It’s a familiar conundrum for bicycling enthusiasts — the desire to explore new roads or trails on two wheels competing with the fear of encountering monster hills, heavy vehicular traffic or simply getting lost on unfamiliar routes.
“Where to Ride” — www.bikemaine.org/wheretoride — lets riders use a series of drop down menus to select from among 150 bicycling routes from Kittery to Fort Kent based on distance, terrain and level of difficulty.
“One of the things we get asked the most about here at the [Bicycle Coalition of Maine] is ‘where is a good place to ride?’” said Frank Gallagher, coalition spokesman. “In fact, our web page that lists rides around the state gets the most traffic on our site.”
But that page, he said, simply lists locations of suggested rides, with minimal information about the routes.
“Where to Ride,” on the other hand, is a completely interactive site that includes information about the routes supplied by people who have actually ridden them.
“Our original list of rides was filled with general information and links to other bicycle clubs in Maine,” said MaryBeth Luce, Where to Ride project manager. “But people really seemed to hanker for actual ride locations and we as an organization are fielding questions from riders all season from now until October.”
Julia Bayly is a reporter at the Bangor Daily News with a regular bi-weekly column. Julia has been a freelance travel writer/photographer since 2000.
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