Thursday, March 05, 2009

Bicycle Trail Maps Available from Ball State University Libraries

Spring Breaking Away: Bicycle Maps from Ball State University Libraries

The Geospatial Resources & Map Collection on the second floor of Bracken Library recently acquired a copy of the 2008 New York City Cycling Map, which includes 70 new miles of bicycle routes, historic districts, and updated bike rental and safety information. The New York City Cycling Map includes maps of all five boroughs and also lists bike shops and repair shops. This map “was developed to encourage more people to bicycle by identifying a network of the best streets and park paths for cycling; to educate cyclists about their rights and responsibilities as roadway and park users; to inform cyclists about access to mass transit, points of interest and bike shops; and to recognize cycling as a legitimate mode of transportation.”

The GRMC also has a large collection of bike trail maps for those cyclists motivated to use their bikes even more as spring approaches. The Collection includes bike trail maps published by the Adventure Cycling Association. Many of these maps provide information about the condition and elevation of the trails as well as the location of bike shops, grocery stores, hotels, and post offices. These maps cover the Trans-America Bicycle Trail and route crossing all points of the United States from California to Maine and Florida to Washington.

The GRMC has copies of other bike trail maps of states, state and national parks, and individual counties across the U.S. Another new addition to the Collection is the Bike the Bridge San Francisco and Marin County bike trail map.

Maps circulate for two weeks or longer. Some of these maps, however, have not yet been cataloged and may not be located using the CardCat system, so please visit or call the GRMC for more information at 765/285-1097.

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