Featured Publisher - Bikeverywhere
How a Passion for Cycling and Maps Turned Into a Map Store Success Story
Doug Shidell is a biking enthusiast and author turned cartographer who started out publishing his first bicycle touring guide in 1975. Since then, he has been producing cycling maps, guides, and books about cycling in the Minneapolis area and Midwest region of the United States.
With the appearance of smartphones and tablets, Shidell started experimenting with mobile maps in 2007. In 2014 he launched a line of GPS-enabled digital maps sold through the Avenza Map Store. “My customers moved me into digital,” Shidell says. “They would tell me that they may forget to bring the paper map along when they ride, but they never leave home without their phone. Avenza Maps allow me to reach my customers where they’re at.”
Shidell's maps have been downloaded thousands of times from the Avenza Map Store thanks in part to his efforts at making it easy for potential customers to find them. The Bikeverywhere website features links to Map Store listings, cross-selling opportunities for printed and digital maps, and highlights the benefits of digital maps through tips on mobile map features. In addition, well-crafted Map Store listing clearly states the benefits and value-added features of Bikeverywhere's maps.
While most of his maps are of the US mid-west, Shidell, an avid bicycle tourist, maps out his bike tours and adds them to his Map Store Listings to encourage others to try touring.