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Approved routes in U.S. Bicycle Route System now encompass 5,847 miles in 12 states
MISSOULA, MONTANA, November 5, 2013 — Adventure Cycling Association and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) today announced that AASHTO's Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering has approved U.S. Bike Route 50 in Maryland, which follows the C&O Canal Towpath, and U.S. Bike Route 23 in Tennessee.
Guidebook for longest off-pavement bicycling route in the world re-released as popularity of bikepacking and dirt touring grows
MISSOULA, MONTANA, October 24, 2013 — Amidst surging interest in off-pavement touring and bikepacking, Adventure Cycling Association celebrates the publication of the second edition of Cycling the Great Divide: From Canada to Mexico on North America's Premier Long-Distance Mountain Bike Route by Michael McCoy (The Mountaineers Books, 2013).
MISSOULA, MONTANA, June 28, 2013 — Adventure Cycling Association issued a strong warning today to cyclists planning to ride its Great Divide Mountain Bike Route in Canada. The organization, which developed and regularly updates the route, advised that, because of the extraordinary flooding and damage throughout the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, cyclists should not attempt to ride the Canadian section of the route this year.
MISSOULA, MONTANA, June 13, 2013 — Adventure Cycling Association's fourth annual Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. campaign raised more than $128,000 for the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) during National Bike Month (May 2013). “We greatly appreciate the support of our members, donors, and other cyclists,” said Development Director Amanda Lipsey. “These funds will help us work side by side with more volunteers in more states to expand the U.S. Bicycle Route System in 2014.”
WASHINGTON, DC, June 6, 2013 — National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Adventure Cycling Association on April 30, 2013, formalizing a partnership to promote collaboration between bicycling interests and the National Park Service. The five-year agreement builds on an existing partnership and enables the Adventure Cycling Association to work with the National Park Service to build a nationwide bicycle route network through national parks.
AASHTO approves new routes in Minnesota, Missouri, and realignments in Kentucky
Missoula, Montana — Adventure Cycling Association and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) today announced that AASHTO's Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering has approved a new section of U.S. Bicycle Route 45 in Minnesota, USBR 76 in Missouri, and realignments for USBR 76 in Kentucky. With these new approvals, the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) now encompasses 5,616 miles of official U.S. Bike Routes in 10 states: Alaska, Kentucky, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Virginia.
Annual fundraiser kicks off with a $35,000 matching challenge, more new route approvals expected next week
Missoula, Montana — For the fourth year in a row, Adventure Cycling is kicking off its celebration of National Bike Month by launching its month-long U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) fundraising campaign, Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. Thanks in part to the $150,000 raised over the last four years by this annual spring event, 5,071 miles of U.S. Bicycle Routes have been designated so far. This year, Adventure Cycling hopes to raise $100,000 by May 31.
Missoula, Montana — Adventure Cycling Association, North America's largest cycling membership organization, is pleased to announce the winners of its 2012 Bicycle Travel Awards. "This was such an inspiring year for our awards program, we received 56 nominations," said Alison Riley, awards committee chair. "Our awards serve as an opportunity to recognize some of the incredible people and organizations that make a difference for bicycle touring and cycling in general. These people make America a better, friendlier, and more connected country."
Globally and in the U.S., bike tourism is becoming more popular and lucrative
Missoula, Montana — As 2012 winds down, bicycle tourism and travel are zooming upward. Recent studies and stories from around the world indicate that bicycle travel of all kinds — short trips and long, luxury and cheap, big events and small tours — is enjoying the kind of popularity not seen since the 1970s, when bike touring experienced a major renaissance. Here are 9 new indicators that bike travel and tourism are booming.
North America's "bicycle-travel expert" notches new records for members, sales, revenue, tours, charitable contributions, and opens an expanded, renovated headquarters
Missoula, Montana — Adventure Cycling Association today announced a strong financial and program performance for fiscal year 2012 (October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012). The organization now operates with a $4.95 million dollar budget, up 17% over last year.
Missoula, Montana — Adventure Cycling Association today was named to Outside Magazine's fifth annual "Best Places to Work" list. Adventure Cycling was ranked No. 89 out of 100 selected companies. Profiles of the top-ten-performing small, medium, and large companies will be published in the September issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands August 14, 2012. The full list of 100 will be available August 2 at outsideonline.com.
Missoula, Montana — Adventure Cycling Association is seeking nominations for its 8th annual Bicycle Travel Awards. Celebrating the heroes of bicycle travel in the U.S., awards include the Pacesetter Bicycle Travel Award, the June Curry Trail Angel Award, the Braxton Bike Shop Award, and the Adventure Cycling Volunteer-of-the-Year Award.
Missoula, Montana — On Friday, July 6, Adventure Cycling Association will formally unveil its newly renovated and remodeled headquarters with a community block party celebration for its members, donors, and supporters at 150 E. Pine Street in Missoula, MT, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Missoula, Montana — Adventure Cycling Association's third annual Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. campaign raised more than $50,000 for the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) during National Bike Month (May 2012). Using a combination of social media tools and traditional fundraising methods, engaging a group of volunteer fundraisers, and leveraging funds from a diverse roster of business sponsors and community organizations, campaign organizers reached out to cyclists across America to inspire support for the creation of an official national bike-route network.
Missoula, Montana — Adventure Cycling Association and the American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) today announced that AASHTO's Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering has approved U.S. Bicycle Route (USBR) 35 in Michigan, USBR 45 in Minnesota, and realignments for USBR 1 in North Carolina. Last year, AASHTO approved six U.S. Bicycle Routes in its annual May meeting. AASHTO and Adventure Cycling welcome this spring's two new route approvals as another important step toward creating an official U.S. Bicycle Route System.
Missoula, Montana — In celebration of National Bike Month, today Adventure Cycling Association kicks off its 3rd annual fundraising campaign for the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS), and plans to raise $50,000 by May 31. Using social media tools, a group of volunteer fundraisers, state partners, and leveraged funds from a diverse roster of business sponsors and community organizations, the Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. campaign aims to inspire cyclists across America to donate $10 or more to help build this national bike route network.
Missoula, Montana — Five years to the day after the unveiling of its 2,000-mile Underground Railroad Bicycle Route (UGRR), Adventure Cycling Association today announced the release of the final map section for the route's new Detroit Alternate.
Largest North American cycling group's revenue and capacity expanding
Missoula, Montana — Adventure Cycling Association today announced a strong financial and programmatic showing for FY11, capping a decade of growth for the organization, during which time its membership has increased 19%, map sales 48%, and charitable donations have tripled. The organization now operates with a $4.1 million dollar budget, up 65% over the last ten years.
More than 750 maps sold so far for Mt. Shasta to Truckee section of long-distance route that guides bicycle tourists from Canada to Mexico along stunning Western corridor
Missoula, Montana — Just over a year ago, Adventure Cycling Association announced the official release of its new Sierra Cascades Bicycle Route, a 2,389-mile road-based cycling route that runs from Sumas, Washington, to Tecate, California. The Mt. Shasta to Truckee, California, section of the route uses State Highway 89 and guides bicycle tourists through small and medium-sized communities along this corridor, including McCloud, Chester, and Quincy. Since publishing the maps for the route in April 2010, Adventure Cycling has sold over 750 maps for the Mt. Shasta to Truckee section alone.
Missoula, Montana — Adventure Cycling Association today announced that its next long-distance cycling route will be Bicycle Route 66. Embracing the spirit of "The Mother Road," the new route will follow the famous corridor from Chicago to Los Angeles on roads appropriate for cyclists and, when possible, on sections of the historic highway.