Adventure Cycling Blog

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The Adventure Cycling blog covers bicycle-travel news, touring tips and gear, bicycle routes, organizational news, membership highlights, guided tours, and more. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for daily updates.

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July 16, 2014
All Aboard the Bicycle Tourism Boom
All Aboard the Bicycle Tourism Boom

Bicycle tourism is capturing people’s attention nationwide, and not just cyclists. Whether it's the numbers of cyclists or the number of dollars they spend, people are seeing the impact that bicycle tourism has in their communities and states and realizing the benefits of attracting and welcoming cyclists.

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July 2, 2014
Amtrak to Air Travel — Multimodal Travel with Bikes
Amtrak to Air Travel — Multimodal Travel with Bikes

Traveling with your bike can seem very daunting if you’ve never done it before, particularly if it involves air travel. Amtrak has begun to work to meet the needs of its cycling customers, so what about air travel companies? 

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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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June 4, 2014
Amtrak Bicycle Task Force: Bringing Bikes on Board
Amtrak Bicycle Task Force: Bringing Bikes on Board

In this guest post, Deborah Stone-Wulf of Amtrak shares some of the progress and challenges to expand Amtrak's bicycle services through the Bicycle Task Force partnership with Adventure Cycling and other groups.

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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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May 15, 2014
Celebrating Bike Travel at Home: Missouri's U.S. Bicycle Route 76
Celebrating Bicycle Travel at Home: Missouri's U.S. Bicycle Route 76

Our last post was all about celebrating bike travel abroad, so today we're focusing on bicycle travel and tourism at home and celebrating a state that has made huge progress in these areas in the last year: Missouri. 

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May 13, 2014
Celebrating Bike Travel Abroad: Touring EuroVelo & More
Celebrating Bike Travel Abroad: Touring EuroVelo & More

Ginny Sullivan will be spending most of the month of June touring several counties - Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The plan for this trip is to witness firsthand how countries and cities, transportation and tourism officials integrate and coordinate to make a seamless system for cyclists. 

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May 8, 2014
A Closer Look at USBR 45: The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
A Closer Look at USBR 45: The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

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.

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May 6, 2014
A Closer Look at USBR 50: The C&O Canal Trail
A Closer Look at USBR 50: The C&O Canal Trail

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. 

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May 1, 2014
Find Adventure in Your Backyard — Celebrating the USBRS
Find Adventure in Your Backyard — Celebrating the USBRS

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. 

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April 23, 2014
Meet Katie Kramon: Adventure Cycling's New Intern
Meet Katie Kramon: Adventure Cycling's New Intern

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!

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April 9, 2014
Texas is on Fire! And other Great Texas Happenings
Texas is on Fire! And other Great Texas Happenings

Texas has it going on. Bicycling is hot, and I'm not talking temperature. 

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March 26, 2014
Wayfinding Funding: Signing USBR 20 in Michigan
Wayfinding Funding: Signing USBR 20 in Michigan

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. 

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March 12, 2014
Highlights from the 2014 National Bike Summit
Highlights from the 2014 National Bike Summit

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.

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February 26, 2014
Top Ten Anticipated USBR Designations for 2014
Top Ten Anticipated USBR Accomplishments for 2014

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.

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February 12, 2014
Your Support is Needed for Oklahoma's USBR 66
Your Support is Needed for Oklahoma's USBR 66

The Oklahoma Legislature is considering a bill that would designate both Route 66 and the Chisholm Trail as U.S. Bike Routes. 

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January 29, 2014
New Bicycle Travel Study Highlights Montana Impacts, Needs, and Opportunities
New Bicycle Travel Study Highlights Montana Impacts, Needs, and Opportunities

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. 

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January 15, 2014
Bike Travel Best Practices for State Park Campgrounds
Bike Travel Best Practices for State Park Campgrounds

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. 

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December 18, 2013
Meet Norma Nickerson: Researching Bicycle Tourism in Montana
Meet Norma Nickerson: Researching Tourism in the State of Montana

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.

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December 4, 2013
New Developments for Bicycle Services on Amtrak
New Developments for Bicycle Services on Amtrak

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. 

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November 20, 2013
Report Shows That Rails-With-Trails Are Safe and Increasing
Report Shows That Rails-With-Trails Are Safe and Increasing

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.

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November 6, 2013
Amtrak's Capitol Limited Test Run for Roll-on Bicycle Service
Amtrak's Capitol Limited Test Run for Roll-on Bicycle Service

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.

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