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.

Photo by Adam Coppola

October 16, 2013
Meet Saara Snow: Travel Initiatives Coordinator
Meet Saara Snow: Travel Initiatives Coordinator

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. 

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October 2, 2013
USBR 76: Missouri Officially Designated and Signed
USBR 76: Missouri Officially Designated and Signed

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.

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September 18, 2013
Oregon DOT Steps Up on the Pacific Coast Route
Oregon DOT Steps Up on the Pacific Coast Route

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. 

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September 4, 2013
OpenStreetMap: A Web-Based Mapping Project
OpenStreetMap: A Web-Based Mapping Project

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. 

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August 21, 2013
Finding Motivation in Visiting Cyclists
Finding Motivation in Visiting Cyclists

One of the greatest aspects of this job is seeing motivation walk through the door all summer longLast week Adventure Cycling’s TransAm van-supported tour came through the office.

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August 7, 2013
Announcing U.S Bicycle Route System Best Practices Report
Announcing U.S Bicycle Route System Best Practices Report

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.

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July 17, 2013
Washington DC Multi-Modal Bicycle Commute
Washington DC Multi-Modal Bicycle Commute

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! 

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July 3, 2013
Milestones: Michigan Leading the Way In USBRS Promotion
Milestones: Michigan Leading the Way In USBRS Promotion

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.

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June 19, 2013
Look Who Came for a Visit
Look Who Came for a Visit

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. 

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June 5, 2013
A Trip to the Midwest: Update on Indiana and Ohio
A Trip to the Midwest: Update on Indiana and Ohio

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.

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May 30, 2013
Helping Parks Be Bicycle Friendly: TRIP TAC to the Rescue
Helping Parks Be Bicycle Friendly: TRIP TAC to the Rescue

As we work to develop the U.S. Bicycle Route System, we are always looking for ways to connect cyclists to the most beautiful and scenic places on the continent. Many of those places are on public lands. But access to these lands isn't always as easy as it should be for cyclists. Luckily, there is the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Technical Assistance Center (TRIP TAC) which is working to change this, one Park Unit and federal land area at a time. 

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May 28, 2013
Cycling Highlights From Our National Parks
Cycling Highlights From Our National Parks

National parks are one of our nation’s greatest treasures. Since the establishment of Yellowstone National Park in 1872, the National Park Service has grown to encompass 401 park units, spanning more than 84 million acres. Enjoy this short list of a few of the best rides found in our iconic national parks!

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May 23, 2013
Meet John Pope: Advancing the USBRS in Washington
Meet John Pope: Advancing the USBRS in Washington

Meet John Pope, a volunteer in Washington State working on the U.S. Bicycle Route System. John is an extremely valuable asset to the USBRS effort. He brings years of experience sitting on the boards of both the Bicycle Alliance of Washington and his Regional Transpiration Planning Organization

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May 21, 2013
Meet Bonnie Winslow: Getting Her Kicks on USBR 66
Meet Bonnie Winslow: Getting Her Kicks on USBR 66

Meet Bonnie Winslow, a volunteer for the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) in Oklahoma. Bonnie has been working feverishly to designate U.S. Bike Route 66, which will follow the corridor of one of America’s most historic roads: Route 66. Working in partnership with Adventure Cycling, the proposed route for USBR 66 aligns with the same roads being mapped for Bicycle Route 66, which will be released by Adventure Cycling next year.

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May 16, 2013
Trails for Illinois - Triple Bottom Line
Making Trails Count in Illinois: The Triple Bottom Line Approach

Steve Buchtel, executive director of Trails for Illinios, contacted me and told me his organization had just completed a study about six trails spread across Illinois. He mentioned that the data in this study might be good to use for my presentations about bicycle tourism at the conference. Intrigued, I took a look and I loved what I saw. Steve used a triple bottom line approach to study trail impact — economics, health, and environment.

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May 14, 2013
Building Bicycle Tourism: What Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition Is Doing Right
Building Bicycle Tourism: What Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition Is Doing Right

America’s rising interest in active travel and the recognition of cycling as an important cog in the travel industry is by no means a small factor contributing to the boom in bicycle tourism. Cities are starting to take advantage of the dollars doled out by the increasing number of travelers keeping their bicycles in mind when planning a vacation.

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May 10, 2013
Announcing New U.S. Bike Routes
Announcing New U.S. Bike Routes

We are thrilled to announce that AASHTO has approved Minnesota’s third section of U.S. Bike Route 45, which follows the Mississippi River Trail, U.S. Bike Route 76 in Missouri, which follows our TransAmerica Bicycle Trail, and realignments for U.S. Bike Route 76 in Kentucky. 

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May 7, 2013
Signs on U.S. Bicycle Routes Coming Soon
Signs on U.S. Bicycle Routes Coming Soon

Imagine taking a bicycle trip and only periodically glancing at your map to check for services in the area. Signed bicycle routes will allow cyclists the freedom to ride with the assurance that they are on the route. Signs will notify motorists to be watchful and mindful of cyclists, and to share the road. We're excited to share the news that there are multiple states working on signing U.S. Bike Routes.

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May 2, 2013
Traveling Europe by Two Wheels: Europe's Multi-Modal System
Traveling Europe by Two Wheels: Europe's Multi-Modal System

Our friends at Two Wheeled Travel, Carolyn Bys and Tyler Robertson, currently live in Warsaw, Poland and wanted to remind us that bicycling infrastructure reaches well beyond the Iron Curtain. They have been traveling by bicycle not only in Western Europe, but also Poland and the Czech Republic, taking spectacular photos of infrastructure as they go.

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April 3, 2013
Adventure Cycling and National Park Service Agreement
Adventure Cycling and National Park Service Agreement

Last week, we received a package from the Department of Interior. Adam, my colleague, snapped a photo of the envelope and posted it on Facebook. Wow! We didn't realize how excited our supporters would be to know that the final version of the national agreement between Adventure Cycling Association and the National Park Service was finally in hand. 

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March 5, 2013
Cyclists Descend on DC for National Bike Summit
Cyclists Descend on DC for National Bike Summit

AASHTO is proud to be among the many supporters of the 2013 National Bike Summit. This week, the premiere advocacy event for cycling brings more than 800 enthusiasts of all types to the nation's capital. If you haven’t participated in the National Bike Summit before, I highly recommend you do. The summit provides a solid voice for bike advocates and their allies, as well as a space for seminars on advocacy and the benefits of cycling. I'm sure you already know the health and economic benefits of cycling, and AASHTO does too.

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February 19, 2013
Sign Dilemma - When More Is Not Better
Sign Dilemma - When More Is Not Better

The U.S. Bicycle Route System, as an AASHTO project, follows many of the same guidelines and rules as any transportation project. For signing, the guiding document supplied by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUCTD). 

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January 17, 2013
U.S. Bike Route System: 10 Top Accomplishments of 2012
U.S. Bike Route System: 10 Top Accomplishments of 2012

It's been another incredible year for Adventure Cycling Association and for our work on the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS). I know it's already the middle of January, but let's take quick look back at 2012 accomplishments and then I'll give a sneak peek of all the great things to come in the new year.

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August 29, 2012
EuroVelo: A Model for the U.S. Bicycle Route System
EuroVelo: A Model for the U.S. Bicycle Route System

A bicycle route network launched by the European Cyclists Federation is made up of 12 routes and goes through multiple countries. EuroVelo is supported by national, regional and local governments, commercial serice providers and a leading sponsor, the Accell Group. The 12 routes will total 66,000 km when the system is complete. At present, 45,000 km are in place.

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May 21, 2012
Benefits of Bicycling & U.S. Bike Routes

Last week, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) announced the approval of two new U.S. Bike Routes: USBR 45 in Minnesota and USBR 35 in Michigan.

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