AASHTO Provides $5,000 to Support Technical Work on the U.S. Bicycle Route System

| 5/26/2011 5:51:57 PM

Tags: Adventure Cycling Association, AASHTO, U.S. Bicycle Route System, USBRS, U.S. Bike Routes, cycling route network, Winona Bateman,

On Wednesday, Adventure Cycling Association announced that the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO) is providing Adventure Cycling $5,000 to assist states with route selection and the technical aspects associated with the development of a U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS).

"This marks the sixth year of our partnership with Adventure Cycling," said John Horsley AASHTO’s executive director. "We are pleased to contribute funds that will provide technical support and other resources to the states as they work to create a U.S. Bicycle Route System."

On May 2, Adventure Cycling kicked off a grassroots fundraising effort to raise $30,000 to support its ongoing organizing and technical assistance efforts for the emerging route network. "We’re very please with AASHTO’s support of our work on the U.S. Bicycle Route System," said Ginny Sullivan, coordinator for the USBRS and Adventure Cycling’s special projects director. "We’ve worked together for six years, but in many ways this project is just ramping up as states begin work on implementation and submitting applications to AASHTO for new route approvals. It’s an exciting phase!" 

Adventure Cycling's Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. campaign will run through National Bike Month, ending on Tuesday, May 31, 2010. Using social media tools, a group of dedicated fundraisers, and leveraged funds from a diverse roster of business and organizational donors, Adventure Cycling hopes to inspire cyclists across America to donate $10 or more to help build this national network of cycling routes. As of today, Adventure Cycling has raised over $20,000 through this effort.

Thirty states are now working on U.S. Bicycle Routes and during the first week of May, AASHTO approved the first new U.S. Bicycle Routes in over 30 years. AASHTO is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. A powerful voice in the transportation sector, its primary goal is to foster the development of an integrated national transportation system.

"With the new route approvals and widespread state support for the U.S. Bicycle Route System, we had hoped to see slightly more robust donations during this year’s campaign," said Winona Bateman, Adventure Cycling’s media director and an organizer of the campaign. "However, we are tracking ahead of last year and AASHTO’s generous donation puts us much closer to our goal." Last year, the campaign raised over $27,000.

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