Join the New Britain bike tour on Sunday, Sept 27th

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DiscoverCT2015Come join us in New Britain on Sunday, September 27th, 2015, for the second installment of the Discover Connecticut Bike Tour, co-sponsored by BikeWalkCT and the New Britain Museum of American Art. This is a family-friendly event, not a race, with options for 10, 25, and 50 miles rides. The registration fee also includes brunch at the museum! I’ll be riding as a marshal/mobile mechanic to help folks in case of flat tires.  Learn more details and register for this event.

Check out the 10, 25, and 50 mile routes on this mobile-friendly interactive map that works on all computer and smartphone browsers. See the full-screen view, or type this shortlink into your browser: bit.ly/bikenewbrit

On Sunday, several of us tested the ride with the Bike New Britain organizers, Mark Hoffman and Bruce Miller, who have planned out routes that take us on bike lanes, wide roads, and parks around the city.

Tracy and Ethan Frankel met up for the practice ride at the New Britain Museum of American Art
Tracy and Ethan Frankel and others met at the New Britain Museum of American Art
The 25-mile route passes by Rogers Orchards and their apple cider donuts
The 25-mile route passes by Rogers Orchards and their apple cider donuts
All of the routes link up with the CTfastrak multi-use trail
All of the routes link up with the CTfastrak multi-use trail

The map above is also a mobile-friendly map that works on any smartphone, with no special app required—see more details further below.Before the ride begins:

  1. Type this shortlink into your browser:
    http://bit.ly/bikemapnb
  2. Turn on Location Services (your GPS locator) in your smartphone browser.
    – For iPhone: Settings > Privacy > Location Services > On (for Safari browser)
    – For Android: *instructions to come*
  3. If you get lost, pull off the road to location where you can safely use your smartphone, and click the “Show my location” button.

    Show My Location button in iPhone browser
    Show My Location button in iPhone view
  4. Optional: Save the link to your phone as a bookmark, or add to your home screen.
    – For iPhone: Press the “send” icon in the bottom center of your Safari browser, and either “Add Bookmark” or “Add to Home Screen.”

    iPhone send button
    iPhone send button
    iPhone buttons to save link
    iPhone buttons to save link

    – For Android: *instructions to come*

This web map is designed to supplement paper maps and cue sheets, not to replace them. This web map does NOT provide turn-by-turn directions. The mobile version requires a smartphone with GPS and internet service.  Always watch the road when biking, not your phone. If you need to use the web map during a ride, pull off to the side to view it safely. Remember that this is a free web tool, with no guarantee nor warranty.

To learn more about the open-source code, and how to modify or embed a map for your bike organization’s website, see http://bit.ly/bikemapcode or email me.

Free bike-friendly map for your website

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Does your cycling organization need to display customized bike routes on your website? Try http://bit.ly/bikemapcode, a free and open-source tool that can easily be modified and embedded in your website.

Click the screenshot to explore bikemapcode site.
Click the screenshot to explore bikemapcode.

Cycling organizations using this tool:

Learn more about the tool on GitHub. Share your feedback in the comments below.