A Mashup of Mass (and NE) Rides

Show me the wayThe folks over at BikeNewEngland.com have put together a pretty cool mash up of bike route resources for Massachusetts and beyond. A nifty little overview shows you graphically where each route starting point is at. The little bike rider icons are color coded for the various types of routes included – their own (it’s a touring company),  different bike clubs, Map My Ride favoorites (that’s a great site – see earlier post), fundraising rides and state resources.

The interface is a bit clunky in that it’s hard (impossible) to zoom in on areas where there are many routes, but if you dig around there are a ton of resources. Because they are gathered from so many sites, you’ll need to deal with getting info in a variety of formats and popping out to different external web sites, but the authors are to be commended for their efforts. I’ve not come across another site that attempts to gather and categorize so many great resources all in one place.

So, go check it out as part of your ramp up for spring and summer riding. The direct link to the map resource page is http://www.bikenewengland.com/bike_maps.html.

Photo Credit: Bruce Berrien

Find A Safe Route Through Boston

Safe Routes Navigating the streets of Boston and Cambridge safely can be tricky, even for experienced cyclists and commuters. Many tips are shared via riding buddies, cycling clubs and around the water cooler. Now there’s another great “Web 2.0” resource for getting and sharing tips in the Boston area – The Right Ride website at therightride.org.

The site is a nice little mash up with Google Maps that allows contributors to point out hazards and identify safe routes. Maps can be marked up by anyone who is a member (membership is free) and the implementation is very nice. Comments pop up for each hazard or safe route and each entry can be rated by subsequent visitors to the site.

Of course, all the information is unverified advice as the site’s disclaimer points out, so use it at your own risk. Still, the site has a lot of potential to be useful and should certainly be better than just going out to chart your own routes from scratch.

Photo Credit: Hey Paul