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StopMeansStop
08-15-2010, 01:54 AM
Is there any rhyme nor reason to those green Bicycle Trail signs?

I was trying out one of the "loops" and saw several of the signs, but most of them didn't have arrows or anything else. If I weren't holding a piece of paper telling me which streets to turn at I would never have figured it out.

Any suggestions for using the bike routes?

RideTheWomble
08-15-2010, 07:19 AM
It sounds like you did it right. Grab a cue sheet, and go! For even more information, Arlington puts out a very detailed bike map. You can pick one up for free (well, you paid for it with your taxes and fees) all over town. Most bike shops, and the Commuter Store, have them.

I'm no traffic engineer, but I thought bike route signs were merely for designation of the street or path. I don't think they have a navigational intent.

StopMeansStop
08-15-2010, 01:02 PM
I was hoping to find an iPhone app or something that would give turn by turn directions, or at least a "beep" when you are about to make a turn. Although I did find CycleMeter, which is pretty darn cool.

Tim Kelley
08-16-2010, 08:40 AM
Yes, Womble is correct--the green signs you are seeing are merely to designate a "recommended" road for bikes to use. (low traffic, wide lanes, etc...)

If you are looking for turn-by-turn directions, you should look at the Garmin Edge 705 which can do navigation like that and has a bunch of other options too. It's a little pricey though!