Author Topic: Is there an interest in this area for a route?  (Read 12635 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline plcdoctor

Is there an interest in this area for a route?
« on: May 23, 2010, 09:00:05 pm »
I live out in the middle of the San Joaquin Valley of California and was wondering if there is going to be a route through the central valley. I was excited to see the Sierra Cascades route open. It has always amazed me that health conscious California doesn't promote more cycling in the state.

Offline DwarvenChef

Re: Is there an interest in this area for a route?
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2010, 04:18:51 pm »
I ride around the Fresno/Madera County area and find riding info few and far between. It seems to be word of mouth from LBS's or if lucky from some other riders. I'm stuck here for anoth 5+ years and would love to see some headway on getting some routes through here :)
Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.

Offline Westinghouse

Re: Is there an interest in this area for a route?
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2011, 04:29:26 am »
There is a book titled, "Outings on Wheels." It was put out by the Sierra Club. It maps out quite a few bike routes in that region.

Offline way2fractious

Re: Is there an interest in this area for a route?
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2013, 02:52:22 pm »
I have lived in California's Central Valley for decades and understand some of the demographic and climatic challenges of this state. Water is not the only resource that gets sucked up by the huge cities (voting blocks) on the coast. In addition to the dryness, it gets infernally hot in the northern Sacramento Valley and in the southern San Joaquin Valley during the summer.

California's barest nod to valley bicycle touring, in the form of the water-stealing-canal maintenance roads, is not pretty and is wholly inadequate: the paths are completely exposed (not a tree in sight), have no facilities anywhere (can't swim in them, can't drink from them), every bisecting country road has a set of "bike-unfriendly" gates to negotiate (even without panniers or trailer), and there are no "destinations" at start or finish (a path to and from nowhere.)

These are tremendously large valleys, with relatively few people living in them. California's State Route system roads usually have some decent shoulders on them, but those quite often get dicey or peter out altogether.

All that said - and lack of bike route notwithstanding - I am planning to ride State Route 33 from Tracy to Ventura this summer (July 2013). Wish me luck.

w2f

Offline Vikingdave57

Re: Is there an interest in this area for a route?
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2014, 08:08:08 pm »
Yes, we need a central California route. California being such a large state with so much to offer we need a way to enjoy the state by bicycle.

Is there any traction on this issue?