Routes & Mapping now on Twitter

June 3, 2010

Updated May 14, 2019

As an organization, we have been using Twitter (@advcyclingassoc) to keep you abreast of organizational news as well as breaking news or interesting bicycle travel links. Routes & Mapping is happy to announce our adoption of Twitter to better facilitate communication between cyclists on the road and the cartographers back in Missoula as well as other cyclists on tour. Our twitter handle is @acaroutes.

You can use this tool to send comments — limited to 280 characters — called tweets, about things you encounter on the road that would be helpful to someone cycling through after you or that should be updated on the maps. (If you need more than 280 characters to express this information or it is a map update, please use the online Map Correction form). Some examples might be:

  • road construction or closure occurring on route, especially if it entails a detour
  • great ice cream/hamburger/pizza/coffee stops
  • excellent (or horrible, be honest) campground/lodging experiences

When you have a comment to make, include the hashtag associated with the route you're on in your tweet. Hashtags work like labels to help organize the information stream. The hashtags we have developed are listed below. (Note: capitalization is not necessary.)

#acaAdironLoop

#acaAHC

#acaAlleghMtns

#acaAtlCoast

#acaBR66

#acaChi2NYC

#acaChi2NYCPhilly

#acaFlConn

#acaGDMBR

#acaGrandCanyon

#acaGreenMtns

#acaGrParksN

#acaGrParksS

#acaGrRivers

#acaIHSMBR

#acaLakeErie

#acaLewisClark

#acaNoLakes

#acaNoTier

#acaPacCoast

#acaPotomac

#acaSierra

#acaSoTier

#acaTransAm

#acaTxHill

#acaUGRR

#acaUGRRDetAlt

#acaUGRRPitt

If you're new to Twitter, there are a lot of great resources available online. You can start with the Twitter Help Center and this How to Use Twitter video. The route-specific hashtags listed above are a great way to follow tweets related to your route of choice. To learn more about hashtags in general, the article "The Twitter Hashtag: What Is It and How Do You Use It?" has a good description of the concept of hashtags. Twitter also has a good description of hashtags.

We suggest bookmarking this blog entry for future reference. We will update the hashtag list as needed over time.

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GEOPOINTS BULLETIN is written by Jennifer 'Jenn' Milyko, an Adventure Cycling cartographer, and appears weekly, highlighting curious facts, figures, and persons from the Adventure Cycling Route Network with tips and hints for personal route creation thrown in for good measure. She also wants to remind you that map corrections and comments are always welcome via the online Map Correction Form.

 

Comments

Jenn, Cartographer November 10, 2010, 8:11 PM

Here is the link to the Forums. For some reason, the links I post aren't showing up:

http://www.adventurecycling.org/forums/index.php

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Jenn, Cartographer November 10, 2010, 8:07 PM

Hey John,

If you have a question about the Adirondack Loop Route, I'd suggest searching on our Forums and if you don't find your answer, posting a question. (It's free, all you need is an email account.) There is an active community of users there who would be able to help.

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Anonymous November 10, 2010, 7:44 PM

Can anybody who has ever done the Adirondack Loop contact John using ping1@hargray.com? Thanks.

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Jenn, Cartographer August 18, 2010, 4:13 PM

Hi Gonzalo,

Congrats for such an extensive bicycle adventure! As for cycling in the U.S. there are lots of options depending on what you are most interested in. You could start looking at ideas on the Routes & Maps page (http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes/network.cfm). Be sure to take a look at the Map of All ACA Routes available as a download in the right-hand column. Let me know if you have more specific questions.

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Gonzalo Sánchez August 18, 2010, 2:28 PM

I've been biking with my uncle for almost 3 years now, but mainly in South America as we live in Argentina.

Now, we are planning to go on a route to the US, where will you guys recommend us to go?

P.S. The twitter thing seems extremely helpful. I'll try it when I'm in the U.S.

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