National Cycle Network . . . Interstate?
I’ve got to admit that I’ve had my mind changed over the last few months about cycle paths. It’s been through a combination of “Look how good it is on a broad, flat surface without any cars” articles from David Hembrow, Marc at Amsterdamize, and Mikael at Copenhagenize / Copenhagen Cycle Chic.
Its also been due to the road works along one of my main commuting routes. Basically over a stretch of road that’s about a mile long, they’ve been replacing the water mains. This has taken about three months, and at times there have been four sets of temporary traffic lights. Seeing as I do stop for red lights, this was a real pain in the backside.
My brief discussion with Malcolm Shepherd, Sustrans’ CEO a few weeks ago also did a whole lot to open my eyes to the infrastructure that Sustrans have already put in place, and also to their ambition for how it’s going to grow in the future. I’m so impressed that I’ll be signing up for membership in January.
So I’m starting to be quite a fan of the National Cycle Network.
Now I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I have a crazy dream for 2010 - I want to go on a little sight-seeing bicycle tour. From Maine to Seattle, via Monument Valley. The direct route would be about 2,900 miles, but given the detour to see the sights, it’s about 4,100 miles or so.
But US interstate highways? No. Definitely not! So I was wondering how to plan this as a bicycle-friendly route. Which is why this post on C.I.C.L.E was so interesting today. It’s a plan to create an Interstate Cycle Network - the US Bicycle Route System.
Hmmm - I can see that coming in handy . . . .
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 12/09/2008
- Time: 23:41:16
- Total Time: 1:10:00.00
- Calories: 912
- Distance: 17 miles
- Average Speed: 14.57 mph