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Offline jim51

Adventure Cycling Maps - Missing Routes ?
« on: August 22, 2014, 11:04:04 am »
Why don't the AC maps show the C&O canal and the Great Allegheny Passage that connects Washington DC to Pittsburgh ?

And if that route is missing, what other great routes are missing?


Offline John Nettles

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Re: Adventure Cycling Maps - Missing Routes ?
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2014, 11:14:52 am »
I will let ACA give the official response but I would guess that with limited resources, they try to get the biggest bang for the buck.  Since it is pretty hard to get lost on a rail trail and there is already some maps available, they may choose to concentrate their efforts developing new and/or unpublished routes.  However, there are a lot of "missing" routes, too many and too subjective (what is great to you?) to list. 

Offline CMajernik

Re: Adventure Cycling Maps - Missing Routes ?
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2014, 02:43:34 pm »
ACA has mapped specific routes over the past 38 years and developed what we call the Adventure Cycling Route Network. There are groups, state and local agencies and regional organizations that also have developed/are developing bike routes, for example the East Coast Greenway and the Mississippi River Trail, Inc. And the Rails to Trails Conservancy had helped get numerous railroads beds converted to trails. We don't see these trails, and others like the GAP and C&O as a part of our AC Route Network. They certainly add to the overall choices where one can go on a bike, and we're happy to talk about them. We even use them on some of our tours. Many of these trails already have online maps or guidebooks. John is correct is saying that we try to stretch our resources instead of duplicating what is already available.

As far as I know, there isn't an online site or organization that lists all the different bike routes and trails all over the country.
Carla Majernik
Routes and Mapping Program Director

Adventure Cycling Association
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800/755-2453, 406/721-1776 x218, 406/721-8754 fax

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Offline jamawani

Re: Adventure Cycling Maps - Missing Routes ?
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2014, 05:02:12 pm »

Offline canalligators

Re: Adventure Cycling Maps - Missing Routes ?
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2014, 01:35:50 pm »
The Rails to Trails Conservancy the most complete trails listing.  Also check state DOT/AOT sites for state bike routes and traffic volume maps.