i just found this really cool map at the LBS, which tax dollars have provided to me free of charge.
it graphs on a 3x3 grid road usage against shoulder width... so it is either a blue road.. which either means that the shoulder is under 2 feet, or the road gets 2500+ cars on it a day. or it's orange, which means that the shoulder is 4+ft, or there are less than a thousand cars a day. and pink is in the middle.
there are ways that it could be improved, but i think it is a great start. i have emailled the person listed on the internet as the contact in that particular highway department asking if it is on the net somewhere. i couldn't find it, but if it is i'll post a link.
does anyone know if there are other states with similar maps out there? i was ready to pay for this one and was delighted to find it was free. and i wouldn't mind paying for others if they are in states that i would visit. i hear that MA and VT have these maps available. ME, i think, was also mentioned.
it makes sense to have a "cyclists atlas".. i'd be willing to bet people would pay up to 25$+ if it was a useful enough book. i certainly would. i understand that those things cost a lot to produce, and the demand wouldn't be very high, overall. a high price is fair compensation, i feel.