90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cycling Across The Country– Like Lewis And Clark On Two Wheels

(Gerhard Illig Kommunikation/Flickr)

Did you know that you can ride your bike from Pittsburgh, Penn., to Washington, D.C., without sharing a road with cars? That’s 335 miles, car-free.

You can also follow Lewis and Clark’s voyage on two wheels. You can even mountain bike from the Rockies in Canada following the Great Divide to the Mexican border.

Those routes and others are being mapped by the Adventure Cycling Association, a nonprofit that promotes bicycling by mapping out safe, scenic routes along converted railroads, towpaths and lightly trafficked roads.

They have also mapped the Underground Railroad path from Mobile, Ala., to Ontario, Canada.

CLICK TO ENLARGE

Adventure Cycling Association’s Jim Sayer says they mapped that route in partnership with the Center for Minority Health, a group that promotes exercise among African-Americans.

“There was a big desire to get more African-Americans interested in cycling and I think it’s really had that effect,” he said.

Sayer also says that for long distance riders, amenities like accommodations and restaurants are not far from the trail, and in fact, bike trails can generate economic activity for a community.

Guest:

  • Jim Sayer, executive director at the Adventure Cycling Association

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
  • Leveland

    Great story but ending with Queen? Only Luka Bloom’s Acoustic Motorbike would do justice to these epic rides.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

April 21 Comment

Remembering Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter

We remember the boxing champion, who was twice wrongly convicted of murder, with his longtime friend and defender.

April 21 2 Comments

‘Wait Wait’ Host Peter Sagal Runs Boston Marathon As Guide

For the second year in a row, the host of NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me" is running with a legally blind athlete.

April 18 12 Comments

When Your Life Is On Fire, What Would You Save?

Erik Kolbell's new book asks what's most important to us in life -- loved ones, possessions, personal beliefs and more.

April 18 3 Comments

Adrianne Haslet-Davis Becomes Advocate For Amputees

The professional ballroom dancer reflects on the struggles and triumphs of the year since the marathon bombing.