parks, along rivers, beaches, and lakesides. Click the path on the map or use the drop down menu to see a close-up of a path.

Check it out here, for more.

In looking over the maps in my LA COUNTY FOLDER some do not allow for easy translation into Route Slips, and my recommendation is to contact the neccesary agencies to get your own copies.

That being said here's what I have:

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1. LADOT - LA Dept. of Transportation: You can order Bikeway Guides for the Central City/Westside, Harbor Area, and San Fernando Valley, or explore the whole thing on a clickable/printable map online.

The Website has links to other such maps for local cities, and Orange, and Ventura Counties.

The LADOT Maps are not the greatest as the names of most streets are not shown, but try using them in tandem with a Thomas Brothers Map.

There is a lot of other useful info on the website.

Home Page.

2. MTA METRO ORANGE LINE:

The Metro Orange Commuter Train Route, from North Hollywood, west to Warner Center, has a Bike Trail alongside it, and includes Bicycle Parking Facilities.

It is a combination of Bike Lane, and Bike Path:

At the western end of the line, from Variel, cyclists will be riding along regular city streets, and sidewalks to the Warner Center area.

Eastbound, most of the route is an off-street Bike Path untilthe Valley Village area.

At Chandler, the Bike Path becomes on-street bike lanes to the North Hollywood Station.

You can find the Flier at MTA Display at Union Station, or order it from MTA.

3. On the Metro Website, there is an outstanding Interactive Map that shows Bike Lanes, and Bike Trails, all over LA County, and is quite detailed as you zoom in.

Check it out here. ( Adobe Acrobat required. )

One word to Dave: There doesn't seem to be much in the way of established routes to choose from in Glendale. ;-D

4. In 1999 Occidental College, and the Friends of the LA River, sponsored a year long event called Re-envisioning the L.A. River, and one part of it was the production of a map in conjunction with the Bike Along the Los Angeles River Event on October 17th of that year.

It was a tour of Architecture, Art, Nature, Community, and Transportation, in the area, on routes along public right-of-ways used every day by cyclists, and others.

150 cyclists participated in the event and, sadly, only 1500 copies of the map I have were made.

How many copies still exist is a mystery to me.

There are 7 Routes, from 3.2 to 10.8 miles, and the text, maps, and illustrations were put together by Joseph L. Linton, a long time Cycling Activist in Los Angeles.

Realizing what a gem this collection of rides is, as I look at it, I want to try to ride them, and devote more space to each than what I can say here.

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March 08, 2007

Bike Route Resource in New Jersey

Ron Asteak and his wife opened a Bike Shop in New Jersey, in 1994,, Bike King of North Clinton, 103 years after the oldest continuously operating shop in the nation, Kopp's ( News Article ), opened, also in New Jersey....

I thought this was cool!

Another thing that's cool is the New Jersey Bike Riding Resource page, on their website.

I learned of it when Ron left a comment, today, to my 4 year old post celebrating your friendly neighborhood Bicycle Shop, and announcing my intent to honor the Elder Statesmen and women, of the industry, around the nation, and the world, and asking readers to help me find them.

They offer free maps, and ride info, as well, and so if you are in state, or looking for nice vacation spot info, check them out.

I like their view of Bicycling:

You can ride your bike just about anywhere you can take your car and have a much more interesting time at it.

If everyone rode their bike at least once a week, the world would be a much happier place. Once or more a day and it would be ecstatic.

They should bring back public hangings for bike thieves.

Not only do helmets look good, they can keep your brain in one piece if worn properly.

If you take care of your bike, your bike will take care of you.

The public hanging idea will be quite popular in some jurisdictions, I'm sure! ;-D

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November 25, 2005

Maps for Cyclists in Missouri

This just announced, last month, by the Missouri Dept. of Transportation:

The Missouri Department of Transportation is developing its first maps specifically for bicyclists wishing to travel throughout the state using pedal power.

The maps, now in their first drafts, show the approximate traffic volume for state roads and mark roads that have paved shoulders. MoDOT is accepting public comment on the proposed maps.

The maps are designed to help cyclists plan routes between towns or across the state, said Caryn Giarratano, coordinator of the pedestrian and cyclist program for MoDOT. Most states have similar maps, and Missouri’s maps have been in development since 2002, Giarratano said.

Good for them! The more such maps the better!

The maps on the MoDOT Web site are broken down into 10 regions. The central region includes 13 counties, stretching from Boone County south to Miller and Maries counties, and from Gasconade to Pettis and Benton counties.

Bicyclists can view and print the maps from the department’s Web site, but the department has no plans yet to print and distribute hard-copy versions of the maps, Giarratano said. The department hopes to eventually collect information about county and city routes, Giarratano said.

Columbia Daily Tribune ( Oct. 6th ): Bicyclists get a lift from MoDOT Maps by Rachel Webb.

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May 22, 2005

Interactive online bicycle mapping tool debuts in Oakland

This is cool. :-)

As part of its program to spread the word that bicycling is a viable commuting choice, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission of Oakland, Ca., in April added an interactive online bicycle mapping tool to its popular Cycling Web site. The free 511 BikeMapper(SM) service contains maps of all existing off-street bicycle paths, on-street bike lanes and designated bike routes in the whole 9 county Bay Area, and it allows cyclists to specify where they want to ride to, see what bikeways are available in the specific areas, and print the map, or maps, they might need.

A link to the website now appears in my California Route Info section.

The things this tool allows you to do are quite interesting.

The 511 BikeMapper(SM) is part of a nationwide trend toward online bicycle
mapping and is the first one-stop resource for bicycling maps that cover the
entire nine-county Bay Area. The 511 BikeMapper(SM) does not automatically
determine the best route or provide turn-by-turn directions. Rather, it
displays bike paths, bike lanes and bike routes within areas you specify -- by
city, zip code or address -- and provides tools to interact with the map and
to print maps yourself. This allows you to see all available options and
decide for yourself which route to take for bike trips.
    Among the innovative features of the 511 BikeMapper(SM) is a "Show Slope" option that allows users to identify hilly portions of bike routes with grades of 5 percent or more. Varying slopes are identified by color. The 511
BikeMapper(SM) database encompasses more than 3,000 miles of bicycle paths, on-street bike lanes and local streets that are designated as bike routes.

That last must be for those who don't want the fun of being suprised on an afternoon ride hither, and yon. :-D

There are plans to add more info as more of the cities in the counties  take stock of just what they have to offer in bicycle facilities, and as new trails, and routes are created.

It is being stressed that computer users  can play an important part in fine-tuning the database.

"We've carefully screened the information, but it's a brand new product. So a few inaccuracies could still turn up. We're urging BikeMapper(SM) users to e-mail us if they have a correction or addition, and to check back with http://www.511.org for periodic updates."  The e-mail address for 511 BikeMapper(SM) feedback is bikemapper-@-mtc.ca.gov.

Full Story on PR Newswire: 511 Service Adds Online Bicycle Mapping.

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