- Adventure Cycling Association (ACA)
The county's largest organization of recreational cyclists, with 44,000 members. They support their members' use of bicycles for exploration, discovery, and adventure.
- American Trails
National, nonprofit organization working on behalf of ALL trail interests. American Trails' members want to create and protect America's network of interconnected trails. Information on trails in all states.
- Bike Maryland
A state-wide organization working to make bicycling a viable and safe mode of transportation in Maryland. Its mission is to promote bicycling, increase safety, improve conditions, and provide a voice for bicyclists in Maryland.
- Bikes Belong Coalition
A membership organization founded by bicycle industry leaders with the mission of "putting more people on bikes more often."
- Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
Promoting the bicycle as an environmentally friendly, healthy, and economical form of transportation and recreation through advocacy and education.
- Bicycle Federation of America
A national, not-for-profit organization working with people in communities to make America more bicycle friendly and walkable. Their resource center provides updates, information and resources for bicycle and pedestrian practitioners, related professionals, and citizen advocates. Now known as the National Center for Bicycling and Walking (NCBW).
- East Coast Greenway
Walkers, cyclists, and other trail advocates have joined forces around an audacious project, a 2,600 mile traffic-free path linking East Coast cities from Maine to Florida.
- International Bicycle Fund
A non-governmental, nonprofit organization, promoting sustainable transport and international understanding. Major areas of activity are non-motorized urban planning, economic development, bike safety education, responsible travel and cycle tourism, and cross-cultural, educational bicycle programs.
- League of American Bicyclists (LAB)
The national bicycle advocacy organization. The League of American Bicyclists was founded in 1880 as the League of American Wheelmen. It promotes cycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a more bicycle-friendly America. Membership includes 35,000 individuals, 450 recreational clubs (including the Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club), and 50 state and local advocacy organizations.
- Maryland Association of Mountain Bike Operators (MAMBO)
An organization of environmentally-concerned bicycle enthusiasts dedicated to preserving and improving the quality of off-road trails in Maryland. Their mission is to protect the current open access and to educate both mountain bikers and the general public regarding proper trail etiquette.
- Montgomery County Bicycle Action Group (MCBAG)
citizen’s bicycle advisory group sponsored by the Montgomery County DPWT comprised of representatives of the cycling community and citizens who meet monthly to discuss issues of interest pertaining to cycling in Montgomery County, Maryland.
- People's Alliance for Rock Creek (PARC)
A broad alliance of environmental, recreation, community, and park advocacy groups has developed an alternative plan for Rock Creek Park that would reduce traffic, improve trails, preserve native vegetation, and protect popular recreation facilities.
- Potomac Heritage Partnership
An organization that promotes the preservation and protection of heritage resources for the Potomac River watershed.
- Project for Public Spaces (PPS)
PPS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and sustaining public places that build communities. The web site has a terrific section on transportation and livable communities, with a large collection of photographs, including bicycle related photographs.
- Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
A 13-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching America's communities and countryside by creating a nationwide network of public trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors.
- Transportation Alternatives
A New York City-area citizens’ group working for better bicycling, walking and public transit, and fewer cars. They want safer, calmer neighborhood streets and car-free parks.
- Virginia Bicycling Federation
Help build a bicycle-friendly Virginia by joining a statewide alliance of bicyclists working together to improve conditions on city streets, rural roads and off-road trails.
- Washington Area Bicycle Association (WABA)
The area's largest bicycle advocacy organization. WABA envisions bikeways going everywhere, bike lanes on every road, bike access across every bridge, bike accommodations on all transit, and bike parking at every destination. WABA envisions cyclists choosing to go everywhere they possibly can by bike not only because it's the healthiest and most environmentally-friendly means of transportation but also because it's the safest and most convenient option. WABA envisions cyclists never getting harassed by motorists who refuse to acknowledge our right to the road.
- Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project
Web site for current and reliable information on the Wilson Bridge Project. The new Bridge will have a 12 foot wide pedestrian and bicycle lane with appropriate safety barriers, which will connect to the existing/proposed trail systems in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. A deck over the Beltway on Rosalie Island in Prince George's County will provide a connection to the proposed Potomac Heritage Trail.
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- Charles County Tourism
Charles County offers some of the most scenic bike routes in Maryland. An excellent map and descriptions of Southern Maryland Bicycle Routes can be downloaded or ordered from this site.
- Delaware Bicycle Council
A governor appointed council with mission is to "promote and enhance bicycling in Delaware." Established in 1990 by Delaware House Bill 505 to "consider, review and work on matters pertaining to bicycling, bicycle safety and bicycle safety education and to make recommendations to various state agencies." The Web site has much good info on cycling in Delaware and safety, education, and advocacy.
- District Department of Transportation Bicycle Program
DC bike maps and other useful DC bicycling info.
- Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (MBPAC)
A citizen/state committee formed by legislation and appointed by the governor to address issues and concerns for Maryland cyclists. ( also see: State Archives web page for MBPAC
- Maryland Greenways
Maryland's Greenways program works with public and private sector partners to preserve a network of natural corridors that connect areas of open space. Information on trails in Maryland, "Maryland Atlas of Greenways, Water Trails, and Green Infrastructure," and "Trail Watch Newsletters."
- Maryland Electronic Capital
A collection of Web pages providing information and services from government and community resources within the State of Maryland. Here you can find links to many Maryland government, business, education and recreation Web sites in Maryland.
- Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
A bi-county agency, empowered by the State of Maryland to acquire, develop, maintain and administer a regional system of parks in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in Maryland, adjacent to the District of Columbia.
- Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA)
Info on the Maryland Transportation Plan, MDOT's Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, pamphlets and brochures published by the SHA on bicycle travel and safety, order forms for bicycle maps, and Maryland bicycle trails.
- US Department of Transportation Bicycle & Pedestrian Program
Promotes bicycle and pedestrian transportation accessibility, use, and safety. Here you will find many useful resources for state and local government program managers and practitioners.
- Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments Bicycle and Pedestrian Subcommittee
Is developing a new bike/ped plan for the region.
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Useful information about bicycling in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.
- BikeWashington.org - Washington DC's Guide to Recreational Bicycling
Gaithersburg cyclist James Menzies' web site with suggested area rides, including maps, cue sheets, and terrain profiles. The routes are in and around metro DC and attempt to avoid heavy traffic areas by making use of various recreational paths, rail trails, and back streets. Although his site is aimed at All Terrain Bicycles, his rides and other info are good for hybrid and road bikes. The site also has a comprehensive C&O Canal Biking Guide
- Bowie Area Hiker/Biker Coalition
A Web site with cue sheets for rides around Bowie and Greenbelt.
- Cycling in Maryland
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has put together a listing, by region, of areas in the State that have trails for cycling.
- Kent County Cycling
Kent County Office of Tourism Web site has cue sheets and maps for rides on the Maryland Eastern Shore in the Chestertown area. Routes vary from short 11 mile warm-ups to challenging 80+ mile routes.
- Maryland Mountain Bike Links
Providing Baltimore area mountain bikers with links and resources to the best trails, shops, and attractions.
- Southern Maryland
The Charles County Office of Tourism has an excellent map and descriptions of Southern Maryland Bicycle Routes.
- Bicycle Self Tour France's Loire Valley by Don LaVange
Useful info for planning a self guided tour through a favorite cycling region.
- Caryl And Brian's World Wide Bicycle Adventure
On-line report from a couple cycling around the world. Their tour started in August 1995 and has already covered over twenty thousand miles. Every two to three weeks they write a newsletter, which is published on their web site.
- Chuck Anderson's Home Page
Read Chuck's bicycle travel stories and book recommendations and see his scenes from the road.
- Jan Boonstra's cycling pages
Comprehensive Web site with many pages on Jan's cycling touring in 32 countries. Also many links to other good Web sites on touring.
- Ken Kifer's Bike Pages
Information about bicycling, especially bicycle touring. It includes stories and pictures from Ken's bike trips, advice on making similar trips, practical, political, and environmental information about cycling, and humor. Excellent articles Ken has written on cycling and touring humor, cycling health and fitness, cycling safety, and cycling advocacy.
- Impressions from Bicycle Travels
Visual stories from America and Asia with photographs illustrating why traveling by bicycle is so special. Paul and Grace use their "camera lenses to visualize the feeling of traveling by bicycle: unexpected adventures, contact with other cultures and cycling through monumental scenery."
- Mike Vermeulen's Home Page
Trip reports of tours Across the USA, the Netherlands, the Rockies in Colorado the Atlantic Coast, the Dempster Highway, Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee ( BRAT), Hawaii, Across Canada, and the Pacific Coast.
A starting point for information about traveling by bicycle. Click on a world map for direct access to touring info for any country.
- Travel with Bicycles (Air/Rail/Other)
How to take a bicycle on plane/train/etc. How to ride in/out of airports worldwide.
- Trento Bike Pages
A collection of pieces of information about bicycle touring and off-road (mountain) biking in Europe and the Mediterranean. The main topics are trail descriptions and tour reports, but they also carry other general information, such as cycling literature and announcements of events relevant to recreational cycling.
- Vilmar's Cycling Adventures
Interested in riding across the US or down the Pacific Coast? This site has journals, gear lists, photos, tips, stats, links, etc.
- A1 Trails Guide
- online guide to bicycling, mountain biking, hiking and cross-country skiing.
- About.com - Bicycling Guide
A starting place for exploring Bicycling, with an About.com Guide. The site has bicycling links, articles, live chat, and bulletin board.
- Bicycle Web
Pages of links to Bicycle and Frame Companies, Mountain Bikes, Suspension Bicycles, Folding Bicycles, Specialty Bicycles, Bicycle Parts, Accessories, Bicycle Traders, Bicycle Shops, Racing & Tours, Cycling Organizations & Clubs, Cycling Magazines, Sites Outside the US, WWW Searching, Discussions & Newsgroups
- Bicycling Life
A Web site promotion of cycling as a "normal" means of transportation for every day travel needs as well as recreation and healthy exercise. The purpose of Bicycling Life is to promote bicycling by demonstrating that legal cycling on streets, roads, and highways is safe, clean, healthy, enjoyable, economical, and beneficial to society, and to provide bike riders with the information and encouragement they need to become vehicular cyclists.
brings cycling tours and biking trips from all over the world onto one website, making locating the perfect tour easy.
- Cyber Cyclery
Internet Bicycling Hub with links and info for web sites, e-mail lists, forums, directories, happenings, shopping, screen savers, and cyber-mart.
- Cyberider Cycling WWW Site
Information about all aspects of bicycles and bicycling, including advocacy, touring routes (in the mid-Atlantic US region), equipment, food, news, places, events, links to other cycling web sites.
- Cycling Related Pages On WWW
Pages of links to Bicycle Clubs, Businesses, Cool Bike Sites, Print Media, Pro Cyclists, Race Results, Racing Teams, Regional Info, Tandem Lovers
- Great Outdoors Recreation Biking Page
A site for adventure cyclists.
- Links to Other Bike Pages
from the Bicycling Community Page.
- National Bicycle Tour Directors Association
has a calendar listing multi-day rides that are presented by members of the Association. The NBTDA is a group bicycle ride coordinators and directors of tours that are three days or more, dedicated to promoting safe and effective cycling.
has hundreds of self guided bike routes with maps, cue sheets and descriptions.
- Stoney's Biking Links
The emphasis of this collection is cycle touring - tours, transams, travelogues, companies, magazines, maintenance and repair, manufacturers, etc.
- VeloNews, the Journal of Competitive Cycling
If it's a race on two wheels, they are likely cover it, and can help you train for it.
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- Local Bicycling Resources:
- Adventure Cycling Association. (formerly Bicentennial) P.O. Box 8308, Missoula, MT 59807, 406- 721-1776. A non-profit service organization for recreational, touring, and mountain bicyclists. It has developed a nationwide touring network, and is a leader in advocacy and educational programs for bicyclists. Membership $ fee. www.adventurecycling.org
- Arlington County Bike Trail. Arlington County Department of Public Works, 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 717, Arlington, VA 22201, 703-228-3681, www.co.arlington.va.us/dpw/planning/bike/bikemap.htm
- Best Bike Routes In Maryland. Ten waterproof, tear proof, regional maps in pockets, the whole spiral bound. $30 from Barton Dame, Inc., 1-800-394-3626 and through Maryland bike stores. Individual maps may be requested.
- Bicycle Tours Of Frederick County, Nine on-road loop tours from 13 miles to 62 miles packed with maps in a plastic folder. $4 + tax at Visitor Center, or $5.70 ppd. Tourism Council of Frederick County, 19 E Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701, 301-228-2888 or 800-999-3613, email@example.com
- Bicycle Routes in the Washington Area. Available in bookstores and drugstores, or from ADC, 5440 General Green Way, Alexandria, VA 22312; $ fee.
- Bicycling in Maryland, Bicycle Affairs Coordinator, Maryland State Highway Administration, 707 North Calvert St, P.O. Box 717, Baltimore, MD 21203, (410) 333-1663. Publications on bicycle laws, resources, and addresses. Free.
- Bicycling Routes in Lower Montgomery County, Office of Transportation Planning, Montgomery County DOT, Rockville, MD 20852; $ fee.
- Bikeway Map of Arlington and I-66/ Custis Bike Trail, Public Works Planning, 1400 North Courthouse Rd, Room 221, Arlington, VA 22201. Free map.
- Capital Crescent Trail
, P.O. Box 30703, Bethesda, MD 20824, Telephone Hotline - (202) 234-4874.
- Carroll County Bicycling Brochure, Carroll County Visitor Center, 210 East Main St, Westminster, MD 21157, (800) 272-1933 or (410) 848-1 388. Free map.
- CenterLines - the bi-weekly electronic news bulletin of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking. www.bikewalk.org/technical_assistance/resources_information/publications/centerlines.htm
- Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, C & 0 Canal. National Historic Park, Box 4, Sharpsburg, MD 21782. 301-739-4200 (phone), CHOH_Superintendent@nps.gov
. Maps, information brochures, detour instructions, and a list of sales publications for the 184.5-mile route from Cumberland, Maryland to Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
- Cycleways Bicycling Series, Cycleways, Inc., P.O. Box 5328, Takoma Park, MD 20912, (301) 434-4450. Order list available upon request.
- Getting Around Washington by Bicycle, Office of Documents, Room 406, District Building, 14th St. and Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20004, (202) 727-5090. Make check payable to D.C. Treasurer $fee.
- Greater Washington Area Bicycle Atlas, Order from WABA 1819 H Street, #640 Washington, DC 20006-3603, 827-9830, Or from AYH/PAC, 1017 K ST NW, Washington DC 20005, (202) 783-4944. Fourth edition, $11.95.
- Maryland County Maps, State Highway Administration, SHA Store, 211 East Madison Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 , 410-545-8747, http://www.sha.state.md.us/SHAServices/mapsBrochures/maps/OPPE/mapprice.pdf
- Metro-Bike-on-Bus All METRO buses have racks on the front for two bicycles. Racks can be used at any time and there is no charge. For information on how to use the rack see the web site at: http://www.wmata.com/metrobus/bikeonbus.cfm
- Metro-Bike-on-Rail, Bicycles are permitted on Metrorail (limited to two bicycles per car) weekdays except 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Bicycles are permitted all day Saturday and Sunday as well as most holidays (limited to four bicycles per car). Bicycles are not permitted on Metrorail on July 4th and other special events or holidays when large crowds use the system. For guidelines to taking your bike on Metro or information on the storage facilities, see the Metro Web site at http://www.wmata.com/metrorail/bikes.cfm
- Montgomery County Bicycle Map A comprehensive set of maps detailing existing and proposed hiker/biker trails within Montgomery County. An electronic version of the map is available for download from
. To request a copy of the Montgomery County Bicycle Map, send your mailing address to the Bikeway Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org
) or call (240) 777-7244
- Mount Vernon Trail, Superintendent, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Turkey Run Park, McLean, VA 22101. Free map.
- Southern Maryland Bicycle Map, Charles County Office of Tourism, PO BOX 2150, La Plata, MD 20646, (800) SO.MD.FUN or 301-645-0558, www.charlescounty.org/tourism/brochures.htm
- SPOKES, 5334 Sovreign P1., Frederick, MD 21701 Regional events. (301)846-0326. Free at bike shops.
- Trail Guide: Washington & Old Dominion RR Regional Park, Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, 5400 Ox Rd, Fairfax, VA 22039. Free.
- View Trail 100 brochure and map for a scenic bicycling tour of over 100 miles of Worcester County's unspoiled countryside. For more information or a copy, Worcester County Tourism, 104 West Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863, 410-632-3110 or 800-852-0335. www.visitworcester.org/viewtrail.html
- Washington County Bicycle Tours, Washington County Tourism, Courthouse Annex, Hagerstown, MD 21740, 301-791-3130. Free map.
- Washington DC Street Map, DC Department of Public Works, Maps, Sixth Floor, 2000 14th St, NW, Washington, DC 20009. To receive latest edition, send 9" X 1 2" self-addressed envelope with postage for 5 ounces