This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Speaking of bike trails

    Right after posting the comments about the Stockholm  trails and lanes, I received a notice from the Southwest Michigan Planning Council.  Apparently, they, Adventure Cycle, MDOT  and several Michigan towns and cities have come to an agreement to add a route through Michigan to the national registry of bike routes.
  The route will be part of US BR35 which is designated to be a major north/south bike route from Sault Saint Marie to lower Mississippi.  The Michigan portion will run from New Buffalo, along the coast to Mackinaw City and north to Sault Saint Marie.  It uses some of the most beautiful coastline in the world as a backdrop while meandering through the forested hills and mountains of western Michigan.
   The US BR network is intended to be a network of routes recommended for cycling throughout the nation using existing state and federal highways.  No infrastructure changes are being anticipated except that the routes are being chosen and designated as those most desirable for cycling throughout the nation.
   There is more on the Michigan connection here:

unfortunately I couldn't capture an image at this point to show in the post, you'll just have to click on and go.
It's worth a little time clicking through the different features of the map.  There is an index of cities for the route which, when you click on them, enlarges that area of the map along with a menu of services in that immediate area.  That is a very thoughtful feature to be used on the road.  I can't wait to use it in real time.

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