If you're implementing a U.S. Bicycle Route, these implementation resources will provide the background information and tools you need to complete the process. Planning Resources lists guiding documents and route evaluation criteria, and you'll find outreach templates and liability information under Designation Resources.
Best Practices Reports (PDF): These two reports by Toole Design Group provide a series of case studies highlighting best practices from various states that have designated and promoted U.S. Bicycle Routes.
Tips for Bikeway Designation (PDF) by Michael Jackson, former director of bicycle and pedestrian access for the Maryland Department of Transportation.
Florida U.S. Bicycle Route Criteria (PDF): Developed by Florida and Georgia DOTs in cooperation with a number of non-profits and transportation agencies, this criteria provides more specific route considerations while providing enough flexibility for route development anywhere in the U.S.
Michigan Trails and Greenways volunteer Scott Anderson created an outreach letter template (Word) that informs roadway managers and transportation agencies about the development of a USBR in their jurisdiction.
The following documents address liability concerns and conclude that there is no inherent liability for local agencies in designating bicycle routes. Planners should supply local information when available.
NCHRP Legal Research Digest 53 (PDF) on liability and bikeway designation was published by the Transportation Research Board in 2010 and is considered an update to the John English report. This study notes an extremely low incidence of reported cases where a tort claim was filed specifically based on whether or not an agency designated a particular facility as a bikeway.
Whose Roads? Evaluating Bicyclists' and Pedestrians' Right to Use Public Roadways (PDF): This report shows that non-motorized modes have clear legal rights to use public roads; non-motorized travel is important for an efficient transport system and provides significant benefits to users and society; less than half of roadway expenses are financed by motor vehicle user fees; and pedestrians and cyclists pay more than their share of roadway costs.