August 18, 2006

Bike Friendly Mass Transit: California

AVTA (Antelope Valley-Lancaster, Palmdale)

BART (San Francisco Region)

Big Blue Bus (Santa Monica)

CCCTA (Central Costa Co.)

Culver City Bus (LA Co.)

Foothill Transit (LA Co.)

GET (Bakersfield)

Humboldt Transit Authority (Redwood, Eureka Region)

Mendocino Transit Authority (Mendocino Co.)

METRO (Santa Cruz Co.)

Metrolink Trains (Southern Ca.)

Modesto Area Express (Modesto Area)

MST (Greater Monterey, Salinas Area)

MTA (LA Co.)

OCTA (Orange Co.)

OMNITRANS (San Bernardino Co.)

RABA (Redding Area)

RT (Sacramento Region)

RTA (Riverside Co.)

samTrans (San Mateo Co.)

San Diego Transit (SanDiego Co.)

San Luis Obispo Co. Regional Transit Systems

Santa Clarita Transit

SCT (Sonoma Co.)

SMART (Stockton Area, San Joaquin Co.)

StaRT (Stanislaus Co.)

Tri Delta Transit (Eastern Contra Costa Co.)

VTA (Santa Clara Valley Region)

YARTS (Yosemite National Park Region-Mariposa, Merced, and Mono Co.)

Yolobus (Yolo Co.)



AMTRAK

SoCal Transit Trip Planner

Send me an e-mail if you are aware of other agencies, and I will add the link to the list.

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August 07, 2006

Iceland in Summer: A Bicycling Paradise

Next time you are thinking of Touring on vacation consider Iceland. ;-D

The hostile terrain of Iceland wouldn't be everyone's first choice for a summer cycling holiday but one Yorkshireman fulfilled a lifelong ambition when he cycled round the country's shores and wrote a book about his travels. Lizzie Murphy, of the Yorkshire Post, spoke to him:

HIS bike broke down numerous times on the unforgiving steep gravel roads, but Andy Shackleton kept going.
Even though it was summer, he battled through wind and snow as he cycled round Iceland's 1,200-mile circumference.
But no matter how bad conditions got, he says he never got off and pushed his bicycle anywhere: "I was determined to ride my bike and no matter how steep it got, I refused to give in."
It was this strong will that enabled Mr Shackleton, who was born in Todmorden, to complete the gruelling four-week venture he set himself.
And although he had cycled long distances before, he admitted: "It was the most challenging cycling I have ever done in my whole life."
The idea came about after going on cycling holidays with his son, Chris. After one trip through Norway, Mr Shackleton, 59, said he decided he would like to try cycling around Iceland.
But the journey, which also included travelling through Shetland and Orkney, proved to be one of the most challenging experiences of his life.
He said: "A lot of the roads in Iceland are closed in the winter because of snow and ice. Some are only open in July, August and September so when I went some had only just opened.
"Sometimes I'd be cycling for days without speaking to anyone and at times I thought 'this is just loopy'."

Read the full story, including how he decided to write a book of his journey that is due for publication in Britain next month:

YORKSHIRE POST ( 7/31 ): Determined cyclist in the saddle for ride of a lifetime.

The book, Arctic Cycle, will be published on September 14 – Mr Shackleton's 60th birthday.

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August 02, 2005

Oregonian recommends local routes for riding

Recently Portland Oregonian reporter Michelle Mandel recommended 5 routes to bike ride in the Washington County region of Oregon.

3 of the routes apparently travel through some of the less populated areas of the county.

She commands her readers:

Now get out there and pedal. And consider lots of stops for pictures, picnics, pleasure. Routes contain much to entertain the senses: filbert groves, pioneer cemeteries, wildflowers. See, smell and touch.

No doubt half of Portland replied... "Okay, okay, we're going, we're going!" :-D

Well, I'm here to make sure that folks outside of the great state of Oregon are made aware of 2 of her recommendations, in case the article disappears, and of the book she took them from.

ROUTE 1:

Country Cruiser Length: 18 1/2 miles. Difficulty: Easy, rolling two-lane road, with a few moderate hills. Traffic: Low, except one mile along Cornelius-Schefflin Road Specifics: Start in Verboort at Visitation Catholic Church. Head north on Visitation Road to Osterman Road; go left. Osterman becomes Kemper Road. Continue west to Kansas City Road; turn right, and jog north to Hillside Road. Turn left and continue to Clapshaw Hill Road; turn right. Ride to Kansas City Road; turn left, then right on Greenville Road. Continue to Roy Road; turn left, then right on Harrington Road. Continue to Kerkman Road; turn right. Intersect with Cornelius-Schefflin Road; turn right and head west to traffic circle; turn right, toward Verboort, on Verboort Road. Loop ends at church on Visitation Road. Highlights: Vivid scenery awash with farm fields, fruit and nut trees and vineyards. Coast Range provides tree-studded backdrop. Wild blackberry and raspberry bushes offer rest-stop opportunities, particularly in August and September, when fruit ripens. Pass Hillside Cemetery, opened in 1887, and white-clapboard Hillside Bible Church, opened in 1884. Savor a downhill ride on Clapshaw Road, beneath a canopy of trees and ferns reminiscent of the Columbia River Gorge. Consider a half-mile, gravel road detour down Seavey Road to Tualatin Estates Winery, open noon to 5 p.m. weekends. The valley opens up on Greenville Road, revealing nurseries, corn fields and hay bales. On Harrington Road, admire St. Francis of Assisi Church, built in 1908, before pedaling past fields of rhubarb and strawberries. Take caution on Cornelius-Schefflin Road, especially during peak driving times.

ROUTE 2:

Grand Tour Length: 26 miles. Difficulty: Some tough hills, but mostly rolling farmland. Traffic: Low, but tricky sometimes, especially on the descent down windy Laurelwood Road Specifics: Start at Forest Hills Golf Course, at intersection of Southwest Tongue Lane and Golf Course Road. Head south on Iowa Hill Road, then east on Unger Road. Connect with Oregon 219, turn right, then right onto Bald Peak Road. Continue to Campbell Road, turn left and head to Laurel Road. Turn right and head west to reunite with Bald Peak Road. Soon intersect with Laurelwood Road, wind down the hill and turn right on Spring Hill Road. Travel 10 miles north to Fern Hill Road; turn right. Connect with Geiger Road, turn right, then hit Lafollet Road and turn left. Lafollet heads north, then east and connects with Golf Course Road. Turn right and head south to Forest Hills Golf Course. Highlights: Rolling two-lane Iowa Hill Road showcases nurseries, grapevines and blueberry bushes. Look closely on left for rare yellow yew trees; early settlers cut the sturdy wood for ax handles. Three miles into ride, pause at crest and soak in lush valley view. Along Unger Road, see dahlias for sale. Bald Peak Road offers farm houses. At Campbell and Laurel roads, take a refreshment break at Laurel Valley Store. Then gear up for calf-testing action on fairly steep Laurel Road. Take a breather, then coast down windy Laurelwood Road, beneath its beautiful foliage overhang. Spot bison nibbling in a daisy-dotted field. At Spring Hill Road, find a pioneer cemetery, then cruise through miles of orchards, flower nurseries and meadows bordered by ash trees. Finally, on Geiger Road, pass the southern tip of Fern Hill Wetlands.

The book she recommends:

"Country Cycling: The Country Side of Portland," available for $3 from the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Washington County, 5075 S.W. Griffith Drive, Suite 120, Beaverton.

Okay, all you vacationers, you heard the Lady, "get out there and pedal!"

June 30th: Cyclists have a host of choices in Washington County, whether they want a leisurely spin or a calf-burning churn.

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February 13, 2005

Tourism Offices of the United States

Many people ride their own bikes across America on vacation trips, personal journeys of one sort, or another, and for charity, among other reasons.

Many also go to particular places, on vacation, with cycling on the agenda, and either use their own bikes, or rent them.

As a companion to my list of similar sites in the cities, and counties, of California, here is a list of Tourism Offices, and their websites, representing all 50 States of the United States, and Washington, DC.

Like those other sites, let this be a source for your search for info related to road bicycling adventure.

Alabama: Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel.

Alaska: Alaska Travel Industry Assn., Visitor Info Center.

Arizona: Arizona Office of Tourism.

Arkansas: Arkansas Tourism Office.

California: California Tourism.

Colorado: Colorado Tourism Office

Connecticut: Connecticut Vacation Center

Delaware: Delaware Tourism Office.

Florida: Visit Florida

Georgia: Georgia Department of Economic Development

Hawaii: Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Idaho: Idaho Travel Council.

Illinois: Illinois Bureau of Tourism.

Indiana: Indiana Department of Tourism.

Iowa: Iowa Tourism Office

Kansas: Kansas Travel and Tourism.

Kentucky: Kentucky Department of Tourism

Louisiana: Louisiana Office of Tourism.

Maine: Maine Office of Tourism

Maryland: Maryland Office of Tourism Development.

Massachusetts: Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.

Michigan: Travel Michigan

Minnesota: Minnesota Office of Tourism.

Mississippi: Mississippi Tourist Information Center

Missouri: Missouri Division of Tourism

Montana: Travel Montana.

Nebraska: Nebraska Tourism Information Center.

Nevada: Nevada Commission on Tourism.

New Hampshire: New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development

New Jersey: NJ Commerce and Economic Growth Commission, Office of Travel and Tourism.

New Mexico: New Mexico Department of Tourism

New York: New York State Division of Tourism.

North Carolina: North Carolina Department of Commerce, Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development

North Dakota: North Dakota Tourism

Ohio: Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism

Oklahoma: Oklahoma Tourism.

Oregon: Oregon Tourism Commission.

Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Center for Travel, Tourism and Film Promotion

Rhode Island: Rhode Island Tourism Division

South Carolina: South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

South Dakota: South Dakota Department of Tourism.

Tennessee: Tennessee Department of Tourism Development

Texas: Department of Economic Development, Tourism Division.

Utah: Utah Travel Council.

Vermont: Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing.

Virginia: Virginia Tourism Corp

Washington: Washington State Tourism

Washington, D.C.: Washington, D.C., Convention and Tourism Corp..

West Virginia: West Virginia Tourism.

Wisconsin: Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

Wyoming: Wyoming Division of Tourism.

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January 26, 2005

California tourist and visitor bureau list

Are you a Ca. native, or a tourist from some other state, or country?
Are you a Bicyclist, looking for places to ride, and for information on those places?
Well, this collection of links to some of the California tourist, visitor bureaus should be a big help in your planning:

California Welcome Centers- Official State Visitor Centers across the State.

Amador County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau: 1
Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau: 2
(Greater) Bakersfield Convention and Visitors Bureau: 3
Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau: 4
Berkeley Convention and Visitors Bureau: 5
Beverly Hills Conference and Visitors Bureau: 6
Big Bear Chamber of Commerce: 7
Big Bear Lake Resort Assn.: 8
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce: 9
Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau: 10

Calaveras Visitors Bureau: 11
California Delta Chambers and Visitors Bureau: 12
Carlsbad Convention and Visitors Bureau: 13
Carmel Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center: 14
Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau: 15
Central Valley Tourism Assn.: 16
Coronado Visitor Center: 17
Costa Mesa Conference and Visitors Bureau: 18
Crescent City-Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce: 19
Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center: 20
Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center: 21
El Dorado County Visitors Authority: 22
Fresno City and County Convention and Visitors Bureau: 23
Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce: 24
Grass Valley (Nevada County) Chamber of Commerce: 25
Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau: 26
Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau: 27
Humboldt County Convention and Visitors Bureau: 28
Huntington Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau: 29
Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce: 30
Julian Chamber of Commerce: 31
Kern County Board of Trade: 32
Laguna Beach Visitors and Conference Bureau: 33
Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center: 34
Lake County Visitor Information Center: 35
(North) Lake Tahoe Resort Assn.: 36
Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority: 37
Lassen County Chamber of Commerce: 38
Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau: 39
Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau: 40
Mammoth Lakes Visitors Bureau: 41
Marin County Visitors Bureau: 42
Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce: 43
Merced Conference and Visitors Bureau: 44
Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce: 45
Mendocino County Alliance: 46
Modesto Convention and Visitors Bureau: 47
Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau: 48
Morro Bay Visitors Center and Chamber of Commerce: 49
Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce and Visitors' Bureau: 50
Napa Valley Conference and Visitors Bureau: 51
Newport Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau: 52
Oakland Convention and Visitors Bureau: 53
Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau: 54
Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau: 55
Oxnard Convention and Visitors Bureau: 56
Palm Springs Desert Resorts Convention and Visitors Authority: 57
Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau: 58
Pismo Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau: 59 and 60
Plumas County Visitors Bureau: 61
Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce: 62
Redding Convention and Visitors Bureau: 63
Ridgecrest Area Convention and Visitors Bureau: 64
Riverside Convention and Visitors Bureau: 65
Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau: 66
San Bernardino Convention and Visitors Bureau: 67
San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau: 68
San Diego (County) North Convention and Visitors Bureau: 69
San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau: 70
San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau: 71
San Luis Obispo County Visitors and Conference Bureau: 72
San Mateo County Convention and Visitors Bureau: 73
Santa Barbara Conference and Visitors Bureau and Film Commission: 74
Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitor Council: 75
Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor and Convention Bureau: 76
Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau: 77
Shasta Cascade Wonderland Assn.: 78
Sierra County Chamber of Commerce: 79
Siskiyou County Visitors' Bureau: 80
Solvang Conference and Visitors Bureau: 81
Sonoma County Tourism Program: 82
Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau: 83
(Greater) Stockton Chamber of Commerce and Department of Tourism: 84
Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce: 85
Trinity County Chamber of Commerce: 86
Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce: 87
Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau: 88
Vallejo Convention and Visitors Bureau: 89
Ventura Visitors and Convention Bureau: 90
Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau: 91
Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce: 92

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January 25, 2005

Around the world on 2 wheels

One mans journey of personal discovery involved leaving his life in America behind to pedal a bike around the world, vowing "not to stop until I was happy with my life".

Scott Stoll did an amazing thing in my book, and this story just barely touches the surface.

In his mid-20s, full of angst, unsure of where life in advertising was taking him or whether he really wanted to go there, Stoll asked himself a question back in 1996.

"If I could do anything in the world, what would I do?"

Pedal, he told himself. Maybe even bicycle around the world...

After bicycling 40,220 kilometers (nearly 25,000 miles, just longer than the equatorial circumference of the world) through 48 countries over 37 months, Stoll finally stopped pedaling.

His trip ended in October, and he returned to the US in December.

It was an exhausting yet exhilarating trip filled with both human kindness and treachery, with nature's beauty, challenge and danger.

It was a trip that initially involved only the US but, years later, turned into a decision to traipse around the world.

So, with a friend, he started off a new, in 2001.

The friend eventually returned home, and he continued on his own.

The farther they went, into Central and South America, the more they realized that world events didn't seem a barrier to their travels. He said, "We didn't have any problems until Europe," their next stop after a trans-Atlantic flight.

Europeans he encountered viewed Americans as fat and lazy and untraveled - stereotypes that made him angry and defensive.

"I felt I was the bicycling ambassador of my country," he said. "I'm aware that America has mucked around a lot, but I don't agree with anyone that 9-11 was what we deserved."

They avoided parts of the Middle East because of the war, but ventured into Egypt and found some residents particularly unfriendly and even threatening.

In Nepal, Stoll stayed discreetly inside a store while protesters burned President Bush in effigy during a protest on the street.

An often interesting, frequently dangerous, journey where he was sometimes afraid, but frequently touched by the people he encountered, led him eventually to the happiness he craved.

You can read some of his adventures here: The Argonauts.

The stories, and photos, give a fascinating glimpe into various parts of the world, and one mans ( 2, actually, if you count the stories of his friend ) personal journey.

Do like I have done, and save the link to the site so you can spend time, at your leisure, enjoying the adventure. ( It's gonna take me a while to make it through it all, trust me! )

Full News story-- MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL: Covering globe on 2 wheels by Laurel Walker.

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July 03, 2004

Have Bicycle Will Travel

I thought I'd begin a look at the growing list of Bicycle Friendly Mass Transit Agencies I'm cataloging with what I think was the 1st such agency in Southern California to put Bike Racks on the front of their busses:

The Riverside Transit Agency, in Riverside County, California.

But first let me begin by explaining why I'm making such a catalog in the first place.

For people with cars getting around is a snap, despite the hassles of rush hour, and for the bicyclist with a car, truck, camper, or SUV, traveling some place to ride a bike is just a matter of attaching the bike to a bike rack or tossing the bike in the back somewhere.

For folks like me, though, who have never owned a car, and rely on the bus for transportation, the options for places to go to ride my bike for recreational purposes were limited until the invention of the Bikes on Busses concept in the early 90's, and earlier I think, in some places in the country.

Living along the border of Los Angeles & San Bernardino Counties I could ride buses deep into 5 counties, but never take my bike along.

After OMNITRANS, the Transit authority in San Bernardino County followed RTA'S lead, then the 2 big agencies in LA County, and then San Diego County, got religion, the commuting, and recreational options for bicyclists opened up.

I was able to ride my bike from Ontario, 40 miles south to Lake Elsinore, and take a series of busses from there back home to Pomona using 3 transit agencies.

I would never have been able to ride the San Gabriel, and Santa Ana Rive Bike Trails, along PCH (Pacific Coast Highway), from Santa Clarita to Pasadena, or in the San Gabriel Mountains if not for the access to bikes on busses.

Stories like mine can be found all across America where, because of this program, people are able to find new places to ride their bikes, or to commute to, and from work.

Now back to the RTA:

The agency website is HERE.

RTA has grown since it began in 1977.

It now provides local and regional services with 41 fixed-routes in a service area spaning more than 2,500 square miles in western Riverside County.

The Cities of Banning, Beaumont, Calimesa, Canyon Lake, Corona, Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Norco, Perris, Riverside, San Jacinto, Temecula, and the unincorporated areas of Riverside County are covered, with connections to San Bernardino, Orange, and San Diego Counties.

While the main page of the website has links to news stories, and other information, there are 2 links that are important for the cyclist:

THE BUS INFORMATION drop down menu, and the PLAN YOUR TRIP button.

The drop down has easy to navigate sections for a Route Listing with links to individual route maps and schedules, a Route Directory for figuring out the important places busses go, and a Service Guide telling you what routes cover what cities.

With printer friendly PDF files, as well, this is all quite useful.

Thre is a link to an explanation of the fare structure, and bus passes.

The Trip Planner link provides you a choice between 2 services to help you plan your trip, and bothe are very easy to use.

TRANSTAR: The automated transit trip itinerary planning web services

METRO TRIP PLANNER: A service of MTA in LA County that covers 6 counties.

The drop down also has a link to the page for cyclists.

The information includes, in addition to the important advisory that forgotten bikes will be held for 5 business days, the following detailed, and useful, sections:

Bus Bike Rack Basics

Children and Bike Racks

How to Use the Bike Racks

Go here: For Cyclists

I've just learned of the new bus that goes from Murieta & Temecula, in Riverside County, to Oceanside, in San Diego County, and another within the county that goes from Corona to Temecula, and am already giving some thought to being able to spend a day riding my bike around the Wine Country of Temecula. :-)

July 3, 2004 in Have Bicycle, Will Travel | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack