Bike Route Rating Guide
This chart explains the Roman Numeral rating system used on this site
to describe various bike route characteristics.
In general, 1 is good, 5 is bad.
Please be aware that it is very difficult to characterize a ride with just
a single number, so be sure to read the route description before you head out.
||Little or no cars. Mostly paths or rural roads.
||Very Scenic - lots of trees, mountains, water, and other cool stuff like that.
||Some hills, but nothing nasty
||Some traffic but there are usually wide shoulders and/or side paths available.
||Mostly scenic with some urban sections.
||Rolling terrain, with one or two tougher hills.
||Some sections require riding in traffic lanes.
||About half scenic and half urban sections.
||A bit more roll, with several tougher hills.
||Lots of traffic and riding in lanes.
||It could be worse.
||Alps. Long brutal climbs
||Bring your flak jacket.
||It is worse.
This table shows the abbreviations used on bike route cue sheets.
Abbreviated directions (left, right, etc) allow more space on the
page for mileage info and comments.
||- Right Turn
||- Left Turn
||- Bear to the Right
||- Bear to the Left
||- Continue Straight Through Intersection
||- Cross Through Intersection (same as S)
||- Cross Over (Overpass)
||- Cross Under (Underpass)
||- Use Caution
||- Pass by a point-of-interest