Bike trail maps then and now for the Sonoma/Mendocino area
Do you have your bike trail maps ready?
Checking the weather report for this week, it seems that it will be perfect for a bike trip along the Sea Ranch trails and throughout Sonoma/Mendocino counties the only challenge will be to select the perfect one for you. How does your choice compare to the routes pictured in this 1896 bicycling map of Sonoma County? Imagine how car free the roads would have been then, given that the Ford Model T was not produced until 1908!
|Map of California Roads for Cyclers, copyrighted in 1895
Cyclers could purchase the Map of California Roads for Cyclers for $1, a value of $25 with today’s rate of inflation. The map could be found in The Cyclers’ Guide and Road Book of California Containing Map of California in relief with principal Roads, Seven Sectional Maps showing all available Roads for Cyclers from Chico to San Diego, and a Map of Golden Gate Park. These books of maps published in1896 were compiled and published by George W. Blum.
The map’s key shows abbreviations to first road conditions, and second to road grade.
- First initial- Road condition key: G (good) F (fair) P (poor) V.P. (very poor)
- Second initial-Grade of the road key: L (level) R (rolling) H (hilly) M (mountainous)
Have you biked any of these routes?
Planning for your bike trip while at Sea Ranch Abalone Bay Vacation Home
When you book your stay at Abalone Bay, be sure to pack your bikes! There are many trails old and new you will want to explore and to help you enjoy your biking adventures we provide guide books as one of our amenities.
If you have no bike nor room in which to pack it, no worries! Sea Ranch Bike Rentals provides delivery and pick up directly to Abalone Bay. Their Specialized Expedition Bikes offer the ultimate in cruising comfort, with Specialized’s Ground Control geometry for an easy, upright body position, and a smooth ride thanks to the cushy suspension fork, plus a lightweight aluminum frame, 7-speed Shimano shifter and a comfy spring-mounted seat. Each bike comes with a helmet and a cable lock. Handlebar-mounted baskets are available.
Below are links to information about bike rider organizations and trails in the Mendonoma area that you may wish to explore while visiting Sea Ranch Abalone Bay Vacation Home:
Sonoma’s Countywide Bike Plan offers three types of bikeways:
- Class I Bikeway – Provides a completely separated right-of-way for the exclusive use of bicycles and pedestrians with cross-flow of motorized traffic minimized.
- Class II Bikeway – Provides striped lane for one-way bike travel on a street or highway.
- Class III Bikeway – Provides shared use with pedestrians or motor vehicles.