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.

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BUILDING THE U.S. BICYCLE ROUTE SYSTEM is posted by Ginny Sullivan and Saara Snow of the Travel Initiatives Department and focuses on news related to the emerging U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS). The USBRS project is a collaborative effort, spearheaded by a task force under the auspices of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). Members of the task force include officials and staff from state DOTs, the Federal Highway Administration, and nonprofits like the East Coast Greenway Alliance and Mississippi River Trail, Inc.

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Rick Etter

Great idea with amazing benefits.

March 22, 2017, 9:53 PM
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Julie Walcoff

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

March 23, 2017, 7:09 AM
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Bob Kissinger

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

March 27, 2017, 7:36 AM
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Dina

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!

April 7, 2017, 8:29 PM
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