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Bike Bits Vol. 16, No. 5, March 5, 2014
This is the 329th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling's twice-monthly
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"All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware." 
--Martin Buber


Eric Weis, trail program coordinator for the East Coast Greenway
Alliance, wrote to tell us about a movement underway aimed at
convincing the Maryland Department of Transportation that the new
Amtrak Susquehanna River Bridge should be built to accommodate
bicyclists and pedestrians. If it happens, it would add a vital
link to the East Coast Greenway, while also helping define the
obvious route for U.S. Bicycle Route 1 in the Old Line State.
Learn more and read the petition:


Adventure Cycling's brand-new Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route
(IHSMBR) is a loop covering 518 miles through the heart of scenic
central Idaho, encircling the Sawtooth Wilderness, and skirting the
immense Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. "In the spirit
of the Great Divide, the main route primarily follows dirt and gravel
roads," said cartographer Casey Greene, who designed and researched
the IHSMBR. "However, for this route we've also added four major
singletrack options for truly adventurous and experienced mountain
bikers." You can read the press release here:
Also check out Casey's February 25 blog post, which includes some of
his stupendous photos from the route:
Purchase the route maps via this link:


Pedaling for a Cleaner America (PCA) is a national campaign bringing
bicycle enthusiasts and their communities together to reduce litter
and keep the places we cycle clean. John Deuel, who started PCA in
Norfolk, Virginia, with the support of the Tidewater Bicycle
Association, says that in his 30 years of public service and
cycling he has seen how litter and waste affect the natural beauty
of our surroundings. "I have also seen how people working together
can make a difference," he says. During his upcoming three-month
tour, John will be stopping in cities that have organized a Pedal
Up to Cleanup event to coincide with his visit. Through partnerships
with Keep America Beautiful, Adventure Cycling Association, and local
cycling organizations, volunteers and cyclists across the U.S. will
also be invited to conduct a litter cleanup together, celebrating
and promoting the results afterward. Learn more here: 


How would you rate your experience as an Adventure Cycling member?
Do you have ideas for improvements to our programs and services?
Each year we put together an online survey for our members to hear
about your cycling interests and preferences and to get your feedback
on Adventure Cycling's services, programs, and resources. The survey
results provide us with the much-needed insight from our members on
what we're doing right and where we can do better. The 2014 Annual
Membership Survey can be taken online anytime during the month of
March and will close on April 1. 


Registration is open for the 2014 Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge.
650 riders will enjoy some of the best riding and scenery in the
central coast region of California, including the massive Big Basin
Redwoods. While the flagship event is a 200-kilometer route with
17,898 feet of climbing, the Challenge also offers route options
of 100 miles (13,841 feet of elevation gain), 100 kilometers
(9,239 feet), and 35 miles (3,821 routes). Regardless of which
route riders choose to tackle, they'll be rewarded with great
on-route food and a post-ride meal. Proceeds support the Santa
Cruz County Cycling Club's grant and education programs. 


Shanny Hill of Tour d'Afrique is holding a small contest for a free
ride in conjunction with Squirt Lube. "The winner will get to go
cycling for two weeks in South Africa this spring on our Tour
d'Afrique event," Shanny said. Learn how to enter:


In 2013, almost two miles of new paved bicycle trail opened in the
I-84 corridor of the Columbia River Gorge, completing a safe
connection between Troutdale and Cascade Locks, Oregon. Additional
projects are underway, including a new trail segment between Wyeth
and Starvation Creek State Park. Future works will include
completion of the trail between Viento State Park and Hood River,
allowing passage through the Gorge without ever having to ride or
walk on the I-84 shoulder. Travel Oregon and the Friends of the
Historic Columbia River Highway are supporting research to analyze
the benefits of these bicycle enhancements. They're asking those
who rode a bicycle anywhere in the Columbia River Gorge during
2013 to please help out by completing this questionnaire: 
This September, Cycle Oregon, the week-long, self-described "Best
Bike Ride in America," will begin and end in the Gorge community of
The Dalles. "Our theme for the 2014 ride is 'The Magnificent Seven,'
in reference to seven Cascade peaks, at least one of which is present
on the horizon every day. It's also an ode to the famous Western
movie, and you might feel like you're riding through a larger-than-life
Hollywood set." Check it out: 


Is your club a member of Adventure Cycling Association? Participating
in the Adventure Cycling Bike Club Membership is an excellent way
for your club to support bicycle travel and the development of new
cycling routes, while gaining access to resources that can improve
and strengthen your club. Benefits include two subscriptions to
Adventure Cyclist magazine, special discounts on Adventure Cycling's
guided tours and route maps, and online resources that will help
inspire your club members to travel even more by bike. Encourage
your club to join today!


Julie Horton from ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours is proud to announce
the return of their popular Send A Teacher Traveling Award, designed
to recognize outstanding public school teachers throughout the
United States. "We believe that K through 12 public school teachers
are the nation's most important human resource," Julie said, adding
that by encouraging teachers to participate in educational, active
travel opportunities, they will in turn inspire students to consider
bicycle travel. Since the program began in 1996, the company has
awarded more than two-dozen free bicycle tours in Europe and Latin
America. Learn more here:


Until next time, click on to read one writer's
take on why fat biking is here to stay. 


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