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Take A Trip Down Bicycle Route 66

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

 

Photo Credit: Michael Clark (image cropped)

Nonprofit organization Adventure Cycling Association release Bicycle Route 66, a bike map set taking riders down Route 66.

“The vision for Bicycle Route 66 is the same as the original vision for Route 66, which was to connect the main streets of rural and urban communities,” said Ginny Sullivan, Adventure Cycling’s director of travel initiatives. “Bicycle Route 66 will be a perfect choice for traveling cyclists looking to explore the American heartland's natural beauty, history, and funky out-of-the-way places.”

Bicycle Route 66 takes riders on a journey through the “Main Street of America” on suitable roads for cyclists, which include sections of the famous highway. The six-map set allows cyclists to ride the whole thing or try out a few favorite sections.  

Overall the map set covers 2,493 miles and covers eight states (IL, MO, KS, OK, TX, NM, AZ, and CA). Natural and man-made landmarks along Bicycle Route 66 include; Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Route 66 Museum in Clinton, and the Ozarks in Missouri. 

Each map includes turn-by-turn directions, itemized navigational instructions, elevation profiles, and information on bike services along the route. Adventure Cycling Association collaborated with cycling organizations, government agencies, and tourism bureaus to guarantee a good mix of historical sites, and cycling-friendly roads and trails. 

“People come from all over the U.S and around the world to travel Route 66,” said Bill Kelly, Executive Director of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway. “Bicycle Route 66 will enhance the non-motorized experience for cyclists touring the route.”

With 47,000 members, Adventure Cycling Association is the  largest membership organization in America. The association organizes more than 100 tours annually and publishes bike travel information in their Adventure Cyclist magazine. 

For more information click HERE.  

 

Related Slideshow: 10 Ways to Fight Bike Theft

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Register Your Bike

It is the simplest and most effective way to make sure you get your bike back after it's stolen. It lists your bike’s serial number with your name officially with the police.

If filling out paper work is too much trouble, at least make sure you have a picture of the bike and know the serial number. This information will help police find your bike and return  it. 

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Know Your Insurance Policy 

Some homeowners and renters insurance policies will cover bike theft. Hoffman said her renters insurance covered a large portion of her stolen bike, allowing her to buy a new one.

However, if you end up finding the stolen bike, you will have to buy it back from the insurance company. 

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Lock Smart

When locking your bike, stay away from the cheap options. Allard said 70 to 90 percent of bike thefts are from cable locks, which can be cut through with any $20 dollar cable cutter.

A U-lock is much harder for a thief to dismantle, unless they use power tools.  Locking the U-Lock through the frame and tire also helps, making it hard for the thief to make off with your wheel or ride away.  

Photo Credit: Walnut Studiolo via Compfight cc

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Park Smart

Be conscious of where you lock your bike. Try in front of ATM or other busy places with security cameras.  Also, avoid areas near electrical sockets so thieves can’t use power tools to cut bike racks or U-locks.

Although finding a safe spot to lock up may add a few minutes walk to your travel, it is well worth the price of your bike. 

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Try the Police

If your bike is stolen, make sure to report it to the police. Many victims assume it is not worth time or some even try to track down the bike on their own. Although many bike crimes go unsolved or prosecuted, some do have happy endings. Why not use all your resources?

And if your bike is registered, you have a better chance getting it back. 

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Make Friends With Your Local Bike Shop

Bicycle shops are a great resource, whether your bike is stolen or not. They have a touch on the pulse of the local bike world. If your bike is stolen, check in to see if they have seen it brought in for repairs, or ask if you can post a missing flyer.

They also can provide helpful tools and tips for keeping your bike safe from thieves, so it doesn't get stolen in the first place.

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Download An App

Technology is helping fight bike crime, one app download at a time. Portland’s Project 528 has one app that makes it easy to register your bike, and another that uses a network of bikers to send out an alert system if your bike is stolen. 

The Cricket sends an alarm to your Smartphone every time somebody touches your bike.

BikeSheppard also has an app to help register and report a stolen bike.  

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Crowdsource, Crowdsource, Crowdsource

BikeIndex.org. StolenBikeRegistry.com. NationalBikeRegistry.com. There are a number of websites that list serial numbers from stolen bikes. They also allow people who see suspicious bike advertisements to check to see if it is stolen property.

Social media is also helpful for spreading the word to friends and members of the biking community about your missing property. 

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Google Alerts 

A great number of stolen bikes are fenced via Craigslist and E-bay. So set up Google alerts that match the description of your bike. That way if anyone does try to sell your bike, you’ll know about it. 

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Expand Your Search

Just because your bike was stolen in Portland doesn’t mean it stays in Portland. A majority of bike thefts are part of large criminal operations. Allard said many times police will come across a number of stolen bikes while breaking up other crimes. Yet it could be hundreds of miles away from where your bike was stolen. So try police departments around the state. 

 
 

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