Adventure Cycling Timeline

2013

  • Redesign of our website, www.adventurecyclng.org, launched on April 14.
  • Redesign of Adventure Cyclist magazine launched in May 2013.
  • Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route research completed.
  • GIS conversion work on maps continues: 53 maps out of 87 completed.
  • Signed national agreement with the National Park Service to promote bicycle tourism and U.S. Bike Routes to and through National Park units.
  • Our tours department ran 75 tours with a total of 1,366 participants this year.
  • Adventure Cycling welcomed over 1,000 visitors this season. 949 signatures were recorded, another all-time record.
  • Bike Bits, our e-newsletter, reached 50,042 subscribers.
  • Our website had 1.3 million visits this year.
  • Total membership hit 46,724, a new all-time high.
  • With the Adventure Cycling Facebook page and the USBRS Facebook page combined, we reached over 50,000 fans on Facebook.

2012

  • The Underground Railroad Detroit Alternate route was published in February, adding 518 miles to the Adventure Cycling Route Network which now totals 41,420 miles.
  • To avoid the Bakken oil-field boom centered around Williston, North Dakota, we made major route revisions on the Northern Tier route and Lewis & Clark Trail.
  • GIS conversion work on maps continues: 35 maps out of 87 completed.
  • Bicycle Route 66 research was completed.
  • Building renovation of the 150 E. Pine Street headquarters was completed. The second-story addition and bottom floor remodel added 1,400 square feet. The organization paid for the remodel and addition using funds raised from our membership through a successful building appeal and Life Membership dollars. Donors were recognized in our Founders Circle  and on donor plaques.
  • We had a record number of tour participants (1280) and record number of tour offerings 59, more than any other year since the inaugural 1976 ride.
  • Adventure Cycling was awarded one of the 2012 "100 Best Places to Work" by Outside magazine.
  • Two new staff positions (in memberships and travel initiatives) were added in October 2012, bringing our staff size to 34.
  • The annual U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) Build it. Bike it. Be a Part of It. fundraiser raised more than $50,000. We met our highest goal yet! For the past three years, we've held a fundraiser during the month of May to gain financial support while creating larger public awareness of the USBRS. This year, we raised over $50,000 in both corporate and individual donations, many of which came from Adventure Cycling members
  • Adventure Cycling received a $20,000 DALMAC grant to sign U.S. Bike Route 20 across Michigan. 
  • Adventure Cycling welcomed over 1,000 visitors this season. 945 signatures were recorded. This was a new all-time record.
  • Bike Bits, our e-newsletter, reached 46,919 subscribers.
  • Our website had 1.31 million visits this year, up 1% over last year.
  • Total membership hit 45,225, a new all-time high.

2011

  • Forty states sign on to develop U.S. Bike Routes (USBRs). First new USBRs established since 1982 are approved by AASHTO's special committee on route numbering: USBR 1 in Maine and New Hampshire; USBR 20 in Michigan and 6 routes numbered in Alaska: USBR 97, 95, 87, 8 and alternates 108 and 208. Route re-alignments approved for Virginia's USBR 1. An interactive National Corridor Map goes on the USBRS webpages that links to state progress. AASHTO donates $5,000 to the social media fundraiser.
  • We launched our 2nd annual grass roots fund raising project to support the U.S. Bicycle Route System: Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. Using a new platform called Razoo, we brought in state partners to help spread the message about the project. We raised over $32,000, shooting past our goal of $30,000.
  • 35th anniversary of Bikecentennial. Several groups having reunions including 1TAWB613 (an inn-to-inn group) and the camping group that left Oregon at the same time.
  • We began the steps to redesign our website, which was last redesigned in 2003.
  • We launched a new website: BikeOvernights.org in an effort to bring bicycle travel into everyday life. Also launched the BicycleTravelBloggers.org, which aggregates individual blog posts based on bicycle travel.
  • The organization expanded the Development, IT, and Pubs/Media departments with the addition of three new staff positions.
  • The National Bicycle Touring Portrait Collection surpasses 4,000 subjects in the summer of 2011. We began weighing the bicycles and gear of photographed subjects this year. The winner/loser of this contest weighed in at 174 lbs. It turned out to be a very popular feature of cyclists visit to our office.
  • Work begins on expansion of the building at 150 E. Pine. Architects were hired in June and demolition of the old wing began in November.
  • The Adventure Cycling Route Network expanded to 41,399 miles of published and updated routes, with the addition of the Underground Railroad Detroit Alternate.
  • GIS conversion work on maps continues: 12 maps out of 87 completed.
  • Adventure Cycling welcomed around 1,000 visitors this season. A few less than in 2010 when we reached our highest number since 1976.
  • Bike Bits, our electronic newsletter, reaches 43,272 subscribers.
  • Our website had 1.3 million visits this year, up 8% over last year.
  • Total Membership: 43,226

2010

  • The Bicycle Eclectic Traveling Photo Exhibit makes its second tour, hitting Ellensburg, Yakama, and Spokane, WA.
  • We launched our first grass roots fund raising project to support the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS): Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. We used Causes on Facebook and Change.org to collect donations and promote the effort, ultimately raising $27,000.
  • Created a USBRS Facebook page, which reached over 13,000 fans in June and 14,900 by the end of the year. Our Adventure Cycling page has 9,997 fans.
  • We publish our first edition of The Cyclists’ Travel Guide, as part of the April issue of Adventure Cyclist. This replaces the how-to content that was in the print issue of the Cyclists Yellow Pages, which is now only published online.
  • AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials) provides $5,000 & New Belgium Brewery a $30,000 grant (over 2 years) to Adventure Cycling to provide technical assistance to State DOTs working on implementation of U.S. Bicycle Routes.
  • Implementation of U.S. Bicycle Routes begins or continues in 29 states. States leading the effort include: Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin; others are beginning the planning phase.
  • Jim Sayer, executive director, takes a bicycle respite with his family traveling the Pacific Coast route in July and August.
  • Tours Department has more trip participants (1118) than any year since 1976. We offer our first Southern Tier van supported tour which fills so quickly that we offer a second tour in the fall.
  • Regional gatherings took place in the following locations: Bellingham, WA, Cincinnati, OH, several cities in Florida: Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Saint Augustine, Orlando, Coral Gables, West Palm Beach, and Tampa, Madison, WI, Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, Eugene, OR, Atlanta, GA, San Francisco, CA, Santa Cruz, CA, Bloomington, MN, Fox Point, WI, Jamaica Plain, MA and several cities in Texas including: Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Woodlands & San Antonio.
  • The Sierra Cascade Bicycle Route maps are published in May 2010, the first route done completely in GIS, Illustrator and InDesign, adding 2,389 more miles to the Adventure Cycling Route Network.
  • GIS conversion work on maps continues: 5 maps out of 87 completed.
  • The Adventure Cycling Route Network now tops 40,000 mile, reaching 40,699 miles of published and updated routes, more than any other cycling route network in the world!
  • We announce our next long-distance bicycle route project, Bicycle Route 66.
  • We had more riders visit our headquarters than any other year recorded. Almost 1100 visitors!

2009

  • Adventure Cycling delves into more social networking by starting a Flickr page and joining Twitter.
  • The organization hosts cyclists' gatherings in San Jose, San Francisco, Sacramento, Reno, NV, Charlottesville, VA and Richmond, VA. Topics include the latest organizational news and work on the U.S. Bicycle Route System.
  • GIS conversion work on maps continues: 3 maps out of 87 completed.
  • The application for the establishment of the US Bicycle Route system was approved by the Special Committee on Route Numbering on May 15, 2009.
  • The final and 30th Annual Cyclists' Yellow Pages printed version is produced.
  • This year we launched an ambitious effort to bind into hard volumes our magazine collections, including Adventure Cyclist, Bicycling, LAW/LAB magazine, Bike World, Bicycling Rider, Cyclist, Vintage Bicycle Quarterly. To preserve this important part of American bicycle history.
  • We had more office visitors this summer than last summer, which was also close to a record year. Reaching 679 who signed guest book, more than we've had since 1976.
  • Bike Bits subscribers, our electronic newsletter, reaches 41,500 cyclists.
  • Our website has over one million visits this year, up 23% over last year.
  • Total Membership: 44,844

2008

  • Created a GIS position in the Routes and Mapping department
  • Washington Parks Route is added to the Adventure Cycling Route Network to bring the route network to a total of 38,158 miles.
  • Tours - offered our first "relaxed" tour, with lower mileage. We begin offering the supported TransAm ride.
  • Initial work on the Pacific Crest Route begins. Working name is the Sierra Cascades Route.
  • At the AASHTO Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors approved resolution supporting the US Bicycle Route System (USBRS) Corridor Plan.
  • American Trails recognizes Adventure Cycling's partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Minority Health to create the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route with the National Partnership Award.
  • First map (Great Parks South #1) produced in GIS, Illustrator and InDesign printed.
  • We have more office visitors than in recent past. Reaching over 644 cyclists who signed guest book.
  • Organization gets into social media by launching FaceBook and MySpace pages, a YouTube channel, a Flickr page, and joining Twitter.
  • Total Membership: 44,500

2007

  • Adventure Cycling's Route Network reaches 37,210 miles of routes.
  • Number of BikeBits subscribers goes over 30,000
  • Charlie Pace, Life member #1, retires from the board of directors after 25 years of service.
  • Greg Siple's Bicycle Eclectic show begins touring Montana.
  • The final Underground Railroad Bicycle Route sections are published with major funding from REI.
  • Allegheny Mountains Loop, Adirondack Park Loop and Underground Railroad Bicycle Route – Pittsburgh Spur, all downloadable pdfs, published.
  • Total membership: 42,500

2006

  • Florida Connector bicycle route is published, while the Atlantic Coast Route is extended to Key West, FL.
  • Our tours department offered the first supported cross-country trip.
  • Adventure Cycling’s 30th Anniversary is celebrated with four celebration bashes in Brunswick, MY; Seattle, WA; Missoula, MT; and Boulder, CO.
  • The first sections of the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route were published with major funding from REI.
  • Received a grant from the Educational Foundation of America to support the recognition of the US Bike Route System.
  • Added New Routes Coordinator position to spearhead the creation of US Bicycle Route System.
  • Total membership: 42,100

2005

  • Greg Siple takes 2500th portrait for the National Bicycle Touring Portrait Collection.
  • Kerry Irons is inaugural Volunteer of the Year award winner.
  • Thanks to long-time board member Charlie Pace, a photo exhibit focusing on the TransAmerica Trail is on display at the Bicycle Museum of America in New Bremen, OH.
  • Total membership: 42,400

2004

  • Jim Sayer hired as executive director.
  • The inaugural year of the Outreach and Education Program.
  • Adventure Cycling joins with other route organizations and AASHTO to develop a national interstate route system.
  • Great Divide – Canada route is published.
  • First downloadable PDF maps created - Utah Cliffs Loop and Green Mountains Loop.
  • Shirley Braxton accepts first annual Bike Shop Award for Braxton Bike Shop of Missoula, MT.
  • Partnered with the Center for Minority Health at the University of Pittsburgh in starting our work on the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route.
  • Total membership: 41,200

2003

  • Bicycling the Lewis & Clark Trail is published with Globe-Pequot Press.
  • Grand Canyon Connector and Lake Erie Connector Bicycle Routes are published.
  • MOU is signed with National Park Service to create bicycle map for Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, with major funding from National Park Service.
  • The first GPS waypoints were released in September 2003 for the TransAmerica Trail, the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, and the Lewis & Clark Trail on our website.
  • June “Cookie Lady” Curry is first recipient of the Trail Angel award.
  • Total membership:41,000.

2002

  • Organization becomes charter member of America Bikes, created to ensure bicycle provisions included in TEA-21 reauthorization.
  • Adventure Cyclist magazine is redesigned.
  • Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail is completed and published, with funding from REI.
  • Corps of Rediscovery is first to officially ride the Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail.
  • REI donates $10,000 to Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail video project.
  • Total membership: 39,000.

2001

  • Adopt-A-Library program is introduced.
  • Western Express Route is completed and published.
  • Twenty-fifth reunion of Bikecentennial is held in Missoula.
  • Total membership: 36,500.

2000

  • REI donates $25,000 for development of Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail.
  • Cycling the Great Divide is published with The Mountaineers publishing company.
  • Network database is installed, moving away from DOS-based system.
  • Great Parks South Route is converted to full color, completing conversion for National Bicycle Route Network.
  • Bill Sawyer is hired as executive director.
  • Total membership: 33,000.

1999

  • First Cycle Utah event is held.
  • First issue of Bike Bits (electronic newsletter) is released.
  • First full-time webmaster is hired.
  • John Stamsted completes Great Divide Mountain Bike Route in 18 days, 5 hours.
  • Total membership: 34,500.

1998

  • Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (Sections 5 and 6) is published, with funding from REI.
  • Inaugural expedition tour on Great Divide Mountain Bike Route takes place.
  • Total membership: 34,000.

1997

  • Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (Sections 3 and 4) is completed and published, supported by $10,000 donation from REI.
  • First website is launched.
  • Bicycle shop membership program begins.
  • Drew Walker is first person to ride the entire Great Divide Mountain Bike Route.
  • For first time, TransAmerica Bicycle Trail maps all are produced in new full-color format.
  • Critical Pathways program begins.
  • Total membership: 34,500.

1996

  • Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (Sections 1 and 2) is completed and published, with funding from REI.
  • Contract is entered into with The Mountaineers publishing company to coproduce national series of guidebooks.
  • Total membership: 36,000.

1995

  • Internet is first used as alternative communications medium, with BikeNet hosted on AOL.
  • Great Rivers South Route is completed and published.
  • North Lake Routes is completed and published, with funding from DAL MAC Fund and Cherry Capital Bicycle Club.
  • Relationship begins with Tanqueray-sponsored American AIDS Rides.
  • Inaugural Southern Tier "expedition" tour takes place.
  • Total membership: 36,000.

1994

  • BikeReport becomes Adventure Cyclist magazine as of April issue.
  • Four-color maps are introduced with revision of California Coast Route.
  • Mortgage for 150 E. Pine is paid off (except low-interest HUD loan).
  • AAA of Southern California offers Adventure Cycling maps to its members.
  • Article about skiing appears in Adventure Cyclist magazine; members react negatively.
  • Great Divide Mountain Bike Route planning starts.
  • Total membership: 40,000.

1993

  • Organization changes name to Adventure Cycling Association.
  • Leadership Training Course (LTC) went from a six-day to a three-day course.
  • Adopt-A-Route program begins.
  • Bikes Fly Free program starts through Wide World of Travel.
  • First "event" tour (Cycle Montana, then known as Parks to Peaks) is held.
  • Total membership: 37,000.

1992

  • Bikecentennial is responsible for bringing the 11th National Trails Symposium to Missoula. Co-hosts include the University of Montana, Missoula Trails Project, and Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Some 500 trails professionals from around the nation participate, many of them attending the open house hosted at Bikecentennial's new Pine Street offices.
  • National forest mountain-biking maps are created in partnership with the Lolo National Forest (Montana), the Bridger-Teton National Forest (Wyoming), the Monongahela National Forest (West Virginia), and the Malheur National Forest (Oregon).
  • ISTEA passes, with Bikecentennial a major force behind the effort.
  • Total membership: 33,500.

1991

  • Headquarters moves into 150 E. Pine Street.
  • Organization consults with Seeley Lake Ranger District to help lay out new cross-country ski/mountain-bike trails network (the Seeley Creek Trails) and with the Big Mountain in Whitefish, Montana, to help design new mountain-bike trails on the ski hill.
  • Elevation profiles are first used on maps.
  • Events and points of interest are added to maps.
  • Total membership: 27,500.

1990

  • To fulfill assignment for the Mountain Bike Task Force, Bikecentennial develops, with the USDA Forest Service Technology and Development Center, "Mountain Bike Trails: Techniques for Design, Construction and Maintenance." A copy is supplied to all 2,500 ranger districts in the nation.
  • First contract maps (Durham and Wilmington, North Carolina) are produced entirely on computers.
  • National Park Service awards contract to map the Natchez Trace.
  • Credit card affiliation program is started with MBNA.
  • Southern Tier Route is completed and published.
  • In partnership with the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Bikecentennial creates the Blackrock Creek Campground along the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail in Wyoming. It is the first campground specifically for touring cyclists on U.S. Forest Service lands. Bikecentennial's 50-percent contribution ($6,000) for the campground is raised from the membership.
  • Total membership: 26,000.

1989

  • Cyclosource catalog expands to 24 pages and full color.
  • Wide World of Travel/Bikecentennial Travel Service program is started.
  • Computers are first used to prepare Bikecentennial maps.
  • Leader Connection newsletter is first published.
  • Organization becomes charter member of the national Mountain Bike Task Force, created to help alleviate growing conflict problems between mountain bikers and other trail users. Other members include the Bicycle Federation of America, League of American Wheelmen, International Mountain Bicycling Association, Specialized Components, and Rodale Press.
  • Total membership: 23,000.

1988

  • Map correction cards are used for the first time.
  • First mountain bike tour, "Canyon Country Mountain Bike," is held in Moab, Utah.
  • John Schubert joins BikeReport as technical editor.
  • Total membership: 21,500.

1987

  • Atlantic Coast Route (Maine to Virginia) is completed and published.
  • BikeReport accepts advertising for first time.
  • Bicycle Forum advocacy magazine is purchased.
  • Total membership: 20,000.

1986

  • State of New York contracts with organization to research and map the 250-mile Seaway Trail.
  • Total membership: 19,000.

1985

  • BikeReport frequency increases from six issues to nine issues annually, with major funding from the Huffy Foundation.
  • Canada to California Route is completed and published.
  • Atlantic Coast Route (Virginia to Florida) is completed and published.
  • California Coast Route is completed and published.
  • Total membership: 18,000.

1984

  • Northern Tier Route (Washington to Minnesota) is completed and published, with funding from the Huffy Foundation.
  • Total membership: 17,000.

1983

  • Northern Tier Route (Iowa to Maine) is completed and published, with funding from the Huffy Foundation.

1982

  • Gary MacFadden is hired as executive director (330 applicants).
  • Office moves to 133 E. Main Street.

1981

  • Huffy Foundation $60,000 challenge grant is received, to be used for researching and mapping four new routes.
  • Maps change to sheet format from booklet format.
  • Total membership: 15,000.

1980

  • Great Parks North Route is completed and published.
  • Total membership: 10,950.

1979

  • First edition of The Cyclists' Yellow Pages is produced.
  • Several staff are rehired.
  • Office starts registering visitors/cyclists who visit headquarters.
  • Total membership: 7,800.

1978

  • BikeReport newsletter is redesigned as a newsprint tabloid.
  • Total membership: 4,600.

1977

  • Dave Prouty is named executive director.
  • Due to poor financial situation, all staff except three are laid off.
  • Bikecentennial Recycling program is initiated by Greg Siple.
  • Total membership: 7,100.

1976

  • TransAmerica Bicycle Trail is completed and published.
  • Datsun donates six Lil' Hustler pickup trucks for supported tours.
  • Bikecentennial cross-country ride takes place, with 300 tours lasting 12 to 82 days. Six hundred leaders are trained at one of 22 weeklong classes, and 4,100 cyclists combine for a 10,000,000-mile total. Nearly 2,000 cyclists ride the entire route. Ages range from 7 to 86. Riders come from all 50 states and 22 nations.
  • Bureau of Outdoor Recreation presents Outdoor Recreation Achievement Award to Bikecentennial for successful development of the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail.
  • American Youth Hostels presents External Service Award to Bikecentennial for advancing the concept of hosteling in America.
  • Bikecentennial receives grants over the previous four years from: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service, American Revolution Bicentennial Administration, Comprehensive Education Training Act, Federal Work-Study Program, Youth Employment Service, Bicycle Manufacturers Association, Bicycle Institute of America, Raleigh Industries of America, Huffman Manufacturing Company, Coachmen Motor Home Industries, Nissan Motor Corporation of America, J.C. Penney, Celanese Fibers, Gitane Pacific, Shimano American, Burroughs- Welcome.
  • Goals are developed for the organization:
    1. Develop three new loop trails, 300 to 600 miles in length, near major urban areas, ready 1977
    2. Further develop facilities along the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail
    3. Develop loop trails near urban areas (five- to 10-year project)
    4. Introduce new trips to reach a greater number of new people
    5. Conduct research studies to promote increased safety and proper route planning
    6. Present education programs on bicycling
    7. Create guidebooks, maps, and directories to aid bicycle travelers
    8. Research and develop other long-distance trails, toward eventual development of nationwide network
  • Total membership: 7,600.

1975

  • Greg and June finish Hemistour and return to the United States. Greg becomes Bikecentennial art director.
  • BikeReport newsletter gets new format (April/May issue).
  • Office moves out of Dan and Lys's apartment to second floor of 430 N. Higgins.
  • Bikecentennial's first-ever group tour takes in the Lolo Motorway, or the Lolo Trail, which 27 years later will become part of the Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail. It should have been a mountain bike tour, except that mountain bikes had yet to be invented.
  • By the end of the year, at least 40 individuals are hired to work in the office and on the trail to prepare for the summer of 1976.

1974

  • Bikecentennial is incorporated as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization.
  • A newsletter called BikeReport is published.
  • Bikecentennial receives a $5,000 grant from the Bicycle Manufacturers Association and a $1,000 grant from the Illinois Bicentennial Commission.
  • Route researchers Jim Richardson and Linda Thorpe become the first to bicycle TransAmerica Trail.
  • Huffy Manufacturing pays for a large full-color Bikecentennial poster and brochure.

1973

  • April 3: In the small Mexican town of Chocolate, the group decides to create a mass cross-country ride as part of the upcoming bicentennial celebrations. June Siple coins the term Bikecentennial to describe the ride.
  • May: National Geographic magazine publishes article about Hemistour.
  • May 30: The group sends 30 photocopied fliers about their plans to prominent members of the cycling community (first publication).
  • The group places Bikecentennial's first ad, a classified, in Bike World magazine for $1 (20 cents per word): "TOSRV PLUS HEMISTOUR EQUALS BIKECENTENNIAL."
  • Bikecentennial receives a $1,000 grant from Open Road USA that is used for stationery, postage, and a printed flier.
  • Dan becomes ill with hepatitis; he and Lys leave Hemistour and return to Missoula. Out of a small apartment, they begin writing letters and making phone calls.

1972

  • June 16: Dan and Lys Burden, accompanied by Greg and June Siple, embark on the Argentina-bound Hemistour cycling expedition from Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Greg Siple envisions what will become Bikecentennial '76 as the expedition moves south.