Best Practices Guides

Adventure Cycling Association contracted with Toole Design Group to  survey state departments of transportation, volunteers, and bicycle advocates that have worked to implement U.S. Bicycle Routes in their states. The resulting reports provide models and recommendations for planning, designating, signing and promoting U.S. Bicycle Routes across the country. 

Phase I: Surveys and Case Studies of Practices from Around the Country

In July 2013, Toole Design developed the first report, U.S. Bicycle Route System: Surveys and Case Studies of Practices from Around the Country (pdf), highlighting states progress on planning and designating U.S. Bicycle Routes. Case studies illustrate lessons learned and show how agencies and their partners have worked collaboratively with state and local jurisdictions. Tools, criteria, and other resources are documented along with recommendations that make USBR designation successful. 

Phase II: Best Practices for Signing, Mapping, and Promoting U.S. Bicycle Routes

In August 2016, Toole completed the second report, Best Practices for Signing, Mapping, and Promoting U.S. Bicycle Routes (pdf). The report compiled surveys and case studies documenting successful promotional activities, including events, mapping, and signing projects. Sign plans; event coordination models, such as ribbon cuttings, bicycle rides, and on-line promotions; and examples of navigatable bicycle maps and route narratives are documented. The report also looks at successful international bicycle networks and tourism promotions beyond the U.S. Bicycle Route System for best practices that could be future models for success and sustainability.