Building the Largest Official Cycling Route Network in the World

March 22, 2017

Ohio’s contribution to U.S. Bicycle Route 50 was signed last summer (2016).

Ohio designated 313 miles of U.S. Bicycle Route 50 (USBR 50) in 2014 and signs went up along the route in the summer of 2016. Now it’s time to celebrate!

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for USBR 50 will take place in conjunction with the opening day for trails on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The event starts at 11:00AM at the Prairie Grass Trailhead in London, and there are plans to ride through London’s historic downtown area. Details below.

Once complete nationally, USBR 50 will run from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. USBR 50 also roughly follows Adventure Cycling’s planned Chicago to New York route. Maps for that route will be released later this year. 

The Prairie Grass Trail is part of the Ohio to Erie Trail
A busy day on the Camp Chase Trail
Bicyclists of all ages can ride the Camp Chase Trail near Columbus, Ohio, part of U.S. Bicycle Route 50.

Where: Prairie Grass Trailhead Shelter House, Madison County Senior Citizens Center, 280 W High Street, London, OH 43140

When: 11:00AM, Saturday, April 8, 2017

Who: Friends of Madison County Parks and Trail, Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Department of Health, City of London, Madison County Commissioners, Madison County Engineer

Details: In Ohio, USBR 50 enters at the Indiana border, traverses 11 counties in the center of the state, and exits Ohio at the Market Street Bridge in Jefferson County.

Check out the official invite for more details, and we hope to see you there!

This colorful mural along the Camp Chase Trail was commissioned by Summer Jam West of artist Roger J. Williams

Top 2 photos by Julie Walcoff at the Ohio Department of Transportation | Photos of Camp Chase Trail by Friends of the Camp Chase Trail | Prairie Grass Trail photo by Friends of Madison County Parks & Trails.


May is National Bike Month! The U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) has resources to make your May and everyday more bicycle friendly. Support our efforts and donate $5, $10, $50 to help build the largest bicycle network in the world! Donate Today!


Charlie May 8, 2017, 9:10 AM

Lets remember the "Largest Bike Network" is only one criteria. The "Safest Bike Network" should also be the goal. Many State highways with speed limits of 65mph or more are not that safe for cycling or family friendly even with a shoulder.

Dina April 7, 2017, 8:29 PM

Thanks for recognizing this great trail. It runs past my house and is well traveled and well maintained. Come see Ohio's great small towns!

Bob Kissinger March 27, 2017, 7:36 AM

Great news! I plan to ride the Pittsburgh-Xenia portion of USBR 50 in May. I will let you know all about it.

Julie Walcoff March 23, 2017, 7:09 AM

Thank You Adventure Cycling for recognizing all of the hard work by advocates, community leaders, and government officials all over Ohio.

Rick Etter March 22, 2017, 9:53 PM

Great idea with amazing benefits.

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