U.S. Bicycle Route System hits 30-State milestone

| 3/24/2011 11:25:27 AM

As of early March, thirty states are now actively working to implement official U.S. Bike Routes for transportation, recreation, and tourism — double the number from last year!

The U.S. Bicycle Route System is a proposed national network of bicycle routes. For a route to be officially designated a U.S. Bicycle Route, there are a few requirements: It must connect two or more states, a state, and an international border, or other U.S. Bicycle Routes. Ideally, U.S. Bicycle Routes will link urban, suburban, and rural areas. These routes are nominated for numbered designation by State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and documented by AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials) through the Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering (the same committee that assigns numbers to U.S. highways and interstates). Adventure Cycling Association has provided dedicated staff support to the project since 2005.

This May, we’re anticipating that AASHTO will approve the first new U.S. Bicycle Routes in nearly three decades!

What’s happening in your state?

Check out the new "state-by-state progress" webpage for the USBRS. At the top of the page you’ll see the National Corridor Plan map for the USBRS, which displays 50-mile wide "corridors" across the U.S. that are the most suitable (to date) for implementation of U.S. Bike Routes. (The plan can change based upon state opportunities and interests, creating new corridors or realignments.) As corridors become routes, the wide swaths of color that define corridors on the map will become solid lines, to define actual routes. (At present, there are only two existing USBRs, which were approved in the early 1980s — see USBR 76 in Virginia, Kentucky, and Illinois, and USBR 1 in Virginia and North Carolina).

Users can review each state's recommended corridors on the map, then hover over a state of their choice, click, and jump to a description of that state's progress, including its "implementation model," "status,” a brief description of the work being done, as well as contact information and related websites for that state.

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