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The Adventure Cycling blog covers bicycle-travel news, touring tips and gear, bicycle routes, organizational news, membership highlights, guided tours, and more. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for daily updates.

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August 20, 2015
Idaho Wilderness Designation Impacts Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route
Idaho Wilderness Designation Impacts Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route

The creation of three new federally-designated Wilderness areas in Idaho impacts the White Cloud Option found on the Singletrack Options Map of Adventure Cycling's Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route (IHSMBR). Read all about these changes, effective immediately...

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June 25, 2015
Road Construction Impacts Bicycle Travel
Road Construction Impacts Bicycle Travel

Cycling season is construction season for highway departments. Now is the time to check Department of Transportation (DOT) websites for construction projects in the states on your intended route. Read more for alerts in Idaho, construction related travel resources, and ways to share construction information with your fellow bicycle travelers.

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June 18, 2015
Update on Montana Rumble Strips: Still the Wrong Way but Some Hope for Change
Update on Montana Rumble Strips: Still the Wrong Way but Some Hope for Change

We have more time to push for and negotiate changes in proposed rumble strip applications on the Northern Tier and TransAm in Montana – well over 1,000 people contacted Montana DOT and made a BIG difference – we will keep pressing for change and may need your help again in the near future.

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May 21, 2015
Bicycle Route 66 and New Mexico
Bicycle Route 66 and New Mexico

In April 2015, Adventure Cycling's Jenn Milyko traveled to New Mexico, "Land of Enchantment," for business and a look at Bicycle Route 66.

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May 7, 2015
Digital Data for Devices Release
Digital Data for Devices Release

In the summer of 2014 we conducted a test of digital data on one of the routes in the Adventure Cycling Route Network. Over the winter we combed through the feedback and distilled it to new downloadable products released on April 27, 2015.

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April 24, 2015
Montana Rumble Strip Update
Montana Rumble Strip Update

Last week we sent out an unusual alert about pending rumble strip applications on the Northern Tier and TransAm cycling routes. Based on your feedback, we are clarifying our message to "Wrong Way on Rumble Strips." While we fully understand the value and importance of rumble strips, these proposed rumble strips could force cyclists into high speed travel lanes with trucks and other motor traffic. We look forward to hearing from the Montana Department of Transportation but until we do, please keep contacting them. 

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April 16, 2015
Call To Action: Better Rumble Strip Policy in Montana
Call To Action: Better Rumble Strip Policy in Montana

Many state Departments of Transportation use rumble strips as a way to improve safety on highways with high numbers of run-off-the-road crashes. Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is in the process of updating their rumble strip guidance policy, and while they are working with us and Bike Walk Montana to ensure that bicyclists are represented, when it comes to actual implementation of rumble strips they are not taking cyclists’ needs and safety into account. 

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April 2, 2015
Riding Bicycle Route 66 in Stretches
Riding Bicycle Route 66 in Stretches

Besides all the nostalgia and scenery encompassed by Bicycle Route 66, another of my favorite features of this route are the multiple entry and exit points. While the main route beginning and endpoints of Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California are well covered by convenient entry points of, there are many others scattered at reasonable distances all along Bicycle Route 66. 

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March 26, 2015
Loop Tours Off Bicycle Route 66
Loop Tours Off Bicycle Route 66

A benefit of adding the newly minted Bicycle Route 66 maps to our existing route network is its intersections with that network. This post lays out three examples.

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February 26, 2015
SOLUTION: Bicycle Route 66 Concerns
SOLUTION: Bicycle Route 66 Concerns

We are happy to announce that our conversations with District 8 of Caltrans (California Department of Transportation) regarding the use of I-40 for Bicycle Route 66 have reached a successful conclusion!

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January 29, 2015
Call to Action: Bicycle Route 66
Call to Action: Bicycle Route 66

Over the next few days we are sending the Bicycle Route 66 maps to the printer. Unfortunately, we still do not have a satisfactory resolution with District 8 of Caltrans over access to the stretch of Interstate 40 between Needles and Barstow, California, where it is illegal to ride a bicycle.

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January 15, 2015
UPDATE: Bicycle Route 66 Concerns
UPDATE: Bicycle Route 66 Concerns

In November 2014, I wrote about the conversation we were conducting with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) regarding the use of Interstate 40 east of Barstow, California, for our soon-to-be-released Bicycle Route 66 maps. This entry is a follow-up on the situation.

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November 20, 2014
Bicycle Route 66 Concerns
Bicycle Route 66 Concerns

From the moment in November 2012 when we first announced the timeline for our next big route, Bicycle Route 66, we have been working to create a world-class bicycle route following the legendary Route 66 travel corridor. Over the course of doing route research, a trouble spot was uncovered in California where we had hoped to use the National Trails Highway (NTH).

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October 30, 2014
2014 NACIS in Pittsburgh
2014 NACIS in Pittsburgh

While Travel Initiatives staff Ginny Sullivan and Saara Snow had five two-wheeled reasons to visit Pittsburgh this September, Routes & Mapping staff had a cartographic one in October.

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October 9, 2014
Routes & Mapping Update
Routes & Mapping Update

It's that time of year when things are winding down for the cycling season and getting even busier in the Routes & Mapping department. We've got four bigs things on our plates right now.

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September 18, 2014
Route Planning: Do You Spend Time or Money?
Route Planning: Do You Spend Time or Money?

Having worked at Adventure Cycling for a couple of years now, I have heard a few complaints about Adventure Cycling route maps being expensive, and how you could just create your own route in Google Maps — and find services there, too. I’ve gotta say, I used to totally agree with these thoughts.

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September 11, 2014
Routes & Maps FAQs
Routes & Maps FAQs

As you might imagine, we get a fairly steady stream of map and route related questions. Usually they are variations on the same themes.

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August 28, 2014
Cyclists Only Camping: Barn Bicycle Camping
Cyclists Only Camping: Barn Bicycle Camping

The Barn Bicycle Camping area in the Methow Valley in Washington State is located on three of our mapped routes: the Northern Tier, Sierra Cascades and Washington Parks. The services they offer fall into our unique service category of Cyclists Only Camping.

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August 21, 2014
Oh Ovando! A Bicycle Travel Success Story
Oh Ovando! A Bicycle Travel Success Story

Small towns dot our route network from sea to sea and border to border. With a population of 50 people, the tightly knit community of Ovando sits on Montana Highway 200 in the midst of ranch country at the intersection of two of our routes, the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR) and the Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail. Ovando embraces the cyclists who trickle through their town every summer with great enthusiasm. In 2012 the number exceeded 400 cyclists.

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July 24, 2014
Crossed One Off the Bucket List
Crossed One Off the Bucket List

Going to the Sun Road and Logan Pass are jewels found on two Adventure Cycling routes — the Northern Tier and Great Parks North. I have long encouraged cyclists to be sure to time their trips on those routes to include this climb. Most years the pass is only fully open from about mid-June until mid-September so the window is pretty wide but does require some planning.

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July 3, 2014
Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route GPS Data Release
Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route GPS Data Release

GPS data for our newest route, the Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route (IHSMBR) is now available. This release continues the trend the paper map started. Where the paper map is a peek at what a redesigned Great Divide Mountain Bike Route map might look like, the GPS data is an iteration of what future GPS data might look like.

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May 22, 2014
Where Adventure Cycling Maps are Printed
Where Adventure Cycling Maps are Printed

The entire Routes & Mapping staff took to the road to visit our map printer in Great Falls, Montana, and learn what the printing process was all about.

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April 17, 2014
Can I Use this Old Map?

We regularly get a variation of the question, "can I use my old [insert name of route] map on tour this year?" The answer: it depends. There are many factors that go into making this decision.

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March 27, 2014
Bicycle Travel in Oregon Just Gets Better
Bicycle Travel in Oregon Just Gets Better

In December 2013, I had the opportunity to talk to Alex Phillips, Bicycle Recreation Specialist at Oregon Parks & Recreation Department. She told me about the 2012 Travel Oregon survey distributed to users of hiker/biker campsites in the state.

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March 13, 2014
Help Us Improve Digital Map and Data Offerings
Help Us Improve Digital Map and Data Offerings

One of the items on the Routes & Mapping team's To Do list has been to improve our offerings for mobile navigation. 

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