During the planning process for U.S. Bicycle Routes, you will review guiding documents for developing U.S. Bicycle Routes, determine your team, stakeholders, and responsibilities, determine goals and choose which corridor to implement, and establish your timeline and team communications
Team leaders should familiarize themselves with the following documents early in the process:
State departments of transportation (DOTs) may appoint a person to be in charge of the project, though that person may not have the resources to do the leg work required to define a route and gain support from local agencies, and may require collaborative support from organizations and volunteers.
State DOTs may also lead the process from beginning to end.
For states that wish to have U.S. Bicycle Routes but do not have the DOT capacity to pursue them directly, partnerships and contracts with non-government organizations, or collaborative efforts with stakeholder organizations and volunteers, can support the planning process.
Consider collaborating with these types of organizations on route planning and outreach:
Appoint a coordinator and other stakeholders to roles in the development process. The Community or Team Approach to Designation document (PDF) may provide a model. (Thanks to Paul Vandenbosch and C. Davey for their ideas.)
Collaboration is still recommended. Planning should involve a review of the corridor and the proposed route by appropriate groups (as suggested above). In addition, the following should also be involved during some part of the process, especially if they have jurisdiction over roads and trails:
Adventure Cycling Association provides training and technical assistance to help work through barriers with agency staff and partners as needed. Contact the Travel Initiatives Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Corridor Plan map provides a starting point for choosing which corridor you will implement as a U.S. Bicycle Route. On the plan, priority corridors have numbers. Faint brown-scaled corridors without a number (non-prioritized) may be prioritized by states as long as neighboring states agree.* Keep in mind that corridors can be adjusted within a state to take advantage of existing or emerging bicycle infrastructure or great cycling roads, trails, and other opportunities. If a corridor needs to be changed or a new corridor is identified, Adventure Cycling will coordinate with the AASHTO staff liaison and USBRS Task Force for comment, review, and approval. Contact us at email@example.com.
In choosing which corridor to implement, you should determine the purpose of the corridor, and ultimately, the U.S. Bicycle Route. Here are some considerations:
*You will need to coordinate with neighboring state(s) to determine priorities and which corridors to implement. Regional conference calls can be coordinated by Adventure Cycling Association. Contact the Adventure Cycling's Travel Initiatives Department for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The actual designation process begins next, which includes: