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Harvey Botzman, author
    Writing the tour guides or how the guides are written

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                        Photograph by Ferguson & Katzman, St. Louis MO for the USPS
                                             In the Office

    If you are touring the Great Lakes, Erie Canal and New York State's Finger Lakes during a major bicycle ride or bicycle race then you are in for a treat. Sipping locally made wine, cheese and bread as you wait for and watch the cyclists pass your view is the essence of this scenic area's ambiance.
                                                                 Harvey Botzman, Author, March, 2007.

    In March, 2007, Harvey was elected to be a member of the New York Bicycling Coalition Board of Directors. The Coalition is the primary bicycling advocacy organization in New York State. 
    From June through October, 2003 Harvey Botzman and Cyclotour Guide Books were featured on posters in the every United States Post Office. It was a great honor being chosen as a winner of the United States Postal Service's Real People, Real Success contest for small businesses.
    Harvey wrote a 125 word essay based on the topic, How does the Postal Service help your business? In an interview with Neil Sandler of Spokes Magazine, Harvey stated, It is much more difficult writing a concise 125 word essay on a topic than writing an entire book!
    There were 21 winners out of 10,000 entries. Contestants had to submit proof that they used the Postal Service product they wrote about. Since Cyclotour Guide Books' preferred method of sending its products is by USPS Priority Mail and Global Priority Mail it was easy to think about how efficient and cost effective the Postal Service is for small businesses.
    Harvey and Cyclotour Guide Books thanks the men and women of the United States Postal Service for the cheerful and excellent service they have rendered to us over the past 10 years. 

    Harvey’s cyclotours include traveling southward on the Pacific coast bicycle route from Vancouver, BC to Oakland, CA; along the Atlantic coast from Wilmington, DE to Fort Lauderdale, FL; across the tip of Florida through Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Swamp; from Rochester, NY to Chicago, IL via Sault Ste. Marie; ‘round Lake Ontario; ‘round Lake Erie; ‘round Lake Michigan; ‘round Lake Huron; 'round Lake Superior; the 11 Finger Lakes of New York State; the entire New York State Canal System from Niagara Falls (Tonawanda), NY to Lake Champlain; and parts of Québec’s Chambly Canal from Lake Champlain to Montréal, QC.
    You can use Harvey’s tour guides whether you bicycle tour with a tiny load (some clothing, snacks and a credit card); a partial load (staying in commercial lodging; a full load (camping); or are a motorist. Harvey usually cyclotours fully loaded with camping gear.
    Both motorists and bicyclists appreciate the complete listings of b&bs, campgrounds, information sources and attractions along the described route. Bicyclist’s particularly like the mile by mile (km. by km.) route descriptions in both directions.
    Mr. Botzman has presented workshops on bicycle touring at the League of American Bicyclists’ GEAR bike rallies. Each rally is attended by approximately 1200 bicyclists. He has been a presenter and panelist on bicycle tourism at New York State Department of Transportation and hospitality industry conferences.
    As a bicyclist interested in improving roadway and trail conditions, Harvey is Cyclotour Guide Books official representative on the Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee of the Genesee Transportation Council. The Council is the local Metropolitan [Transportation] Planning Organization which administers Federal Highway Administration funds in a nine county area of New York State.
    Harvey is an active member of the Rochester Bicycling Club. In past years he served as on this 600 member bicycle club's Board of Directors; as publicity chairperson; and as Bike Week chairperson.
    That picture at the top of the page?  It is Harvey and it was taken in February, 2003.
    Oh, yes!  Harvey does have a car and he uses it often.
    Scroll down to find out how the Tour Guides are written.
    Click here: Great Lakes or New York State to read descriptions of the acclaimed bicycle tour guides written by Harvey.
    Click here: Featured Biking Areas to view maps and text from different Cyclotour Guides written by Harvey.
    Click here: Files & Information to download How to Box a Bicycle for Public Transportation, Adventure From The Bronx, Share the Road Campaign, and other articles for your bike club, outdoors club or company newsletter.

How Each Tour Guide is Written
    After a preliminary route is determined, Harvey bicycles the entire route before setting pen to paper.  Along the way he checks each mile/kilometer; scrutinizes the road/bikeway surface conditions; collects brochures and data on information sources, attractions, facilities, bike shops, and lodging (b&bs, campgrounds).  All this information is then sorted and compiled for inclusion in the Tour Guides’ text.
    A refined route is plotted and the miles/kilometers accurately figured.  Logical stopping points, approximately 50 mi. (80 km.) apart are determined.  A second tour via bicycle is conducted following the revised route.   Side trips are explored and their routes configured.
    A third, bicycle/automobile trip is used to confirm the route.
    Each Spring, a bicycle/automobile trip is made along the routes which have been published. If significant route changes mysteriously appear then they are posted on this web site.

    Click here: Great Lakes or New York State to read descriptions of the acclaimed bicycle
tour guides written by Harvey.
    Click here: Order Form to order Tour Guides.
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[ Home ] [ Books & Maps ] [ Order Form ] [ Author ] [ Table of Contents ] [ Book Trade ] [ Bike Events ]
[ Great Lakes Bike Books ] [ Lake Ontario Bike Book ] [ Lake Erie Bike Book ] [ Lake Michigan Bike Book ] [ Lake Huron Bike Book ]
[ New York State Bike Books ] [ Erie Canal Bike Book ] [ Finger Lakes Bike Book
[ Other Maps & Books ] [ New Zealand Biking ] [ French Canal Biking & Barging ] [ Lot River Canoe Guide ] [ Stratford, Ontario ]
[ Bike Events ] [ Finger Lakes Biking Events ] [ Bicycling Statistics ] [ Links ] [ Comments ] [ Improved Rtes ] [ Featured Biking Areas ]
[ Newsletter Content Articles ] [ Boxing a Bike ] [ N. Am. Bike Touring Info ] [ Complete Streets ] [ Bike Advocacy Articles ]

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