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We recently asked you to participate in a bicycle travel survey and 2,200 people responded. Here are some of the key takeaways.
Please take a few minutes to fill out our bike advocacy survey. We want to hear from you about challenges you’ve run into on the road and improvements you’d like Adventure Cycling to work towards in the next five years.
Here are five national parks you can get to on Amtrak with your bike and how to do it for Bike Your Park Day. And remember, you can visit a national or state park, monument, historic site, river, seashore, recreation area, preserve, forest, wildlife refuge, or parkway ... it’s your day to ride whatever “park” you like.
What better way to celebrate summer than to ride Indiana’s U.S. Bicycle Route 35? The north-south route stretches 360 miles from Lake Michigan to Louisville, Kentucky, through welcoming communities filled with amenities, local restaurants, and historical attractions that make for a unique traveling excursion.
This summer travel season may be the last year with train travel as an option for millions of Americans. On the weekend of June 23, rail passengers are planning to #Rally4Trains at stations across the country to speak up for long-distance train service.
If you’re looking to build bicycle tourism in your community, check out these new bicycle tourism resources to help get you started.
There are many reasons why designating U.S. Bicycle Routes is good for your community and state. Here are the top 10 ways that the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) benefits everyone in America.
The Montana Senate has passed an amendment to create an anti-tourism bicycle tax, which would charge all out-of-state bicyclists who visit Montana $25. We need you to contact Montana House members TODAY to stop this bicycle tax from becoming law.
“How can my town/business attract more touring cyclists and be more bicycle friendly?” We hear questions like these all the time, and we’re here to help.
Amy Camp from Cycle Forward offers five ways to start building a “trail town” program for your community, connecting trails, trail users, and tourism for economic development and revitalization.
Adventure Cycling’s Ginny Sullivan traveled to Europe to meet with EuroVelo Coordinators and present at the EuroVelo Greenways and Cycle Tourism Conference. These are the lessons learned from the immersion in European bicycle tourism.
Wondering how to bring your bike on board Amtrak? Want to know where to find information and what to expect? This post will help.
Adventure Cycling's Ginny Sullivan participated in the Go! Montreal Festival and visited with Vélo Québec staff to learn about La Route Verte, Bienvenue cyclists!, and more.
Amtrak’s Caitlin Cooper gives a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to get roll-on bicycle service on the Vermonter, launching this May.
Trail Town programs use trail tourism as a strategy for economic development and revitalization, and have taken off as a model around the U.S. Here's a few examples of various programs that we can learn from.
And Amtrak's bicycle roll-on service made it easy: The sound of a train whistle takes me back to a bike tour that I recently took with my cycling significant other Randy along the rustically charming C&O Canal and Great Allegheny Passage on U.S. Bicycle Route 50.
Have you been dreaming of the day you could take a bike trip on the Great Allegheny Passage and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath and use train travel to augment your trip? Now you can start planning your trip! On Monday, September 14th, Amtrak launched new roll-on bicycle service on the Capitol Limited and hosted ribbon-cutting ceremonies at the Washington DC and Chicago stations.
Standing in the early morning darkness, bikes in hand, six Amtrak passengers waited at Pittsburgh's Union Station to catch the Capitol Limited train and demo Amtrak's new—not quite yet publicly available—bicycle roll-on service. Eager cyclists, get ready to pitch your bike box!
The Missoula to Lolo Trail has been twenty years in the making, but the wait is finally coming to a close. By summer of 2016 the trail will be ready, just in time for Adventure Cycling's huge 40th Anniversary celebration in Missoula. And just in time for the touring cyclists heading through Missoula on the cross-country TransAmerica Trail and Lewis & Clark bicycle routes.
Jon Wergin quit his job, sold his car, and rode his bike across the country. A year later he is working as an intern at Adventure Cycling and earning his degree in transportation planning. Meet Jon, the newest member of our crew!
During the month of May, we are celebrating the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) and successes in improving bicycle travel conditions nationwide. This week we’re focusing on how bicycling benefits businesses and economies and it’s pretty clear that cyclists love beer. Just look at the number of bicycles parked in front of the local brewery and it’s easy to see how that connection is made. We also explored how the craft brewery culture seems to fit with the growing enthusiasm for bicycling. I recently traveled to Fort Collins and had the opportunity to meet two people that make their living from the bike and beer association.
During the month of May we are celebrating the U.S. Bicycle Route System and successes in improving bicycle travel conditions nationwide. This week we’re focusing on how bicycling benefits businesses and economies and as you’ll see, no matter what kind of cycling you do, the numbers speak for themselves.
We’ve seen an increasing number of communities calling us up and asking, “How can our town serve adventure cyclists? What can we do to make them feel welcome and encourage them to stay the night?” Here are 10 tips to help your community become a bicycle travel destination.
There are several hospitality programs for cycle tourists, but none exist in the U.S. Why not? Is there one that might make a good model for the U.S. Bicycle Route System? How are they administered? What do they offer? To answer these questions, I’ve compiled a few of the programs I know about:
During the month of May we are celebrating the U.S. Bicycle Route System and this week we’re focusing on accomplishments for bicycle travel and tourism in national and state parks. These top 5 success stories highlight the innovative ways that state parks are working to welcome and accommodate bicyclists.