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Mobile 2015 Twin Cities Bike Map Updated

Posted by Doug Shidell, August 5th , 2015.

The 2015 Twin Cities Bike Map has been updated. Changes since May include:
* New routes through Downtown Minneapolis and around CHS Stadium in Downtown St. Paul.
* Removed Highways 6 and 10 around Lake Rebecca Park Reserve. Traffic has increased to intolerable levels on these roads.
* Removed Hwy 96 between White Bear Lake and Stillwater. Shoulder is OK, but traffic is very heavy.
*. Multiple changes around Elm Creek Park Reserve. Add some nice miles of road just west of the park reserve.

If you already have the Mobile 2015 Twin Cities Bike Map on your  phone, you can download the updated map at no cost. If you haven’t tried it, see details.

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Mobile Madison Bike Map Update

Posted by Doug Shidell, July 10th , 2015.

Pheasant Branch CreekI spent a week recently in the Madison, Wisconsin area  and came away with a number of updates, primarily in the western half of the city and western Dane County. Special thanks to Francis Stanton, publisher of Eagle Eye Maps for route suggestions. Francis has been riding, researching and publishing bike maps of the Madison area for over 10 years. He suggested several roads that provided ideal east west connectors between existing bike routes in western Dane County. Check out his Ridge and Valley Rides atlas for loops that follow the most scenic, low traffic roads within 50 miles of Madison.

In addition to the route updates, I was able to add shaded relief information to the mobile Madison and Dane County Bike Map. Shaded relief gives a general sense of the terrain in an area. with this addition, you will be able to judge how many hills you will encounter on any ride. This is a significant addition for an area that is as hilly as western Dane County.

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Valley View Rd Under Construction

Posted by Doug Shidell, June 27th , 2015.

Valley View Rd near the Braemar Golf Course in Edina is under construction. See the attached photo for an alternate route. This looks like major construction, so expect the road to be torn up through the 2015 riding season.


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Removing Bike Routes

Posted by Doug Shidell, June 16th , 2015.

Sometimes bike routes have to be removed because of traffic. The attached screen shots show three routes that are no longer acceptable for riding unless you are a hard core cyclist who doesn’t mind heavy traffic.

Delete Hwy 96
Highway 96 between White Bear Lake and Stillwater has wide shoulders, but traffic is so heavy that it isn’t pleasant to ride.

Delete Hwy 6

Highway 6, north of Lake Minnetonka, also has wide shoulders but far too much traffic. While researching this route, I saw drivers weaving onto the shoulder, possibly because they were texting and driving during rush hour.

New Route Rockford

Woodland Trail is dangerous. Traffic, including trucks, is very heavy and there is no shoulder. Note the alternate option on Greenfield Rd.

These changes will appear in the updated mobile Twin Cities Bike Map later this summer. Print versions will show the updates on the next press run.

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Rusk County

Posted by Doug Shidell, June 16th , 2015.

Rusk County, in northwestern Wisconsin, is one of the least populated counties in the state. The county has low-traffic paved and gravel roads that are ideal for day trips or short tours.
The land is primarily a mix of forests, farmland and marshes, with several large rivers and low rolling hills.

Brian Vanderah, an avid cyclist, has researched the routes extensively and put together a unique map of bike loops designed to explore the entire county. Loops range from 5 to 100 miles in length and are laid out so the shorter loops are also the flattest. Each loop starts from one of the main cities in the county (Ladysmith, Bruce or Weyerhauser) and a key next to each city gives distances. Because the loops overlap and share roads, it is possible to customize rides endlessly.

The longest ride, a mix of gravel and paved roads, explores the remote northeastern parts of the county. Segments of the 100 mile ride follow the shore of Dairyland Reservoir, the largest body of water in the county.

The free map is available for mobile devices using the PDF Maps App.

Download the free PDF Maps app.

Download the free Rusk County mobile map.

More about Rusk County.

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CrossRoads Stone Arch Bridge

Posted by Doug Shidell, June 2nd , 2015.

St. Anthony FallsThe latest Crossroads puzzle will appeal to history buffs, engineering geeks and anyone who needs an excuse to hang out around St. Anthony Falls. Follow map clues to the mill races below the falls, the Guthrie Theater, Stone Arch Bridge and Water Works Park. By the time you’re finished you will have a good sense about the early history of Minneapolis, how power is generated by turbines and how early power lines were inspected in winter. That is, if you aren’t completely distracted by the rushing river, the Minneapolis skyline and the food and drink along St. Anthony Main.

More information about Bikeverywhere CrossRoads Puzzles.

More information about the Stone Arch CrossRoads Puzzles.

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Mobile 2015 Twin Cities Bike Map

Posted by Doug Shidell, May 17th , 2015.

The mobile Twin Cities Bike Map has been updated. If you already have the map on your mobile device, you can go to the PDF Maps store and download the update at no cost. If you don’t have it, download it now for the latest information on bike routes and trails in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area plus surrounding suburbs.

The latest round of updates includes the River Bottoms Mountain Bike Trail, a complete re-work of the Shingle Creek Trail and new additions  to the Nine Mile Creek Trail.There have also been route changes in north and northeast Minneapolis, Shakopee, Fridley, and connections to the Inter-Campus Transitway.

Research is ongoing. there are already changes cued up for the next update. Keep in touch by checking back here or going to the Bikeverywhere Facebook page to get the latest updates.

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Using Placemarks

Posted by Doug Shidell, May 4th , 2015.

I’ve been using the Placemarks feature on the mobile Twin Cities Bike Map to locate puzzle clues for new CrossRoads Puzzles. Note the orange pins around Randall and Underwood Streets in the Fairgrounds.

The pins turned into clue locations in the State Fairgrounds CrossRoads puzzle. Placemarks can be easily exported from your mobile map and imported into another PDF map on your phone. In my case, I imported them into my GIS mapping software and used a smaller scale to show more detail.
Fairgrounds map

This image shows pins around the Stone Arch Bridge. Those Placemarks form the base for the Stone Arch Bridge CrossRoads, which is under development.

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Introducing CrossRoads

Posted by Doug Shidell, April 14th , 2015.

Bikeverywhere is proud to announce “CrossRoads,”  a new game for bicyclists.  CrossRoads incorporates the best of geocaching, crossword puzzles and scavenger hunt, and it’s all done on a bike.

The rules are easy: Find the map clue on the mobile CrossRoads map. Toggle your phone to the CrossRoads Puzzle to check the clue, then look around. The answer may be a sign, natural feature, a bench or part of a piece of artwork. Enter your answer in the CrossRoads puzzle and move on to the next clue.

It’s that easy, but don’t rush off to the next clue. CrossRoads is as much about exploring as it is about finishing a puzzle. Each CrossRoads is designed to show you around and maybe introduce you to a few things you didn’t know existed.

Try our first puzzle at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The Fairgrounds has over 20 tree trunk carvings. Find them using the CrossRoads map, then check the clues for the correct answer in the puzzle. Get started at the Fairgrounds CrossRoads page on Bikeverywhere.

This is a new game, so I’m looking for feedback. Contact me with suggestions, comments and feedback.

Enjoy the game.

Doug Shidell

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Madison to Devils Lake State Park

Posted by Doug Shidell, April 7th , 2015.

Merrimac Ferry Devils Lake 3 Devils Lake 2

Interested in bike touring, but not ready to take on the full journey? Try the Madison to Devils Lake overnight. It’s only 35 miles one way, so if you pack the wrong gear or the weather turns bad, just call a friend or family member. They’ll be less than an hour away.

This route takes you down paved low traffic roads through farm country and small woodlots, crosses the Wisconsin River on the free Merrimac Ferry and ends at Devils Lake State Park, one of Wisconsin’s most popular state parks. Spend the day lounging on the beach, swimming or hiking, then return the next day. Ambitious riders can extend the tour by visiting Baraboo, WI, home of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus World Museum.

Madison to Devils Lake State park

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