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    cycling safe route from napa to martinez

    I need to pedal from napa to martinez but I don't know the area.

    would someone lay out a route for me on http://ridewithgps.com/?

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    You could ride along 29 to the Carquinez bridge, and then along the coast from Crockett to Martinez through the regional park. Hard to go wrong. Just watch out for drunk wine tasters in the weekend on 29.

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    Is the 29 a freeway partially?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bt
    I need to pedal from napa to martinez but I don't know the area.

    would someone lay out a route for me on http://ridewithgps.com/?
    I'm not going to register for that site and do the work for you. But if yours is an honest inquiry and not spam for the site you mentioned, may I suggest looking at google maps? I'd avoid Hwy 29 and use secondary roads down into Vallejo.

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    Have you looked at sections of the Bay Trail or the Ridge Trail yet? When planning a route Google maps is your friend as well as the satellite views. Look for anything that parallels the main road to avoid most cars traffic. Then take all of that and make a route map with mapmyride or one of the others.

    When you finally get to the Carquinez Bridge there is a fine bike path that starts just north of the bridge on the west side. It shows up on google maps. Then ride east on Pomona and work your way along the Carquinez Scenic road to Martinez. Part of it is closed to cars past Port Costa.

    Then post you report here. Good luck.
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    google maps is your friend there's a bike function now

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    Google Maps bike routing is experimental, and it shows. I once asked it to map a ride to Tahoe and it recommended a bunch of seasonal fireroads!

    I'd say it's probably fine for most bay area applications though.

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    yes I need to go from napa to the "amtrak" station in martinez.

    Not Spamming "ridewithgps" site.

    Just wanted some local knowledge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bt
    yes I need to go from napa to the "amtrak" station in martinez.

    Not Spamming "ridewithgps" site.

    Just wanted some local knowledge.
    Gotcha. Sorry if that came off too harsh. I don't have the local info, but think it looks pretty straightforward. I agree about the "bike routes" function in google being experimental, but the regular map and satellite functions are great.

    I'd try the same question over on the commute forum, and maybe road bike review. The other places I'd check would be the city web sites to see if they have some bike route info.

    Just looking at google maps, it looked like you could parallel 29 on the west side down past the Napa airport into Vallejo. At that point, there appear to be many options for getting across town.

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    thanks, yeah google threw out a pretty good route.

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