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July 22, 2015
Three Ways Urban Areas can be Bike Travel Friendly
Three Ways Urban Areas can be Bike Travel Friendly

Cities are where some of the most exciting developments for cycling are taking place, such as bike share, separated bike lanes, and bikes on board trains and buses. But urban areas are usually more commonly known for bike commuting rather than bike touring, and most bicycle touring routes tend to avoid cities in favor of scenic, low traffic, rural routes. The U.S. Bicycle Route System is an opportunty to connect cities with these developing facilities. 

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June 3, 2015
USBRS in My Backyard: The People & Stories Behind the Routes
USBRS in My Backyard: The People and Stories Behind the Routes

It's the people, places, and stories that connect and inspire the U.S. Bicycle Route System, so we thought we'd share our growing collection of USBRS in My Backyard photos. 

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May 28, 2015
Announcing New U.S. Bicycle Route System Online Resources
Announcing New U.S. Bicycle Route System Online Resources

Adventure Cycling is introducing its new and improved online resources to help you find the U.S. Bicycle Route System information you’re looking for. Now there is a one-stop-shop for all USBRS resources, whether you're riding, implementing, or promoting a USBR. 

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May 26, 2015
New U.S. Bicycle Routes in UT and ID and updates in MN
New U.S. Bicycle Routes in UT and ID and updates in MN

Today we feature newly designated and realigned U.S. Bicycle Routes (USBR) officially adopted by AASHTO on May 14, 2015: Idaho with USBR 10, Utah with USBR 70 and 79, and Minnesota with USBR 45.

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May 21, 2015
Bikes and Beer and Building the U.S. Bicycle Route System
Bikes and Beer and Building the U.S. Bicycle Route System

During the month of May, we are celebrating the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) and successes in improving bicycle travel conditions nationwide. This week we’re focusing on how bicycling benefits businesses and economies and it’s pretty clear that cyclists love beer. Just look at the number of bicycles parked in front of the local brewery and it’s easy to see how that connection is made. We also explored how the craft brewery culture seems to fit with the growing enthusiasm for bicycling. I recently traveled to Fort Collins and had the opportunity to meet two people that make their living from the bike and beer association.

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May 19, 2015
Bikes & Bucks: 6 Ways Bicycling Benefits Businesses & Local Economies
Bikes Bring Bucks: 6 Ways Bicycling Benefits Businesses & Local Economies

During the month of May we are celebrating the U.S. Bicycle Route System and successes in improving bicycle travel conditions nationwide. This week we’re focusing on how bicycling benefits businesses and economies and as you’ll see, no matter what kind of cycling you do, the numbers speak for themselves.

 

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May 14, 2015
10 Tips to Become a Bicycle Travel Destination. Add Your Ideas and Win!
10 Tips to Become a Bicycle Travel Destination. Add Your Ideas and Win!

We’ve seen an increasing number of communities calling us up and asking, “How can our town serve adventure cyclists? What can we do to make them feel welcome and encourage them to stay the night?” Here are 10 tips to help your community become a bicycle travel destination.

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May 12, 2015
Hospitality for Cyclists: Programs We Can Learn From
Hospitality for Cyclists: Programs We Can Learn From

There are several hospitality programs for cycle tourists, but none exist in the U.S. Why not? Is there one that might make a good model for the U.S. Bicycle Route System? How are they administered? What do they offer? To answer these questions, I’ve compiled a few of the programs I know about: 

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May 7, 2015
Top 5 Successes for Bicycling in State Parks
Top 5 Successes for Bicycling in State Parks

During the month of May we are celebrating the U.S. Bicycle Route System and this week we’re focusing on accomplishments for bicycle travel and tourism in national and state parks. These top 5 success stories highlight the innovative ways that state parks are working to welcome and accommodate bicyclists.  

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May 5, 2015
Top 5 Successes for Bicycling in National Parks
Top 5 Successes for Bicycling in National Parks

During the month of May we are celebrating the U.S. Bicycle Route System and this week we’re focusing on accomplishments for bicycle travel and tourism in national and state parks. These top 5 success stories highlight the innovative ways that national parks are working to welcome and accommodate bicyclists.  

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March 25, 2015
Bicycle Route 66: Behind the Scenes in Oklahoma
Bicycle Route 66: Behind the Scenes in Oklahoma

During the month of March, we are featuring a series of guest posts that showcase the volunteers and advocates who provided behind-the-scenes support to bring Bicycle Route 66 to life. This week, Kevin Mussett, board member of the Oklahoma Bicycle Coalition, shares how Bicycle Route 66 and USBR 66 designation has been a central focus for their efforts to attract bicycle tourism and make Oklahoma safer and more bicycle friendly. 

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March 18, 2015
Bicycle Route 66: Behind the Scenes in Missouri
Bicycle Route 66: Behind the Scenes in Missouri

During the month of March, we are featuring a series of guest posts that showcase the volunteers and advocates who provided behind-the-scenes support to bring Bicycle Route 66 to life. This week, Brent Hugh, Executive Director of the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation shares how Adventure Cycling's Bicycle Route 66 is an important part of their larger initiative to build a statewide bicycle plan and connect destinations through trails.

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March 11, 2015
Bicycle Route 66: Behind the Scenes in Illinois
Bicycle Route 66: Behind the Scenes in Illinois

During the month of March, we will be featuring a series of guest posts that showcase the volunteers and advocates who provided behind-the-scenes support to bring Bicycle Route 66 to life. This week, Ed Barsotti, Executive Director for the League of Illinois Bicyclists (LIB), shares the story of how the LIB worked collaboratively with a committee of stakeholders to create the Illinois Route 66 Trail, which provided a template for the creation of Bicycle Route 66 in Illinois. 

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February 25, 2015
Saving the Big White River Bridge
Saving the Big White River Bridge

There is an effort underway in central Arkansas to save a historic bridge from demolition. Volunteers are working on turning it into a bicycle and pedestrian bridge that will become part of a grander plan to link bike trails and routes across the state — and this bridge would be a major highlight on U.S. Bicycle Route 80. 

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January 21, 2015
Meet Eva Dunn-Froebig: Events and Outreach Coordinator
Meet Eva Dunn-Froebig: Events and Outreach Coordinator

We welcome Eva Dunn-Froebig, our newest staff member who will be planning the 40th Anniversary and working on bicycle advocacy and outreach. She tells us a bit about herself and her passion for bicycle advocacy. 

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October 8, 2014
Celebrating the TransAmerica Trail: From Bikecentennial to U.S. Bicycle Route 76
Celebrating the TransAmerica Trail: From Bikecentennial to U.S. Bicycle Route 76

From Bikecentennial to U.S. Bicycle Route 76, the TransAmerica Trail has played a huge role in the development of Adventure Cycling and the bicycle travel experiences of countless cyclists. An upcoming celebration in Farmington, Missouri will recognize and commemorate the history of the TransAmerica Trail, its incorporation into the U.S. Bicycle Route System, and the benefits that almost 40 years of bicycle travel has brought to the state.

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August 20, 2014
European Tourism and Hospitality: What Can We Learn
European Tourism and Hospitality: What Can We Learn

Embarking on this trip, I was really curious to see how European tourism officials were involved in both promoting and supporting bicycle tourism in their regions and communities as well as how the hospitality industry was woven into that fabric of promotion and accommodation.

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August 13, 2014
Trains and Planes – Europe's Multi-Modal Connections
Trains and Planes – Europe's Multi-Modal Connections

This is a series of posts by Ginny Sullivan, director of Travel Initiatives, which highlight the lessons learned from a month-long bicycle trip in Europe.

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August 6, 2014
Bridges, Trails and Signs – Oh My!
Bridges, Trails and Signs – Oh My!

This is a series of posts by Ginny Sullivan, director of Travel Initiatives which highlight the lessons learned from a month-long bicycle trip in Europe. 

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July 30, 2014
Ginny's European Road Show & Ah-ha Moments
Ginny's European Road Show & Ah-ha Moments

This is a series of posts by Ginny Sullivan, director of Travel Initiatives which highlight the lessons learned from a month-long bicycle trip in Europe. 

 

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June 18, 2014
Trails For Illinois: Connecting Communities
Trails For Illinois: Connecting Communities to Trails

Meet Steve Buchtel, an Illinois native and a passionate advocate for trails in Illinois. As the Executive Director of Trails for Illinois, he brings a dynamic mix of dedication, enthusiasm, and sense of humor to developing, researching and promoting trails in his home state. In this post, Steve tells us in his own words (and songs!) about bringing trails to people and people to trails. 

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May 29, 2014
Anticipated USBR Designations: The Midwest
Anticipated USBR Designations: The Midwest

Today we're featuring the two midwest states that have anticipated U.S. Bicycle Route designations: Ohio with USBR 50 and Illinois with USBR 36 and 37. Learn all about these new routes and the many exciting reasons to check them out on two wheels. 

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May 27, 2014
Anticipated USBR Designations: Coast to Coast
Anticipated USBR Designations: Coast to Coast

This Wednesday is the spring meeting for approval of U.S. Bicycle Route designations! Today we'll be exploring the anticipated USBR designations in the coastal states — Washington State, DC, and our surprise state, Massachusetts. 

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May 22, 2014
Oregon Bikes, Brews, and Bike Friendly Businesses
Oregon Bikes, Brews, and Bike Friendly Businesses

Oregon, how we (cyclists) love thee. This Pacific Northwest state excels at two of our favorite things: biking and beer. And now there’s another great reason to visit Oregon — its new Bicycle Friendly Business Program.

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May 20, 2014
Montana: Bikes & Brews in the Bitterroot
Montana: Bikes & Brews in the Bitterroot

Bicycle tourism benefits local businesses, and for Bikes and Beer week we're featuring bike friendly breweries in Montana and Oregon. The Bitterroot Valley in Montana is becoming a hot spot for brewery bicycle tourism with 10 local breweries, a 50-mile separated bike path along the stunning Bitterroot Mountains, two cross-country bicycle routes, and Adventure Cycling headquarters. 

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