County Line Park to Ft. Stevens SP

This route is pretty simple. Head west until the turn off for the ferry to Westport; head west Warrenton; Follow signs to Ft. Stevens. The riding isn't so simple though. The route goes through the Coastal Range which means lots of hills. Then there is all the traffic on hwy 30. Overall it is a good ride though. Especially once you get to Astoria. It's a nice town.

Create your own bike maps with ridefreebikemaps.com. Create a map and save it online or print it out to use on a ride.
How To Create A Map:
Click on the map to create way-points.
Divide the route into pages by panning and zooming to a viewpoint that provides a good level of detail. Then click ‘Add Page.’ Repeat until all of the route is represented in a page.
Click the print button to move to print mode. Click the printer icon or user your browser’s print function to print the pages.




Click on the map to add way-points. To divide the route into sections click Add Page.

Want to save your route? Click here to access the members only map creator!

30 Responses to “Ride Free Bike Map Creator”

  1. lpcbcycling says:

    This is a great application! I’ve been trying out a few others and like this one especially because it doesn’t have a problem with “out and back” bike routes!

    Any chance of any of the following functions?
    1. add user supplied labels/descriptions to waypoints
    2. print cue sheets with waypoints (and their labels/descriptions) on it
    3. have waypoints appear on the elevation map

    CB and LP

    • Ian says:

      That is exactly what my long range plan for the site is. When I first started building it I envisioned making those features you want to see. I haven’t done it yet because I feel that the basic interface needs improvement. I will definitely add those features in the future.

  2. Brian McCarty says:

    A really cool feature I’d like – route splitting. Say I want to bike from Minneapolis to St Louis, going between 50 and 70 miles a day. It would then divide the route.

    Since auto picking waypoints may be hard you could do the opposite. Say I want the ride to take 10 days. just divide the route evenly (I can then tweak the waypoints)

    I’m trying to that manually (different route) and it is a pain.

    Just an idea

    Brian

    • Ian says:

      Thanks for the suggestion. Initially I was thinking of having the map be automatically divided into pages but I couldn’t find a good way to do that. In the end I’m happy with not making more things automatic. I understand that dividing a route like that can be a pain but having a choice in the routing can be a great thing too. Say you wanted to stop in Madison for a couple of days and explore the city. You could print up a bunch of pages without routes that would give you a good reference for getting around the city. Plus you may not want to travel the same distance every day.

      I won’t say that something like this will not be added though. I’ve got a lot of touring specific upgrades that I want to implement but I’ve put them on the back burner for now. Better handling of long routes it definitely something I will add.

      In the short term you could make a new route for each day. I’ll be releasing an update that allows you to view routes by author so you could easily keep track of what you have created.

      • Ian says:

        Selecting routes by users is now live! Go to the route index and click on any route author. This will bring you to a list of all the routes that an author has made!

  3. Joe Reid says:

    It may not work in Europe, but seems OK in Canada

  4. says:

    Used the creator for a little ride this morning. It was fun, but some of the waypoints add random side-streets and obscure bike paths when in bicycle direction mode. I tried to map out the exact route when I got back to the house and wanted to see if the mileage. Is there a calculator embedded?
    Thanks and keep up the good work!
    -Thom-

    • Ian says:

      Eh the funky routes are problems Google has with the routing of bike directions.

      As for the calculator, what do you want one for? I’ve thought about adding some more statistics in the print tab but I never got around to it.

  5. Goner says:

    So where is this “Plot Route” button I’m supposed to click after setting my waypoints? And why so few waypoints available?

    • Ian says:

      There isn’t a plot route button because the route is automatically plotted. I changed that in the last big update and I guess forgot to change the instructions.

      As for the low way-point limit, that is set by Google. The limit used to be 24 then Google silently changed it. After a couple of months the docs said that it was back at 24 but in reality it is still 10. There is a request to get this fixed so hopefully that will happen. I have been thinking about rewriting the app to fix this myself but I think it would be a large project because of how the directions are integrated into the Google maps API.

      You can help get this fixed by Note you will need to be logged in to Google to do that.

  6. Keith says:

    The divide button didn’t do anything when I clicked on it. I’m not sure what it was supposed to do, though.

    • Ian says:

      All the divide button does is set the map creator in the Divide mode as opposed to the Print mode. Click on Add Page divide up your route and get directions. When you click the Print button the pages and text directions will be shown.

  7. says:

    After reading the article, I feel that I need more information on the topic. Can you suggest some resources please?

  8. april says:

    This looks like a great website, but it doesn’t seem to be working. I can click the first way point, but when I click for the second one, it makes the first one disappear. The hand symbol for panning the map also seems to be all I can get… Is this because I am using it in Europe? I could get it to work in America.
    I am from Seattle planning a trip to Austria, Slovenia and Croatia.

    • Ian says:

      Ah yes it does in fact not work in Europe. Currently the app uses the biking directions from Google which is only available in the US. That said it wouldn’t be too hard to switch it over to using the ‘normal’ directions but then it wouldn’t route intelligently for bikes. I might make that an option in the future. It depends on how many visitors I get from foreign lands.

      • Condor says:

        Your app is brilliant, but I found I can only get the starting way point, no subsequent ones for trip for a group from London, across France, to Mont Blanc (and up). As a visitor from ‘foreign lands’ to your site could I add a request for a European option please? I’ve already told lots of people about your site. Thank you very much.

        • Ian says:

          Sure thing! The problem is that the biking directions only work in the US. I’ll add a menu to select between that and the usual driving directions in the next few days.

        • Ian says:

          I think I’ve got your problem fixed. I added an option to revert back to traditional driving driving directions which works outside of the US.

  9. Rich says:

    Wow. This is amazing! Can I plot a trip and then get it into a GPS? I’d like to bike from Maine to Florida, but avoid the traffic. Any ideas on routes other than Adventure Cycling? I’d love to be able to use this real time on the bike via ?? an iPhone GPS, or Garmin? Thanks for any help you can provide.
    RE

    • Ian says:

      Well Rich, in a word no. There are a couple of reasons why my app doesn’t do that. The terms of service for the Google maps API state that developers are not allowed to make apps for mobile devices that include turn by turn directions. Secondly my app currently doesn’t have a feaature to save routes so you can’t transferring them to another device.

      That said, lookup transferring a kml file to your device. Kml is a common format for map data which is supported by some mobile devices. I’d recommended sticking to paper maps because they are so low maintenance compared to a GPS device which will need to be charged and kept out of the elements.

      Lastly I’d suggest visiting bikeforums.net for route advice. I live on the west coast so I don’t know that area.

  10. Mike says:

    How do I create a waypoint? Clicking on the map does not do it.

    • admin says:

      Hmm it should… do you see any red markers appear when you click on the map? If you do those are the waypoints. If not then I’ll need to investigate this further. What version is your browser?

      • says:

        I also do not seem to be able to mark any waypoints on the map. All I see is the “hand” symbol for panning maps.

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  12. matthew newton says:

    Fantastic ap.
    Many many thanx
    Matthew

  13. colleen says:

    this is much easier to use! great job!!!!

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  15. Colleen M says:

    I like the new buttons!

  16. admin says:

    Right now I don’t have a function to change a way-point once it is created. You can always start over from the panel mode.

    As for printing, you can use the print function of your browser just fine. I’ll add a button to do the same thing in a bit.

  17. Ellen Harper says:

    I didn’t know how to print the bike map or how to take a red marker off the map if I wanted to change the route.

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