U.S. Bicycle Route System

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What if cycling across the country was as easy as following the numbers? The U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) will give you the ability to ride an officially numbered and signed bicycle route from your backyard to anywhere in the United States.  

To date, over 11,000 miles of U.S. Bicycle Routes have been officially designated in 23 states. When complete, the USBRS will encompass more than 50,000 miles of routes and open up amazing new opportunities for cross-country travel, regional bicycle touring, and commuting by bicycle. This developing bicycle route network will not only create better riding conditions and more visibility for cycling across the country, it will also grow bicycle tourism and local economies with very little investment.

With more than 40 states working to develop routes, the U.S. Bicycle Route System is connecting people, communities, and the nation. You can support the USBRS and help us designate and sign new routes by donating today

New to the U.S. Bicycle Route System?

Read the FAQs pages for cyclists and planners for introductory information, follow Building the U.S. Bicycle Route System on the Adventure Cycling blog, and friend us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates and news.

January 6, 2016
U.S. Bicycle Route System: Top 10 Achievements in 2015
U.S. Bicycle Route System: Top 10 Achievements in 2015

Take a quick look back at 2015 and review the top ten acheivements for the U.S. Bicycle Route System.

October 14, 2015
We Hear the Train A Comin': A Bike/Train Tour on U.S. Bicycle Route 50
We Hear the Train A Comin': A Bike-Train Tour on U.S. Bicycle Route 50

And Amtrak's bicycle roll-on service made it easy: The sound of a train whistle takes me back to a bike tour that I recently took with my cycling significant other Randy along the rustically charming C&O Canal and Great Allegheny Passage on U.S. Bicycle Route 50. 

July 22, 2015
Three Ways Urban Areas can be Bike Travel Friendly
Three Ways Urban Areas can be Bike Travel Friendly

Cities are where some of the most exciting developments for cycling are taking place, such as bike share, separated bike lanes, and bikes on board trains and buses. But urban areas are usually more commonly known for bike commuting rather than bike touring, and most bicycle touring routes tend to avoid cities in favor of scenic, low traffic, rural routes. The U.S. Bicycle Route System is an opportunty to connect cities with these developing facilities. 

June 3, 2015
USBRS in My Backyard: The People & Stories Behind the Routes
USBRS in My Backyard: The People and Stories Behind the Routes

It's the people, places, and stories that connect and inspire the U.S. Bicycle Route System, so we thought we'd share our growing collection of USBRS in My Backyard photos. 

May 28, 2015
Announcing New U.S. Bicycle Route System Online Resources
Announcing New U.S. Bicycle Route System Online Resources

Adventure Cycling is introducing its new and improved online resources to help you find the U.S. Bicycle Route System information you’re looking for. Now there is a one-stop-shop for all USBRS resources, whether you're riding, implementing, or promoting a USBR. 

May 26, 2015
New U.S. Bicycle Routes in UT and ID and updates in MN
New U.S. Bicycle Routes in UT and ID and updates in MN

Today we feature newly designated and realigned U.S. Bicycle Routes (USBR) officially adopted by AASHTO on May 14, 2015: Idaho with USBR 10, Utah with USBR 70 and 79, and Minnesota with USBR 45.

May 21, 2015
Bikes and Beer and Building the U.S. Bicycle Route System
Bikes and Beer and Building the U.S. Bicycle Route System

During the month of May, we are celebrating the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) and successes in improving bicycle travel conditions nationwide. This week we’re focusing on how bicycling benefits businesses and economies and it’s pretty clear that cyclists love beer. Just look at the number of bicycles parked in front of the local brewery and it’s easy to see how that connection is made. We also explored how the craft brewery culture seems to fit with the growing enthusiasm for bicycling. I recently traveled to Fort Collins and had the opportunity to meet two people that make their living from the bike and beer association.

May 19, 2015
Bikes & Bucks: 6 Ways Bicycling Benefits Businesses & Local Economies
Bikes Bring Bucks: 6 Ways Bicycling Benefits Businesses & Local Economies

During the month of May we are celebrating the U.S. Bicycle Route System and successes in improving bicycle travel conditions nationwide. This week we’re focusing on how bicycling benefits businesses and economies and as you’ll see, no matter what kind of cycling you do, the numbers speak for themselves.

 

May 14, 2015
10 Tips to Become a Bicycle Travel Destination. Add Your Ideas and Win!
10 Tips to Become a Bicycle Travel Destination. Add Your Ideas and Win!

We’ve seen an increasing number of communities calling us up and asking, “How can our town serve adventure cyclists? What can we do to make them feel welcome and encourage them to stay the night?” Here are 10 tips to help your community become a bicycle travel destination.

May 12, 2015
Hospitality for Cyclists: Programs We Can Learn From
Hospitality for Cyclists: Programs We Can Learn From

There are several hospitality programs for cycle tourists, but none exist in the U.S. Why not? Is there one that might make a good model for the U.S. Bicycle Route System? How are they administered? What do they offer? To answer these questions, I’ve compiled a few of the programs I know about: