Feb 22, 2017, 8:44:38 PM2/22/17
I'm a cycling member of a committee in Downeast Maine seeking to develop maps and tools that can further bicycling opportunities in Washington County, Maine.
The overarching goal is to develop scenic routes linking regions around the Schoodic Peninsula, Jonesport, Milbridge, Machias, Eastport, Lubec, and Calais. The routes will be on the road and much of it close by to the Sunrise Trail, a multiuse gravel surface rail trail 100 miles in length. Cyclists in Washington County experience scenic beauty, rich natural habitats and unique qualities that make the area compelling for many.
Randonneurs have weighed in and offered important input. Now we are broadening our reach and seek input from leisure riders, touring cyclists, and other user groups who might be interested in bicycling in the region.
The map committee seeks to address your needs as we wish to attract riders who match up well with what the area has to offer. Any ideas, guidance, and suggestions are welcomed, greatly appreciated and will be considered.
What do you, as a potential visitor seek, and what qualities do you think make for an outstanding cycling experience? Are you already familiar with "downeast Maine" and can you comment on your cycling experiences there? Any thoughts about maps- do you prefer paper or digital formats both of which could be accessed through the internet?
Beyond helping this project, what gets discussed here may help other efforts forward cycling activities in other locales. We understand that a neighboring county is undertaking a similar project to promote opportunities for bicycling, and we'd be happy to share what we learn from you with them.
Rosendale, NY and Roque Bluffs, ME