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, Ginny Sullivan, and Saara Snow of the Travel Initiatives Department and focuses on news related to the emerging U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS). The USBRS project is a collaborative effort, spearheaded by a task force under the auspices of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). Members of the task force include officials and staff from state DOTs, the Federal Highway Administration, and nonprofits like the East Coast Greenway Alliance and Mississippi River Trail, Inc.