15 comments


  • ken nielsen

    Nice one Russ.
    But what do you do about friends who shake their heads and look at you funny when you tell them you are going on a bike tour?

    February 18, 2013
  • Steve Cifka

    Russ,
    Great essay, pulling all of the aspects of bike tourism together. Wonderful to see how your advocacy is making clear the absolute joy of being out and about in the world, under your own power, connecting minute by minute with real people and a deep sense of place. Your work is defining this in new ways. Bravo!

    February 18, 2013
  • […] BTW, have a look at the great background piece from the folks at Path Less Pedaled on the subject of Bicycle […]

    February 18, 2013
  • […] Lately I’ve been thinking a great deal about bicycle touring and tourism.  I’ve written about the general idea on this blog before.  The central Texas area (Austin and the surrounding 11 counties) hold great potential for being a center of bicycle tourism.  Day trips and local tours, inn-to-inn, overnight camping, long distance bike touring/camping, etc.  We have the destinations.  We have the weather.  We’re struggling with infrastructure but making progress.  What we need is to tie it all together by extolling the economic benefits of bicycle tourism, especially to the more rural parts of the area.  A theme discussed in detail by Russ and Laura at The Path Less Pedaled. […]

    February 18, 2013
  • I have been living the dream of bike touring for quite a while now. My friends mostly encourage me, or pray for me. They love the stories I end up telling.

    Don’t worry about your non cycling friends. Some will never understand… but in the end, you will be the one with the COOLEST stories to tell your grands.

    Moni

    February 21, 2013
  • Great story, really captures the various aspects of cycle-touring and cycle-tourism. It’s wonderful to see so many communities, municipalities and non-cycling businesses embrace cycle-tourism and cyclists. Hopefully more will see the immense value in catering to our needs. Well done.

    Alex

    February 23, 2013
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    February 23, 2013
  • Interested to read your article. I do bed and breakfast at http://www.carrhousefarm.co.uk and to celebrate the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire 2014 I have bought 2 cycles so that guests staying with us can have complimentary use of them .

    February 24, 2013
  • […] with fellow advocates at the National Bike Summit has made us realize the importance of bicycle tourism to the larger bike movement. One of the most interesting presentations we saw was by Douglas Meyer […]

    March 13, 2013
  • Chuck Turner

    Right on. As a Californian who also likes to ride, I find that more people are coming to this state to ride the Pacific Coast Trail or Sierra Cascade one stretch at a time. With more advanced technology like smart phones, solar power, tablets, etc available, I find that getting out for a 3-day ride in the four corners of my state is now possible. The youngest generation is likely to adopt this model for decades to come.

    January 29, 2014
  • Jono Leslie

    Really interesting read/watch – thanks for taking the time to post.

    I cycled the length of New Zealand about 6 years ago – just a spur of the moment thing – no planning whatsoever! I could conceivably call it the best time I’ve ever had.

    Now I can’t wait to do a big ride again, hopefully when the kids are a bit older I can attach a trail-a-bike and convince the wife to join me for another circuit.

    Until then, I shall rely on these types of articles to keep me in my dream-state :)

    January 29, 2014
  • Hello
    I added your great article with a link and a picture on our help page: http://help.routeyou.com/en/topic/view/329/multiple-spaghettisauce-concept.en

    If you mind that I use the picture, please let me know.

    Kind regards

    Pascal

    February 01, 2014
  • Great article Russ. I would like to quote you in my Bicycle Destination Plan I am working on for our county. I want to use the second to last paragraph: “Bicycle tourism is varied and can take shape….”

    I met you guys in Iowa in November—appreciated your thoughts.

    T.

    February 03, 2014
  • John Bailey

    I really enjoyed this article and it was fun to daydream about each different type of bicycle tourism. I also think about places like Montreal, where we’re planning to go as a family, that have great bike infrastructure along with a well-established bikesharing network. I don’t know of any particular trail that is good there, but I do know that’s a fun place to bike around and see the sights.

    I don’t know if that is either a different type or just part of “destination bicycling.”

    Thanks!

    February 11, 2014
  • […] for our fenderered friends. There was quick stop was the Bike Hut to check out the facilities (go #biketourism!) before climbing Tunitas […]

    March 03, 2014

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