Networks across the world have developed steadily for the past twenty years. By studying these continental, regional, and local systems, a number of best practices and implementation resources are applicable to the U.S. system. These networks have demonstrated enormous success, providing local transportation choices while creating destinations for bicycle tourism.
The Adventure Cycling Route Network is Adventure Cycling's mapped cycling route network of 44,662 across North America. Many of these established routes may be incorporated into the official U.S. Bicycle Route System.
Europe's official cycle route network, EuroVelo, is a project of the European Cylcists' Federation.
The United Kingdom’s National Cycle Network, developed with the help of Sustrans (a nonprofit organization) has more than 13,000 miles of connected bike routes and trails. Funding comes from multiple resources including the lottery, landfill tax, and various charitable foundations. The system boasts that 57% of the U.K. population lives within 1 mile of a route and 75% within 2 miles.
VeloLand Switzerland is expanding their current system of nine routes to 50. They are supported by multiple entities including the Switzerland Mobility Foundation, the federal Office of Energy and local governments.
Vélo Quebec’s La Route Verte is a 2,400-mile network that generates more than $160 million annually in economic returns. This network incorporates bike paths, designated shared roadways, and roads with paved shoulders all marked with bright signage. The network also connects urban and suburban routes to serve every-day cyclists. Vélo Quebec has received much support from the Quebec government.