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The U.S. Bicycle Route System has reached some major milestones lately. Here are a few of the more recent ones.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The five questions Adventure Cycling is asked most frequently about the U.S. Bicycle Route System ... answered here.
Take a quick look back at 2015 and review the top ten acheivements for the U.S. Bicycle Route System.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
These top 5 success stories highlight the innovative ways that national parks are working to welcome and accommodate bicyclists.
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.
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.
During the month of March, we will be 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, Ed Barsotti, Executive Director for the League of Illinois Bicyclists (LIB), shares the story of how the LIB worked collaboratively with a committee of stakeholders to create the Illinois Route 66 Trail, which provided a template for the creation of Bicycle Route 66 in Illinois.
There is an effort underway in central Arkansas to save a historic bridge from demolition. Volunteers are working on turning it into a bicycle and pedestrian bridge that will become part of a grander plan to link bike trails and routes across the state — and this bridge would be a major highlight on U.S. Bicycle Route 80.
We welcome Eva Dunn-Froebig, our newest staff member who will be planning the 40th Anniversary and working on bicycle advocacy and outreach. She tells us a bit about herself and her passion for bicycle advocacy.
From Bikecentennial to U.S. Bicycle Route 76, the TransAmerica Trail has played a huge role in the development of Adventure Cycling and the bicycle travel experiences of countless cyclists. An upcoming celebration in Farmington, Missouri will recognize and commemorate the history of the TransAmerica Trail, its incorporation into the U.S. Bicycle Route System, and the benefits that almost 40 years of bicycle travel has brought to the state.
Embarking on this trip, I was really curious to see how European tourism officials were involved in both promoting and supporting bicycle tourism in their regions and communities as well as how the hospitality industry was woven into that fabric of promotion and accommodation.