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Pacific Northwest / Shoulder Widths / Safety
« on: January 01, 2019, 06:41:58 am »
Hello Lads and Lasses

Last summer I cycled trans USA west to east using a variety of routes - Lewis & Clark, Northern Tier, Chicago to NY.  Looking back, I am aware of the variation in how safe I felt cycling in different places.  If the road was not too busy (i.e. not too many trucks and not too many powered up monster pick-ups) and there was a decent shoulder, then the safer I felt.

One of the most useful things I picked up along the way was a Montana map produced by their State bicycle people which showed the traffic density on particular roads and the width of the shoulder.  It was very useful in choosing a route, or at least having some foreknowledge of what was ahead of you.  Very useful.

So, this summer I'm thinking of riding the Pacific Coast Route.  I'm just wondering if anybody knows of local maps which give information about shoulder width and traffic density for the PCR ?  The ACA maps really only give some general overall  information about the route.

Thanks.

Chris

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Routes / Trans Am Route Using Trails Where Possible
« on: December 17, 2018, 05:55:42 am »
Hello Lads and Lasses

I rode west to east trans-American last summer 2018, using a combination of the Lewis and Clark route and the Northern Tier.  It was good.  But, I have to say that there were numerous places where the traffic was difficult and dangerous.  For some parts I came across bike trails which were wonderful.

So, I've been thinking:  While I accept that it would be impossible to use bike trails (usually old railway lines) completely, has anybody ever worked out a trans-America route that uses bike trails as much as possible ?  Just a thought.  It would minimize riding on roads and competing with traffic (some of which can be very dangerous).

Any suggestions ?

Thanks

Chris

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