U.S. Bicycle Route System

The U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) is a developing national network of bicycle routes connecting urban and rural communities via signed roads and trails. Created with public input, U.S. Bicycle Routes direct bicyclists to a preferred route through a city, county, or state - creating opportunities for people everywhere to bicycle for travel, transportation, and recreation.

Nearly 18,000 miles are currently established in 31 states and Washington DC – and many routes are signed. 

Since 2005, Adventure Cycling has been proud to shepherd the growth of the USBRS. We provide free technical assistance, coordination, and resources to assist stakeholder groups in their designation efforts. 

Together, we're building the largest public bike route network in the world!

August 25, 2021
Nearly 3,000 miles of new U.S. Bicycle Routes!
Nearly 3,000 miles of new U.S. Bicycle Routes!

Big news for the U.S. Bicycle Route System. We're happy to announce the 2021 Spring U.S. Bicycle Route designations! These 18 new routes and two realignments add 2,903 miles to the growing USBRS bringing the total miles in the network to 17,734.

April 12, 2021
Small Town Invests Big in Bicycle Travel
Small Town Invests Big in Bicycle Travel- Sterling, Kansas: A Case Study in Bicycle Tourism

At a glance, Sterling, Kansas appears to come straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting. The major summer event is its Old Fashioned Fourth of July with fireworks, a parade, and turtle races.

By City of Sterling Kansas
January 13, 2021
Five New U.S. Bicycle Routes to celebrate in the New Year!
Five New U.S. Bicycle Routes to celebrate in the New Year!

The beginning of 2021 brings with it five new U.S. Bicycle Routes across the country with new states North Dakota and New York. These routes add almost 300 miles to the growing U.S. Bicycle Route System!

November 1, 2021
New Kentucky roadside signage marks "Daniel Boone Bike Route"

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary (KYTC) Jim Gray and local officials gathered in Berea to celebrate the completion of a four-month roadside signage project identifying Kentucky’s new U.S. Bicycle Route 21 (USBR).

Tags: USBR 21
August 29, 2021
Ohio now has the most U.S. Bicycle Route miles in America

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Imagine starting a bike ride on the Towpath Trail and pedaling all the way to Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C. or even Atlanta.

A new frontier is opening for bike travel. A growing network of designated routes is being pieced together across the nation along low-traffic roads, trails and bike lanes by the same association that designates Interstate highway numbers. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) established the U.S. Bicycle Route System in 1978. However, it’s only recently begun to take shape.

Tags: USBR 230, USBR 25, USBR 21, USBR 21, USBR 30, USBR 44
August 24, 2021
New Bike Routes Added In 5 States, Largest Growth To U.S. Bicycle Route System

Eighteen new bike routes in five states have recently been designated, adding nearly 3,000 miles to the U.S. Bicycle Route System, a developing complex of officially recognized, publicly-accessible travel paths across the country. The latest routes — in California, Indiana, Ohio, Utah, and Washington State — represent the largest addition to the bike network to date, both in number and total mileage. 

Tags: USBR 50, USBR 95, USBR 30, USBR 44, USBR 40, USBR 21, USBR 25, USBR 66, USBR 77, USBR 20, USBR 81, USBR 79
March 18, 2021
NEW HORIZONS: Potential for Cycle Tourism has Local Officials Ready to Ride

Just as Northwest Arkansas capitalized on built-in advantages to become a mecca for mountain biking, officials both public and private think Central Arkansas and the Delta could benefit from road cycling’s rising popularity. And in the case of USBR 80, the allure of cycle touring.

Tags: USBR 51, USBR 80
March 1, 2021
Ohio's State and US Bike Routes

OHIO - Did you know that Ohio has a strategic statewide bicycling network?
It’s called the State and US Bike Route System (S/USBR), and it’s made up of more than 3,000 miles of on- and off-road bike facilities that connect over 400 communities across the state.

Tags: USBR 25, USBR 44, USBR 30, USBR 21, USBR 50
February 24, 2021
AASHTO, Adventure Cycling Formalize Partnership To Reach 50,000-Mile National Bike Route System

WASHINGTON – The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the Adventure Cycling Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalizing their longtime partnership to expand the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) for a seamless travel experience across the United States.

Tags: USBRS
November 16, 2020
Building momentum for U.S. Bicycle Route 95 in California.

Carlsbad, CA is the latest city to approve designation for the 1,000-mile USBR 95 along the Pacific Coast.

Tags: USBR 95
August 14, 2019
Woodbury County, Iowa pledges support for USBR 55

Communities in Iowa are starting to rally behind the state's first U.S. Bicycle Route. 

July 10, 2019
Lancaster, CA is latest city to sign on to USBR 85

The Lancaster City Council unanimously supported the designation of U.S. Bicycle Route 85 through California, and plans to improve the bike lanes which the route follows.

January 14, 2019
Indiana closing in on USBR 235

U.S. Bicycle Route 235 will connect Indianapolis to Seymour, Indiana. 

December 26, 2018
Arcata joins the effort to designate USBR 95 in California

With the city of Arcata signing on to designate U.S. Bicycle Route 95 along the California coast, nearly half of all jurisdictions have indicated support for this iconic route!

September 13, 2018
Cave Country Trails finalizes plans for U.S. Bicycle Route 23 in Kentucky

"Cave Country Trails believes getting a U.S. bike route would lure more adventure tourists to the area." The group finalized work on the 110-mile U.S. Bicycle Route 23 in Kentucky, which now awaits official approval from AASHTO.

July 16, 2018
CityLab takes a look at USBR 66

U.S. Bicycle Route 66 is breathing life back into small communities along the "Mother Road." CityLab takes a look at what the designation means for Missouri and Kansas, and the effort to connect the route across the country.

July 13, 2018
Lorain County, OH wants on national bike map

In Lorain County, Ohio, community members see their connection to the U.S. Bicycle Route System as a way to highlight all the cycling opportunities in town and in the region.

July 12, 2018
In Erie, PA, new U.S. Bicycle Routes also means more local bike routes

Erie, Pennsylvania is celebrating the designations of U.S. Bicycle Routes 30 and 36, and using the new routes as a framework to build a local network of bicycle routes. 

July 3, 2018
New 320-mile USBR in process in Maine

The Northern Maine Development Commission is in the final stages of designating a new U.S. Bicycle Route. When complete, the new route will connect to existing USBR 1 and to La Route Verte in Canada.

June 18, 2018
Missouri celebrates USBR 66 with a ribbon cutting

On Sunday, June 17, supporters of U.S. Bicycle Route 66 gathered in Joplin, Missouri for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the route's official designation. 

May 4, 2018
Wisconsin closing in on USBR 30

With the unanimous support from the community of Baraboo, U.S. Bicycle Route 30 in Wisconsin moves closer to the finish line.

April 3, 2018
Support grows for USBR 90 in Louisiana

In Louisiana, advocates for U.S. Bicycle Route 90 are slowly making progress toward designation. 

March 13, 2018
Cave City, Kentucky Supports USBR 23

Supporters of U.S. Bicycle Route 23 spoke to the city council in Cave City, Kentucky, and secured the city's support for designating the route. "The idea is to tie communities into a network that generates bicycle tourism all across the country."