Using the route criteria or an evaluation method that has been developed (see Implementation Resources for examples), you can start drafting your route using the following steps:
Once your draft route is ready, you should begin outreach to jurisdictions along the route to gain agreements and support for your draft route, using the following steps:
If you have the time and capacity while doing outreach, contacting trail organizations, bike clubs, and cyclists along the route for their support can create important advocates for your route and aid in future promotion.
The following items must be prepared for the USBR 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, for example, a long route might be designated in sections over a two-three year period. 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/Word). Please copy email@example.com on your email submission.
Adventure Cycling and AASHTO send out a national press release approximately one week after the new routes are approved. In order to meet our internal deadlines, we ask that route information from the states be provided 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.