Thank you for participating in or supporting the 2nd annual Bike Travel Weekend. 935 trips with nearly 7,000 people throughout the world took place during the weekend of June 2–4, 2017. Read the full report.
Check out Bike Travel Weekend photos in our Flickr album and keep sharing your photos on social media with #biketravelweekend.
Is your business interested in supporting Bike Travel Weekend in 2018? Check out Adventure Cycling's sponsorship opportunities.
Save the date for Bike Travel Weekend in 2018, June 1–3, and enjoy going on bike overnights all year long!
Bike Travel Weekend is for everyone from experienced bike travelers to people who have never gone on a bike overnight. It’s for people who like to camp and for those who would rather stay overnight in a hotel or B&B. It’s for families who want to pack up young kids in bike trailers, or ride tag-along-bikes or strider bikes a few miles down the road or bike path to spend the night at grandma’s house. And it’s for hardcore cyclists who want to bikepack into the mountains or complete a century ride. Whatever Bike Travel Weekend is for you, get inspired with the resources below and start planning your trip.
If you’re new to bicycling, these resources can help you get started:
Bike Travel How-To’s: If you’re new to bicycling and bike travel, check out Adventure Cycling’s how-to resources to get started.
Bikeovernights.org: Adventure Cycling’s Bike Overnights website is a how-to resource with information about going on a bike overnight. The website is also a source of inspiration and offers bike overnight examples and trip ideas.
Gear Lists: Start thinking about what kind of gear you’ll need to pack for your trip.
Find an Advisor: Local experts in your area can answer your questions about Bike Travel Weekend and provide recommendations for bike overnights in your area.
Find a bike overnight on the Bike Travel Weekend map and join an existing ride or get inspired to plan your own.
National bike travel routes: If you’re planning a trip as part of a longer bike tour, check out the Adventure Cycling Route Network and U.S. Bicycle Route System for route inspiration. The East Coast Greenway, Mississippi River Trail, and the Great Allegheny Passage are other examples of long distance trails.
State bike travel routes: Oregon has 14 Scenic Bikeway routes. Many other states, including Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, have state bike routes, and you can contact your state’s department of transportation to see if similar resources exist where you live.
Where you sleep can range from remote camping to a five-star hotel.
Camp or rent a cabin on federal land.
Stay at a friend’s house, camp in their backyard, or stay with a Warm Showers host.
Other types of bike overnights.
Bring kids of all ages on your Bike Travel Weekend trip. They can ride their own bike from two wheelers, bikes with training wheels, to strider bikes. Little ones can sit in a bike trailer, bike seat, or tag-along bike.
Bicycling with kids: Adventure Cycling’s How-To resources can help you introduce bicycling to your kids.
If you live in an urban area or you are visiting an urban area, you don’t have to drive hundreds of miles to start your trip. Explore out your front door.
Riding in the city: Bikeabout provides bicycle tourism information for a list of major U.S. and Canadian cities. Find routes, maps, public transportation resources, lodging, and more.
Bike Share: If you live in an urban area and don’t own a bike, bike share can be a great way to check out urban parks on two wheels.
Bikemunk also offers a comprehensive list of bike share companies by state.
Turn your mountain bike ride into an overnight adventure. Make sure that biking is allowed on the trails before you ride them.
Check out bike overnight examples on a mountain bike.
Rules of the Trail: Get familiar with the International Mountain Biking Association’s (IMBA) code of conduct.
Bureau of Land Management: The BLM has many amazing mountain biking trails. Find maps, site information, and more on this site.
Mountain biking in National Parks: IMBA provides a list of the 45 park units that allow mountain biking on dirt trails and roads.
MTB Project: Search for mountain biking trails in any state and find maps, photos, and other resources.
Put your bike on a bus, train, or boat and use public transportation to supplement your bike overnight.
Amtrak: Amtrak has many different services that allow people to bring bicycles on trains — check out the options for the routes in your area.
Bike/Train Travel Map Tool: Adventure Cycling bicycle routes are overlaid with Amtrak routes on this map.
Boxing a Bike? Learn tips and tricks for the task dreaded by all bicycle travelers.
APPLY TODAY! Whether you are new to bicycle travel or looking to build your outdoor leadership skills, @adventurecycling ‘s Young Adult Scholarship program is here to help get you in the saddle and out on the road by providing resources and support adults ages 18 to 30. Find out more on our website: http://ow.ly/8KYj3059sFi Photo @saarasnow #adventurecycling #jumpstartbiketravel (at Adventure Cycling Association)
Bike Your Park tomorrow (Saturday, September 24! You can go anywhere- a national park, state park, forest, recreation area, national monument. It’s your ride. BikeYourParkDay.org
Photo by Roger DiBrito