The modern information age of the internet has brought a lot of convenience to our daily lives. For cyclists, the availability of information has taken a lot of guesswork out of one of the most perplexing questions faced by many people looking to get on a bike: where to ride bikes! Finding safe bike routes used to be lots of myth and lore, handed down like grandma’s cookie recipe and passed around by folks at the local bike shop or the “friend of a friend” who rides bikes. I know, because I used to be that guy at the local bike shop directing folks on how to navigate the roads of Washington DC and Northern Virginia, helping them cobble together an enjoyable, safe ride. Fast forward 20 years, and the days of crib notes scribbled on business cards and tattered paper maps are now a thing of the past. Below are a few tips and resources to help you find safe, convenient rides in any location: -Local Municipal Websites: Since cycling is both a recreational activity and a form of transportation, many towns and cities have information  on their websites with resources for planning your ride. For instance, Seattle residents can access information, including an interactive bike map right on the City of Seattle website: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemapOnline.htm .  Municipal resources are often updated frequently, so search your locale’s official website to see what resources are available for bikes. -  http://www.railstotrails.org/  Check for local rail trails that have been converted to bike trails. Rail trails can provide some of the best opportunities for riding, often connecting other sections of rides or just being great rides on their own. - http://www.mapmyride.com/ This commercially run, user-supported site offers detailed routes in practically any location, and includes turn-by turn directions. There’s a mobile app available and ratings of each route. When I’m traveling to an unfamiliar area this is one of the first resources I’ll consult to try and find a good place to ride. - https://www.strava.com/  Strava is a website designed for competitive cyclists to compete against each other without the hassle of entry fees, pinning on race numbers and standing in line for a porta potty. There are, however, great benefit to this site for those looking to just find a place to ride: incredibly detailed route information. Strava is a site designed by and for people who use it a lot, and as such it’s not always the easiest to navigate. Routes are sometimes tough to find and the search menus aren’t exactly user-friendly; however, once you find a ride the information can incredibly useful, including elevation profiles.  Garmin GPS users may want to explore the Premium (paid) options which allow downloading rides directly to certain GPS units, but even for regular users the elevation information is great to see what hills lie ahead! Finding new routes is one of the great joys of cycling, and people love to share great places to ride.  All of the above are some great tools to help explore the road ahead!