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The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA) is a thriving urban National Park that integrates 72 miles of the Mississippi River through the heart of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. The park is now part of U.S. Bicycle Route 45, and offers many unique cycling adventures for locals and visitors alike.
U.S. Bicycle Route 50 follows the scenic, historical, and wildlife-rich C&O Canal through DC and Maryland. The canal's USBR designation is helping to bring bicycle tourism and its economic benefits to this beloved National Park trail and surrounding communities.
May is National Bike Month, and we're celebrating the U.S. Bicycle Route System for the entire month! New route designations will be announced this spring, and many other exciting developments are happening across the country, perhaps in your own backyard.
Meet Katie Kramon, our newest intern. She has been a bike-touring junkie since her first self-contained cross country ride in 2009 and we're excited to welcome her to the Adventure Cycling team!
Texas has it going on. Bicycling is hot, and I'm not talking temperature.
Finding funding to sign a U.S. Bicycle Route can often be a daunting process, but signing is one of the most important and effective ways to promote your route and attract bicycle tourism.
The 2014 National Bike Summit presented a number of first-time experiences for Saara Snow, newest staff member in the Travel Initiatives department at Adventure Cycling. She shares her highlights from the Women's Forum, the Summit, Lobby Day, and exploring Washington D.C.'s streets and many attractions.
It’s hard to believe with negative temps and snow on the ground, but spring is just around the corner and so is AASHTO’s spring meeting where new U.S. Bicycle Routes will receive designation approval. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the anticipated U.S. Bike Route designations for 2014.
The Oklahoma Legislature is considering a bill that would designate both Route 66 and the Chisholm Trail as U.S. Bike Routes.
Interest in bicycle travel is growing across the country and a new study on bicycle tourism in Montana provides valuable research on the needs, impacts, and opportunities for the state.
Bicycle travelers camp in state parks across the U.S. on their tours, but when campgrounds are full and there are no nearby alternatives, bicycle travelers have limited options and must often stealth camp. Adventure Cycling is reaching out to state parks to promote the adoption of bicycle-friendly practices and has created a list of best practice recommendations.
Norma’s work will provide the necessary data for tourism, policy makers, community and statewide leaders, business leaders, and land managers to better understand the economic impacts of bicycle tourism in Montana and the best ways to attract bicycle travelers to this state.
When it comes to bicycle services on passenger rail, the U.S. lags behind many countries, especially in Europe. But this is changing as a partnership has formed between Adventure Cycling, Amtrak, and other bicycle and passenger-rail organizations across the country that are committed to making rail travel more bicycle friendly.
Rails-To-Trails Conservancy recently released a new report that studies rails-with-trails and provides helpful data and resources to help advocates and trail managers develop these kinds of trails. Rails-with-trails are public paths that run alongside active train corridors, and the growth of these trails over the last 20 years has helped expand the trail network across the country.
On Tuesday, October 15, Amtrak’s Capitol Limited ran a test run for roll-on bicycle service. Three Virginia Bicycle Federation board members along with Linda Boxx of the Allegheny Trail Alliance participated in the run. The test run was a great success and there are high hopes this will lead to more Amtrak services for traveling cyclists.
Meet Saara Snow, the most recent addition to the Adventure Cycling Team. Saara joins us as the new Travel Initiaitives Coordinator. Saara will work to ensure better bicycle-travel conditions across North America and she will assist with the on-going development of the U.S. Bicycle Route System.
This week we highlight the great work being done by the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrain Federation and the Missouri Department of Transportation, on U.S. Bicycle Route (USBR) 76 which is now signed across the state. Brent Hugh, the Executive Director of Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation takes us through the details.
In order to cut costs on a repaving job south of Florence, ODOT contractors placed a new layer of pavement just a foot or two over the fog line, leaving an abrupt edge within the center of the shoulder — right where cyclists ride. Luckily, ODOT was quick to remedy the problem.
Meet Steve All, a software consultant and OpenStreetMap contributor whom Adventure Cycling volunteer Kerry Irons has worked with for the past several months. Kerry saw the potential for using an open-source mapping project to communicate route information both during the implementation process and after routes are designated. Once Kerry and Steve connected, good things started happening.
One of the greatest aspects of this job is seeing motivation walk through the door all summer long. Last week Adventure Cycling’s TransAm van-supported tour came through the office.
Toole Design Group recently completed a report, entitled U.S Bicycle Route System: Surveys and Case Studies of Practices from Around the Country, which compiles survey responses from state departments of transportation (DOTs) as well as volunteers and bicycle and trail advocates working on the project. After the survey was completed, Toole Design conducted in depth interviews with eight states, documenting the implementation methods each state used to plan and designate their U.S. Bike Routes.
Zach O'Conner, AASHTO's Communications and Publications Coordinator, shares how his coworker's multi-modal bicycle commute from the suburbs to the heart of Washington DC makes use of the newly improved DC bicycle facilities. A big thank you to Zach and please enjoy!
The U.S. Bicycle Route System is growing as anyone can see from the rising number of miles designated, U.S. Bike Route signs erected, and routes being mapped. Two pieces of exciting news made their way across the Great Plains from Michigan to our office here in Missoula.
Ginny Sullivan and the Adventure Cycling staff were honored with a visit from a group of cyclists that also volunteer for the Virgnia Bicycliing Federation. Long time supporters of the U.S. Bicycle Route System and the Adventure Cycling routes running through Virgnia, it was a treat to see this group in Missoula.
Travel Initiatives Assistant Adam Reel, had the opportunity to travel to the Miami River Valley Bike Summit this past week to speak about bicycle tourism and how the area can capitalize on their amazing cycling trails and infrastructure. Luckily, he also had the chance to leave Missoula a little bit early and meet with several United State Bicycle Route stakeholders in Indiana and Ohio while he was on the road.