Survey indicates how bicycle tourism may affect Route 66

The Adventure Cycling Association -- which produced a fine map series on how to cycle on the Route 66 -- recently released some findings of a biennial survey. With some light editing, I decided to highlight data that's most relevant to the Mother Road. My comments are in italics. 1. Boom in “adventure” and touring … Continue reading Survey indicates how bicycle tourism may affect Route 66

“Route 66 Bicycle Tourism”

By Emily Priddy Route 66 communities looking for ways to attract tourists with a fondness for mom-and-pop businesses might want to start courting cyclists. S.J. Morrison, director of marketing and planning for Madison County Transit in Illinois, said trail users in his area spend an average of more than $30 each at restaurants, gas stations … Continue reading “Route 66 Bicycle Tourism”

A closer look at the Bicycle Route 66 map set

I'm no cycling aficionado, but I'll confidently say the Bicycle Route 66 map series from the nonprofit Adventure Cycling Association will be absolutely indispensable for any cyclist considering travel on the Mother Road. The maps aren't just a bunch of GPS waypoints slapped on paper. They show two years of research and field work by … Continue reading A closer look at the Bicycle Route 66 map set

Bicycling Route 66 nearly 20 years ago

In recent years, this site has seen increasing interest in bicycling the length of Route 66. That interest undoubtedly will increase with the recent publication of the Bicycle Route 66 map series by the Adventure Cycling Association. However, cycling Route 66 is not new. Check out this video from 1996 by a central Illinois television … Continue reading Bicycling Route 66 nearly 20 years ago

Route 66 by bicycle

Andre Slabbert of the Cayman Islands last fall completed a 2,351-mile trip on Route 66 by bicycle in a bit less than month. That feat is remarkable enough, but he did it just three months after damaging ligaments in his knee during a training accident. The Route 66 ride raised money for the Nelson Mandela's Children's … Continue reading Route 66 by bicycle

Southern California 66 by motorcycle

Jamie Robinson of MotoGeo, a former racer, and a cameraman put together this good 13-minute video about Route 66 in Southern California on a Honda CB500X motorcycle. https://youtu.be/bL1CzJN2Qss The filming must have happened very recently, because the historic Cucamonga Service Station in Rancho Cucamonga, California, is sporting its new paint job. The video also doesn't … Continue reading Southern California 66 by motorcycle

Bicycle Route 66 map set is now available

The long-awaited Bicycle Route 66 map set for cyclists who want to taste the Mother Road now is available from its creators, the Adventure Cycling Association. The association made the announcement Monday in a news release. A few nuggets I've gleaned from the set: It contains six maps that cover all eight states where Route 66 traverses. … Continue reading Bicycle Route 66 map set is now available

California to allow bicycles on Interstate 40

The California Department of Transportation granted the Adventure Cycling Association's request to allow parts of Interstate 40 to be used as part of its upcoming Bicycle Route 66 Map, according a blog post Thursday from the association. The association had asked CalTrans to used parts of Interstate 40 because old Route 66 through parts of … Continue reading California to allow bicycles on Interstate 40