Touring the World
As the weather is warming, I dust off my bicycle. It got me to think about some stories that my 6th grade teacher, Mr.
Arnold, told the class. He spent the summers while he was in college touring Europe on a Bicycle. I was so fascinated at this concept of riding
around the countries. I have never ventured beyond my well beaten paths in local neighborhoods. Then I started to
wonder if cyclists would ride around the states.
And to my delighted surprise, I have discovered many bicycle maps in our own
library, then found more resources online.
you have any plans to vacation around the United States this summer. There are several tours specifically designed
for human-powered two-wheeled excursions. Be prepared for beautiful sites and wonderful adventures.
Some of the References
TransAmerica Trail - G3701.E63 2006.A4
Northern Tier - G3701.E63
Atlantic Coast - G3709.31.E63 s250.A3
- G3741.E63 2008.N4
(Great North Woods
- G3751.E63 1979.F6
Finger Lakes NY
- G3802.F5E63 1980.H4
Lehigh Valley PA - G3822.L44E63
Centre County PA - G3824.S8P22 2006.C4 (pictured right)
Sussex County DE - G3833.S8E63 2008.S8
Southern Tier - G3861.E63 2007.A3 section.1 (pictured below)
Rivers South - G4042.M5E63
Northern Lakes - G4061.E63 2006.A3
Iowa - G4151.E63 2000.I5
North Dakota - G4171.E63 1982.N6
Pacific Coast -
Western Express - G4301.E63 s250.A3
Colorado - G4311.E63 2004.C6
Search Keywords: bike, bicycle, tour, trails, cycle, "Parks and Recreation"
Adventure Cycling Association
Steve Spindler Cartography
Foltz (S.A.) Map Co
Cycling the Great Divide
GV1045.5.C69M33 2007 - Maps
Adventure Cycling in Europe: A
Practical Guide to low cost bicycling touring in 27 countries
- Paterno 3rd Floor
Bicycle Touring in Europe
D909.H394 - Stacks BA
Sustainable transport: Planning
for Walking and Cycling in Urban Environments
TE279.5.S87 2003eb (online
Bicycle Regulations and Information
Borough of State College Bike
Penn State University Park
Centre Region Bicycle Coalition
None of the tours have been tried
and tested by me but they seem to be a good place to start when planning your bike tour.
Researched and developed cycling
routes in the United States. Available
and followable through a network of Cyclists.
authored by the ACA have a consistent layout and presentation.
Each Area covered includes an Elevation
Field Notes, Riding Conditions, Climate and Weather Information,
Camping Spots, and Emergency Information, with approximately 15 small maps scale
1" to 4 miles to help you
navigate through every inch of the route.
(image from Southern Tier map)
You can find current events
scheduled in a region or state within the U.S. Each includes website contact
and website information as available.
People who have traveled
different bicycle tours have submitted reports about the trip to help the next
bicyclist on your travels. It contains
1676 reports organized by country, by author, by date, and tips. Check to see
if your local routes are documented and let them help you plan your next
This guide claims to be a
culmination of over 30 years riding experience. Includes map lists and guides that are useful resources: including North
America, Britain/Ireland and Europe.
This Colorado site offers Online
Maps, information about Cycling Events, access to Programs in Colorado, Cycling
Tips specific for Spring and Fall, A free Information packet, and a host of
resources when you are riding in CO. (image from Colorado Map listed above)
Oregon Department of
Transportation publishes bike routes along the coast. It can be accessed through their
website. It is in PDF form so you can
download it or print off specific pages for reference when planning an outing.
More resources are available through the state website www.oregon.gov
search bike routes.
Try other States DOT and search for Bike maps and Rules of the Road.
Zealand Bike Tour Map
New Zealand, there is a place to
dream of biking around, with link to Government regulations so you know the
rules of the road.
This site includes some tours, laws, and tips for cycling across the country.
Cycling in ASIA
I struggled finding bicycle maps to follow in Asia, however any internet search will provide you with an assortment of touring companies and blogs about personal experience cycling through Asia.
Try other Countries' government websites and search for Bike maps, regulations and guidelines.