Labeling US Bicycle Route Systems

March 6, 2014

In the midst of our recent map reprint, we not only updated services and made minor route changes, we also altered this batch of maps to show where the Adventure Cycling Route Network coincides with the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS).

Since the U.S. Bicycle Routes have the potential to be signed across the country, we decided to adopt similar sign symbology to label these roads as shown in the graphics below.

Currently we have labeled these concurrencies on two of our routes, the Lake Erie Connector (USBR 20) and TransAmerica Trail (USBR 76), through four states — Michigan, Missouri, Kentucky, and Virginia.

It has been exciting to watch the USBRS network come together over time and it's exciting to acknowledge them on our maps. Watch for U.S. Bicycle Routes on the maps you buy in the future!

GEOPOINTS BULLETIN is written by Jennifer 'Jenn' Milyko, an Adventure Cycling cartographer, and appears weekly, highlighting curious facts, figures, and persons from the Adventure Cycling Route Network with tips and hints for personal route creation thrown in for good measure. She also wants to remind you that map corrections and comments are always welcome via the online Map Correction Form.


Shane March 6, 2014, 10:37 AM

Nice, are you asking state DOTs to place these on the route in their states?

Jennifer Milyko March 7, 2014, 7:05 AM

Shane: Signs are not required as part of the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) designation process. Our routes sometimes -- but not always -- are in alignment with the state designated USBRs. We are attempting to keep the confusion to a minimum by calling them out as we can.

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