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Old 09-09-14, 10:03 AM   #1
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Highway Travel

I知 trying to plan a route for my first tour. I知 planning on traveling around 141 miles.

As I知 planning my route, and doing a bit of research I notice that some people don稚 have an issue travelling on the highway for a bit, and some won稚 do it at all.

The route that I知 currently planning on taking does have a bit of highway in it. So I知 just looking for some input on how others handle highway time.
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Old 09-09-14, 10:14 AM   #2
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Generally speaking, cycling on limited access highways, such as interstates, is illegal. There are exceptions, but rare. I try to avoid highways, and there is usually an alternative.
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Old 09-09-14, 10:36 AM   #3
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I avoid a long time on highways but where I live they're a fact of life, depending on the destination. And I won't cherry pick the destinations or plan elaborate detours to avoid them. I'm not talking interstates of course. Just state highways. I do most of my routing with the TomTom iPhone app which makes bicycle routes. If I look at a map of the route and it's mostly straight lines, by and large it's a lot of highway riding. Then I tell the app to plan an alternate and if it looks about the same I'll do that again. Then when it looks like zig zag lines all over, I compare it to the original route. I'm willing to go 25% (or sometimes more) to avoid highways, mainly because they are far less pleasant - cars wizzing by, the sites are not as pretty, you don't meet people.

That said, I don't drive. My bicycle is my transportation. I'll ride however-long on a highway if that's the only way to get where I'm going.
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Old 09-09-14, 10:44 AM   #4
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How do you define "highway"?
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Riding on the highway ranks right up there with a visit to the dentist on the list of things I'd rather not do. And I'll do even more to avoid it, because after all, you ought to take care of your teeth. I always try to find less-trafficked routes, and when I can't, I just bear it, without grinning. One thing I haven't tried, is a good set of tunes, or perhaps an audio book. But when I have to zone out from what I'm doing and where I'm at, it kind of takes the point out of riding a bike. My preferred "highway" is the one that doesn't even have a stripe on it, and a car only now and then, and drivers who wave.
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Note: It's 'Dual Carriage' way in UK english .. limited access Freeways, the Interstates in the US.

Some places in the far west the interstate took over the only right of way available leaving you no choice
then you can cycle on the shoulder there and get back off again when side roads exist again.

' bike packing' is getting well off the beaten paved road tracks - back country hiking on wheels .

Maybe that is the kind of touring that will be more suitable to ride away from any highways at all ..

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Old 09-09-14, 11:26 AM   #7
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Depends on what kind of highway you're referring to. I recently toured through western and upstate New York and used that state's excellent bike route system which is largely on state highways with incredibly wide berms. It was a very efficient way to travel.
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If you're planning on the east coast almost any numbered highway that starts wqith an "I" (ie I95 I90) is off limits
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I was actually referring to the Interstate.

I'm in CO, and my understanding is if we have room on the shoulder and there's no alternative we're legal although very, very afraid while on the Interstate.
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I was actually referring to the Interstate.

I'm in CO, and my understanding is if we have room on the shoulder and there's no alternative we're legal although very, very afraid while on the Interstate.
Actually, the Interstates are safer than a lot of other roads. They usually have wide smooth shoulders, and traffic on your side is only going one way. I'd rather have traffic whizzing by me at 70 mph on an interstate than on a 2-lane secondary road, e.g., Montana. Having said that, it would not be my preferred route, but sometimes there is no other choice. Many of the "I" highways allow bikes, except where posted; and then there is usually an alternate to the Interstate in the posted areas. Just Google "bicycles on I-XX", and you will get the information about where it is legal to ride on the Interstate highways.

My wife and I have often opted for a freeway when it was safer than the secondary road running parallel to it. We've also been asked by the police to vacate the Interstate when we inadvertently rode in a prohibited area.

I've ridden this Interstate a lot from Hood River, Oregon to Portland, except where prohibited. They were training rides and the tail winds made me feel like a real racer when I could cover the 103 miles from my home to Portland in about 5 hours.
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http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/BIKEP...reeway_ban.pdf

I-84, US 20, US 26, and US 30 all converge for about 85 miles in southern Idaho. We were following 20, but there were no other options. Other than being noisy, windy, and hot; it was really very safe.

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This topic has been discussed many times. You will find them if you search.

A number of advantages to highways. Easy access to help, graded roads etc. But not for me. Too noisy. Plus debris. Those wires from steel belted radials can be like riding on a bed of needles. The short ride into Santa Barbara on the expressway is enough to last me a life time.
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Old 09-09-14, 04:56 PM   #12
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I apologize. I was sure that it had been but didn't see any topics devoted when I searched. I appreciate your input though.
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Old 09-09-14, 05:20 PM   #13
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I was actually referring to the Interstate.

I'm in CO, and my understanding is if we have room on the shoulder and there's no alternative we're legal although very, very afraid while on the Interstate.
Ok depends on which Interstate in Colorado.

For example, considering roads between Fort Collins and Cheyenne - I generally prefer I-25 to US-85. I would get on at exit 288 and from there shortly past the border. The traffic is high speed (probably 80+) - but the shoulder is wide and there aren't trees or other sight issues. The exception is if I know there is road construction.

In contrast, US-85 has less of a shoulder and only marginally slower traffic (probably 65+) and doesn't go as directly where want to go in Cheyenne. So don't live in Fort Collins anymore, but when I did and occasionally rode a mini-tour and decided to ride up to Cheyenne on Friday night, I'd often make that short piece of I-25.

The Clear Creek corridor coming down from Loveland Pass has continually improved, but when I was there, only alternative for first five miles from Eisenhower tunnel was I-70 and there was also a two mile stretch between Silver Plume and Georgetown so occasionally end up on I-70 for brief bits there.

I hadn't ridden as much in southern CO, but I-25 over Raton Pass was another instance of better than the alternatives and I understand other stretches in southern CO there are also periodic spots it might make sense to be on I-25.

So as far as how to handle a short bit of Interstate, including in CO and where there aren't good alternatives - I've taken those parts of Interstate.
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I知 trying to plan a route for my first tour. I知 planning on traveling around 141 miles.

As I知 planning my route, and doing a bit of research I notice that some people don稚 have an issue travelling on the highway for a bit, and some won稚 do it at all.

The route that I知 currently planning on taking does have a bit of highway in it. So I知 just looking for some input on how others handle highway time.
What kinds of roads do you normally ride on ... during the week after work, on your longer weekend rides?

I ride whatever's there.

I like large dual carriageway highways with wide shoulders. I like narrower less busy roads with decent shoulders. And I like quiet country roads with or without shoulders.

But I don't like busy highways with no shoulders, and will only tolerate those for relatively short periods of time before I start looking for an alternate route.
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This thread is in another sub-forum, but I've posted a lot of photos of the roads I like to ride there ...

What streets do you like to ride on?
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