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Allegheny Mountains Bike Tour

Posted by Doug Shidell, December 27th , 2016.

Bicycle touring in the Allegheny Mountains isn’t for the faint of heart. The climbs, and descents, are steep, the mountains are high and there aren’t a lot of flat stretches to catch your breath and recover. But for those who are up for the challenge, the rewards more than match the challenges. Bikeverywhere’s newest mobile map, Allegheny Mountains Bike Tour, lays out a route from Buffalo, New York to Yorktown, Virginia that follows the spine of the Allegheny Mountains through upstate New York, western Pennsylvania, Western Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia. The route follows mountain streams, climbs peaks, explores valleys and passes through dozens of small towns. Check out Allegheny Mountains Bike Tour Narrative, a first person account of riding this route in the fall of 2016.

For more information, Allegheny Mountains Bike Tour.

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Niagara Falls Bike Tour

Posted by Doug Shidell, December 27th , 2016.

Niagara Falls is one of the natural wonders of the world. Bicyclists can access both the American and Canadian Falls quickly by bike, but they don’t have to limit themselves to viewing just the falls. Bike paths along both the Canadian and American sides of the Niagara River allow bicyclists to follow the entire 30 plus miles of the river between Lake Ontario and Lake Huron. Another bike trail connects the two lakes by following the Welland Canals where riders can get intimate views of giant Lake Freighters as they pass through the locks and canals that bypass Niagara Falls. There are also road loops through vineyards, smaller trails and urban areas such as Buffalo, NY to explore. Bikeverywhere now offers the mobile Niagara Falls Bike Trails  for riders who want to see Niagara Falls and all of the scenic trails and byways that the Niagara Falls Area offers.

More information about the mobile Niagara Falls Bike Trails.

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Sheridan Veteran’s Memorial added to Explore More

Posted by Doug Shidell, July 12th , 2016.

Just added the Veteran’s Memorial to Explore More Twin Cities at Sheridan Park along the Mississippi River in Northeast Minneapolis. Dedicated to the veterans of American wars from the Spanish American War to the present, the memorial uses the arm shield as it’s symbol for warriors through the ages.

Sheridan memorial Park_main

Surrounding the main sculpture are a series of face images depicting the men who fought in each of the wars. This one represents the Civil War, the bloodiest conflict in the nation’s history.

Sheridan Memorial Park

To find this and other sculptures, download the free Explore More Twin Cities supplement to the mobile Twin Cities Bike Map


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“Convergence” Sculpture added to Explore More Twin Cities

Posted by Doug Shidell, July 12th , 2016.

Just added Convergence to Explore More the free supplement to the mobile Twin Cities Bike Map.


Convergence, created by Richfield Artist James Brenner in 2015 is located just east of the Mall of America in a roundabout at 28th Ave and Lindau Lane. The sculpture is 35 feet tall and surrounded by native plantings. It represents the people who interact and move through the South Loop District in Bloomington. Daylight flows through the ring in daylight and in the evening LEDs light the hoop. If you position yourself in the right spot, jets appear to pass through the sculpture.


To find this and other sculptures, download the free Explore More Twin Cities supplement to the mobile Twin Cities Bike Map

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Explore More

Posted by Doug Shidell, May 31st , 2016.


Wall murals and graffiti art, elegant public sculptures and whimsical chainsaw art, iconic bridges, unique water towers, Nice Ride bike stations, the Twin Cities has it all. Explore More Twin Cities, a free supplement to the mobile Twin Cities Bike Map, introduces you to the High Brow and Low Brow of the Twin Cities. Turn your next bike ride into an exploration of the things that make the Twin Cities unique.

Start with the basics by downloading the free “Amenities” file: Bathrooms, drinking fountains, DIY bike service stations, parking, scenic views. Exploring is a lot easier when basic services are listed right on your map.


Then pick and choose from your areas of interest: Historic sites, public art, Nice Ride Stations, Parks and Trails, or download all of the KML files. They’re free, and once you have them on your phone or tablet, you can toggle them on or off to make them visible, or hide them to give you a cleaner looking map.


This is a work in progress, we’ll keep adding more features as we find them. And we’re looking for help. If you discover something unique about the Twin Cities, locate it on your mobile Twin Cities Bike Map and send it to Bikeverywhere by using our contact form. Check out Working with Map Features for more information about how to mark your favorite spots on the map, and share them.

Download the free KMZ files into your mobile Twin Cities Bike Map and start exploring. (How do I do that?)

Get more from your PDF Mobile App: Working with Map Features

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Twin Cities Bike Maps in apartment bike rooms

Posted by Doug Shidell, May 10th , 2016.

Live Green Apartments recently ordered 67 laminated Twin Cities Bike Maps for newly built bike rooms in their apartment complexes. The bike rooms have floor and wall racks for bikes and hooks for bike helmets. This is a first, to my knowledge, in the Twin Cities. Kudos to the managers for their progressive approach to apartment management.

According to Leah Gannon of Live Green Apartments: This building is 2124 Como Ave in St Paul. We contacted the people at Smart Trips for ideas, and they were able to send us a PDF of “best practices” for bike racks/storage. We used that info and chose the things that would best fit our space, but still give residents some options. The racks are bolted to the floor for stability and we just followed the instructions for mounting the wall hooks.




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30 Years of Bike Mapping

Posted by Doug Shidell, April 19th , 2016.


If you like bikes and bike maps, join me this Sunday at the Hennepin History Museum. The one hour talk will cover the changes that have happened to Twin Cities area cycling since the mid-80s. I’ll also talk about how technology has affected map making, including bike route research. Stop by, I would enjoy meeting you. The History Museum is at 24th and 3rd, near the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The talk begins at 2:00 in the afternoon.

Come early to take in the High Wheels Exhibit presented in coordination with the Cycling Museum of Minnesota. The exhibit features High Wheel bikes from the 1880s, twin cities area cycling memorabilia and a cycling map of the area from the 1880s. You can also test ride a high wheeler in a stationary mount.


Plenty of bike parking and good access by bus. There is limited parking at the Museum and paid parking in the Mia parking lot, but Sundays are big days at the Art Museum, so parking space could be limited.

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High Wheel Exhibition

Posted by Doug Shidell, March 29th , 2016.

Great story on the High Wheeler exhibition opening this week at the Hennepin History Museum. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Cycling Museum of Minnesota. I will discuss the evolution of bike mapping on Sunday, April 24 from 2 to 3 pm.

High Wheel Exhibit

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Mapping the Second Golden Age of Bicycling

Posted by Doug Shidell, March 14th , 2016.


The Cycling Museum of Minnesota and the Hennepin History Museum have asked me to talk about mapping Twin Cities Bike routes for the last 30 years. I’ve seen countless changes in the routes and trails, the riders and the technology of map making. I’ll talk about those changes and show sample maps from over 30 years of recording the cycling routes of the Twin Cities.

Please join me at the Hennepin History Museum on Sunday, April 24. The museum is located across the street to the north of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Bike parking available.

Cycling Museum of Minnesota

Hennepin History Museum

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Updated Milwaukee and SE Wisconsin Bike Map

Posted by Doug Shidell, March 8th , 2016.

The mobile 2016 Milwaukee and SE Wisconsin Bike Map is now available. The updated map has new trail and bike route information, better graphics to show the difference between paved and gravel trails and a cleaner overall look. You won’t find a better bike map anywhere. Download the map to your phone and take it with you wherever you go.

The map will be updated approximately 3 more times during 2016, so stop back periodically to update your map for free. If you purchased the earlier version of the map, you can get this updated version and all updates for 2016 for free.

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