The USBRS at Your Digital Fingertips

April 25, 2018

Old Delina Country Store calls itself “Somewhere in the middle of nowhere.” Volunteers in Tennessee call it “An oasis… a good place to stop before enjoying the extremely quiet roads of southern Middle Tennessee.” A quick Google search makes it look like exactly the sort of road-side stop that leads to the best kind of bike travel stories. Old Delina Country Store is located along U.S. Bicycle Route 23 – and now, if you want a map to lead you there, we have you covered.

Did Someone Say Maps?

Back in December 2017, after years of wanting standardized maps to help riders navigate along U.S. Bicycle Routes, we launched a partnership with Ride with GPS. Using their web-based software, we spent the past several months creating digital maps for every designated U.S. Bicycle Route. And in true Adventure Cycling fashion, we also double- and triple-checked the maps to ensure their accuracy.

What this means is that you now have access to fully-navigable digital maps and route information to help you ride along a U.S. Bicycle Route - and discover all of the unique places along the way. You can download the file straight to your GPS device or print out a cue sheet. You can create an account and work within the Ride with GPS software to link a U.S. Bicycle Route to another known route. And you can share the route on your social media channels to get your friends excited to ride with you. (If you're not yet familiar with the Ride with GPS platform, take a look at this handy help document.)

Start Planning

Currently, there are nearly 12,000 miles of designated U.S. Bicycle Routes. That's a lot of America to explore! Over the next few weeks, we'll be highlighting some of the unique experiences that await you, starting with Old Delina Country Store. 

U.S. Bicycle Route 23 runs north-south across Tennessee, and will soon connect into Kentucky and USBR 76. So, you could find your way to Old Delina Country Store as part of a long rambling cross-country trip. Or you could do a bike overnight and start in Nashville.

For a fun short trip, pedal south out of Nashville to Henry Horton State Park (just off route). Book a room at the Inn for a comfy long weekend, or pitch your tent for a simple overnighter (bonus: Tennessee State Parks has a no-turn-away policy, which means you're assured of a place to pitch your tent, no matter what). On the second day, continue south along USBR 23 to Old Delina Country Store. Kick back with some lunch and a cold drink on the porch. Then make your way back north.

Or maybe riding through a cactus-dotted desert landscape is more your style. U.S. Bicycle Route 90 runs west-east across Arizona. Where the Adventure Cycling Southern Tier continues east out of the Phoenix metro area, USBR 90 travels down to the southeast corner of the state.

A lollypop loop out of the Phoenix or Tuscon metro areas would take you south along USBR 90. Wind your way through the quiet landscape and the wineries near Sonoita. Take in the Wild West heritage of Tombstone, "the town too tough to die." Climb up into the mountains to explore Bisbee, a former mining town turned quirky artist community. Out of the mountains to the east, take the alternate route to the north and loop back to just outside of Tombstone, where you can reconnect with the main route and head back to the metro.

The U.S. at Your Fingertips

U.S. Bicycle Routes are designed to take you long and short distances – across the whole country if you want, or just down the road a ways. They’re designed to connect you to new experiences, to introduce you to new people, and to open up new opportunities for bicycle travel. And now that they’re all online, in an easy-to-use format, they’re truly rideable.

So, take a look, take a ride, and let us know what you think!

Top Photo Delina Country Store | Bottom photo Dan Minjares.

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Lumi

Do these digital maps work with an iPhone6 ? Is it a gps for these purposes

April 25, 2018, 8:05 AM
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Tom

They should as long as the Ride with GPS app is available on apple. Someone with a phone from that company should be able to test it for you.

April 25, 2018, 8:17 AM
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Elyse

I have been using Ride with GPS on my iPhone 6 for a long time. Just download the app, make sure you download the route and ride it offline. You will love it!

April 26, 2018, 10:51 AM
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Tom

I look forward to the digital map of USBR 66 through Illinois. Someday I want to ride from Chicago to St. Louis.

April 25, 2018, 8:15 AM
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Steve All

Tom, as there isn't (just quite yet) a USBR 66 through Illinois, there isn't a digital map either (well, maybe in a planning department). Missouri might expect USBR 66 fairly soon. So, you've got your two pieces there, emerging right now. It's neat how the USBRS grows. Its map data, too.

Check opencyclemap.org and watch it update in a sort of slow-motion yet real-time way (over months and years). There are a number of good (free!) maps (raw map data, if you want them) of our cycling networks, including the USBRS.

Have you seen a QR code on a bike-signpost sticker that opens your smart phone to a web-map of "this location, with bike routes in different colors?" You can now!

April 25, 2018, 1:38 PM
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Tom

Thank you... I will keep my eyes open.

I do have the paper map version from a few years ago.

April 25, 2018, 1:52 PM
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Laura Crawford

Tom, there are several states working on USBR 66, so you'll start seeing those designations shortly. And we'll be sure to post maps and route information as soon as those routes are official!

April 25, 2018, 2:53 PM
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Steve All

A little raw and still not-quite-yet-AASHTO-approved (nor double-checked in OpenStreetMap, I'm working on that...) try this for Missouri's USBR 66 data:

https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/8215934#map=9/37.9280/-92.3936&layers=C

Have fun!

April 25, 2018, 2:15 PM
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Steve All

ACA, thank you for this USBR 23 link! Where is a table of similar clickable links for each and every USBR? I'd like that without the two dozen paragraphs of Terms of Service RideWithGPS asks of me (and OpenStreetMap doesn't). And thank you in advance for sharing, should you more widely share these public routes (and their links).

Here is ours: https://wiki.osm.org/wiki/WikiProject_US_Bike_Route_System

With great ACA help, OSM has been updating this since 2013!

April 25, 2018, 2:52 PM
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Laura Crawford

Thanks Steve. You'll find all of the RWGPS maps for all designated routes on this page: https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/us-bicycle-route-system/maps-and-route-resources/

April 25, 2018, 2:57 PM
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Steve All

I appreciate the link, Laura! GPX files do seem to be a "lingua franca" that work across a wide variety of GPS and other mapping software and devices.

OSM's (wiki) table lags a bit in comparison to ACA's, as some GPX data on the wiki I linked above can be noisy; OSM endeavors to clean up those data (this GPX-noise was only recently discovered). Also, OSM hasn't yet "split" the routes into north-/south- and east-/west-bound routes as ACA has, that's a longer-term accomplishment for OSM.

As a workaround, try another site based on OSM data:

https://cycling.waymarkedtrails.org/#?map=5!41!-95/#routelist

If your browser doesn't show a route list, click the Routes button (lower-right), then select a route and click "GPX."

Works for me!

April 25, 2018, 3:58 PM
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Steve All

There do seem to be some minor errors in OSM's downloaded GPX files, as algorithms differ slightly for creating the GPX data from the OSM data (and bidirectional routes can be problematic to these). Fixing these happens "ongoing," what will really equate RideWithGPS data with OSM's data is OSM's longer-term transition to "split routes."

In the meantime, the DISPLAY of these routes (by OpenCycleMap.org, by waymarkedtrails.org) has rather high accuracy; approved USBRs "look pretty good" right now. Congratulations to ACA on what appear to be well-tested, quality-assured data: riding the route twice or more clearly helps!

April 25, 2018, 4:25 PM
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Bud Halpin

I've contacted the Ohio Bicycle/Pedestrian coordinator on suggested bicycle routes and was told that they don't do that or have any information on hand to disseminate. Maybe you'd like to contact them on your personal e-mail account or just telephone them to see what the situation is. Thank You!

April 30, 2018, 8:27 PM
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Laura Crawford

Hi Bud. I'm a bit confused about what happened, as Ohio is quite involved in designated U.S. Bicycle Routes. I'll reach out to them and see what I can find out. Also, please feel free to contact us directly if you have any other background information: usbrsinfo@adventurecycling.org. Thanks!

May 1, 2018, 10:19 AM
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