Using the route criteria or evaluation method that you previously identified, you can start drafting a route using the following steps:
Once your draft route is ready, you should begin outreach to jurisdictions along the route to secure their support for designation, using the following steps:
If you have the time and capacity while doing outreach, we recommend you contact trail organizations, bike clubs, and cyclists along the route for their support. They can become important advocates for your route and aid in future promotion.
The following items must be prepared for the U.S. Bicycle Route application, which the state DOT must submit to AASHTO:
Keep in mind that routes can be designated in one application or can be designated in phases. Realignments to established U.S. Bicycle Routes follow the same process in order for AASHTO to have accurate documentation of each route.
The state DOT must submit the application to the AASHTO Special Committee on Route Numbering through email to firstname.lastname@example.org approximately 5-6 weeks before the fall or spring meeting. Read the application instructions (PDF/61k) before filling out the application (PDF/224k). Please copy email@example.com on your email submission to ensure receipt.
Adventure Cycling and AASHTO send out a national press release approximately two weeks after the new routes are approved. In order to meet our internal deadlines, we ask that states provide route information at least two weeks prior to the AASHTO meeting. See the example press releases and please use the press release template below to prepare your content. Email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.