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May 23, 2016
Follow the USBRS with OpenCycleMaps
Follow the USBRS with Open Cycle Maps

What if there was an interactive, digital map of every bicycle route that has ever been established? Learn all about OpenCycleMap here ...

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May 22, 2016
National Parks Package Looking for a Good Home
National Parks Package Looking for a Good Home

Donate now for the chance to win the National Parks Package: a Burley “Nomad” trailer, Road Holland jersey, and a National Park Service pass. And there are USBR 76 goodies for donating and a chance to win a Salsa Marrakesh touring bike.

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May 16, 2016
Growing the Network: Major Milestones
Growing the Network: Major Milestones

The U.S. Bicycle Route System has reached some major milestones lately. Here are a few of the more recent ones. 

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May 15, 2016
How to Celebrate a New U.S. Bicycle Route, John Pope style
How to Celebrate a New U.S. Bicycle Route, John Pope style

Getting the USBR 10 officially approved involved getting 18 cities and towns, seven counties, and a handful of transportation districts and federal officials’ approval — no easy task!

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May 9, 2016
Public vs Private: How Does Funding for the USBRS Compare Internationally? 
Public vs Private: How Does Funding for the USBRS Compare Internationally? 

The U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) is just one of many bicycle route networks in the world, all funded and managed differently. Here we compare aspects of the USBRS with two other well-known networks — Quebec’s La Route Verte and EuroVelo in Switzerland.

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May 8, 2016
As Told by Cyclists from Around the Country
As Told by Cyclists from Around the Country

The U.S. Bicycle Route System is an amazing project, but don't take our word for it. Listen to these cyclists from around the country about why they support the USBRS.

 

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May 2, 2016
USBRS: The Road to 50,000 Miles of World-Class Bicycle Routes
The Road to 50,000 Miles of World-Class Bicycle Routes

We often draw comparisons between the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) and the U.S. Interstate System. But the road to 50,000 miles is drastically different between the two networks — the Interstate System was funded 90% by the government, while the USBRS is funded 96% by people like you. 

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May 1, 2016
Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign
Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

Make bicycling history by supporting the building of the U.S. Bicycle Route System and show that bikes have a permanent place on the road.

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April 27, 2016
10 Ways the U.S. Bicycle Route System Benefits America
10 Ways the U.S. Bicycle Route System Benefits America

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.

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April 20, 2016
Trails, Roads, and Highways: USBRS Facilities By The Numbers
Trails, Roads, and Highways: USBRS Facilities By The Numbers

What do the current U.S. Bicycle Routes look like on the ground? We've tallied up all 11,053 miles to find total distances of trails, local roads, and state highways. Read this to have a better idea of what the USBRS looks like, so far.

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March 2, 2016
Five Questions About the U.S. Bicycle Route System
Five Questions About the U.S. Bicycle Route System

The five questions Adventure Cycling is asked most frequently about the U.S. Bicycle Route System ... answered here.

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January 6, 2016
U.S. Bicycle Route System: Top 10 Achievements in 2015
U.S. Bicycle Route System: Top 10 Achievements in 2015

Take a quick look back at 2015 and review the top ten acheivements for the U.S. Bicycle Route System.

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October 14, 2015
We Hear the Train A Comin': A Bike/Train Tour on U.S. Bicycle Route 50
We Hear the Train A Comin': A Bike-Train Tour on U.S. Bicycle Route 50

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. 

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July 22, 2015
Three Ways Urban Areas can be Bike Travel Friendly
Three Ways Urban Areas can be Bike Travel Friendly

Cities are where some of the most exciting developments for cycling are taking place, such as bike share, separated bike lanes, and bikes on board trains and buses. But urban areas are usually more commonly known for bike commuting rather than bike touring, and most bicycle touring routes tend to avoid cities in favor of scenic, low traffic, rural routes. The U.S. Bicycle Route System is an opportunty to connect cities with these developing facilities. 

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June 3, 2015
USBRS in My Backyard: The People & Stories Behind the Routes
USBRS in My Backyard: The People and Stories Behind the Routes

It's the people, places, and stories that connect and inspire the U.S. Bicycle Route System, so we thought we'd share our growing collection of USBRS in My Backyard photos. 

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May 28, 2015
Announcing New U.S. Bicycle Route System Online Resources
Announcing New U.S. Bicycle Route System Online Resources

Adventure Cycling is introducing its new and improved online resources to help you find the U.S. Bicycle Route System information you’re looking for. Now there is a one-stop-shop for all USBRS resources, whether you're riding, implementing, or promoting a USBR. 

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May 26, 2015
New U.S. Bicycle Routes in UT and ID and updates in MN
New U.S. Bicycle Routes in UT and ID and updates in MN

Today we feature newly designated and realigned U.S. Bicycle Routes (USBR) officially adopted by AASHTO on May 14, 2015: Idaho with USBR 10, Utah with USBR 70 and 79, and Minnesota with USBR 45.

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May 21, 2015
Bikes and Beer and Building the U.S. Bicycle Route System
Bikes and Beer and Building the U.S. Bicycle Route System

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.

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May 19, 2015
Bikes & Bucks: 6 Ways Bicycling Benefits Businesses & Local Economies
Bikes Bring Bucks: 6 Ways Bicycling Benefits Businesses & Local Economies

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.

 

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May 14, 2015
10 Tips to Become a Bicycle Travel Destination. Add Your Ideas and Win!
10 Tips to Become a Bicycle Travel Destination. Add Your Ideas and Win!

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.

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May 12, 2015
Hospitality for Cyclists: Programs We Can Learn From
Hospitality for Cyclists: Programs We Can Learn From

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: 

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May 7, 2015
Top 5 Successes for Bicycling in State Parks
Top 5 Successes for Bicycling in State Parks

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.  

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May 5, 2015
Top 5 Successes for Bicycling in National Parks
Top 5 Successes for Bicycling in National Parks

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 national parks are working to welcome and accommodate bicyclists.  

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March 25, 2015
Bicycle Route 66: Behind the Scenes in Oklahoma
Bicycle Route 66: Behind the Scenes in Oklahoma

During the month of March, we are featuring a series of guest posts that showcase the volunteers and advocates who provided behind-the-scenes support to bring Bicycle Route 66 to life. This week, Kevin Mussett, board member of the Oklahoma Bicycle Coalition, shares how Bicycle Route 66 and USBR 66 designation has been a central focus for their efforts to attract bicycle tourism and make Oklahoma safer and more bicycle friendly. 

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March 18, 2015
Bicycle Route 66: Behind the Scenes in Missouri
Bicycle Route 66: Behind the Scenes in Missouri

During the month of March, we are featuring a series of guest posts that showcase the volunteers and advocates who provided behind-the-scenes support to bring Bicycle Route 66 to life. This week, Brent Hugh, Executive Director of the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation shares how Adventure Cycling's Bicycle Route 66 is an important part of their larger initiative to build a statewide bicycle plan and connect destinations through trails.

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