February 1, 2017
2016 was a big year for bicycle advocacy all over the country. From new and improved routes and signs to better Amtrak accommodations, bicycle travel is becoming more convenient, accessible, and safer than ever. Here are the top three ways Adventure Cycling worked to improve bike travel conditions last year.
Utah: USBR 70 and 79 runs 780 miles along Adventure Cycling’s Western Express route, passing by many of Utah’s iconic national parks. The Utah Bike Coalition and Utah Department of Transportation worked to sign the route last fall.
Connecticut and Massachusetts, USBR 7: Also known as the Western New England Greenway, this 378-mile route connects Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont, all the way to the Canadian border.
The Bike Task Force was created in 2013 with several partner organizations and is co-led by Adventure Cycling and Amtrak officials. 2016 was a momentous year for improving access to trains with bikes.
We’re very proud of all these major accomplishments, but must acknowledge we could never do this work without hundreds of dedicated volunteers, agency staff, and supporting non-profits. In addition, we’d like to offer our sincere thanks to Adventure Cycling members, donors, and sponsors. Without you, this work wouldn’t be possible.
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USBR 35 sign photo by Ken McCaughey, USBR 76 sign photo by Mac McCoy, Amtrak photo courtesy of Susan Scarpelli.
BUILDING THE U.S. BICYCLE ROUTE SYSTEM is posted by Laura Crawford and Ginny Sullivan of the Travel Initiatives Department and focuses on the growth of the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS), a developing national network of bicycle travel routes. For more USBRS updates, sign up for the quarterly eNews.