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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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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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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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