Bicycle Routes Now Total 11000 Miles

New United States cycle routes

2100 Miles of New Routes in 5 New States

A further 2,141 miles of new U.S. Bicycle Routes (USBRs)have been approved in five additional states - USBR 7 in Vermont, USBR 21 in Georgia, USBR 35, 36, and 50 in Indiana, USBR 76 in Kansas, and USBR 90 in Arizona, according to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the Adventure Cycling Association.

An alternate route for USBR 50 was also approved in Ohio. The U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) now encompasses 11,053 miles of routes in twenty-three states and the District of Columbia.

The U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) is a developing national network of officially recognized, numbered, and signed bicycle routes that connect people, communities, and the nation.

Similar to emerging international and regional networks, such as Europe’s EuroVelo network and Quebec’s La Route Verte, the USBRS provides important recreational and transportation options for the active traveler.
Currently, more than forty states are working to develop route corridors into official U.S. Bicycle Routes to be approved by AASHTO at their spring and fall meetings.

Adventure Cycling executive director Jim Sayer commented, “11,000 miles of routes and almost half of the states in the nation with U.S. Bicycle Routes—these are major milestones that highlight U.S. Bicycle Route System’s momentum. What’s remarkable is that nearly all of the route designations have occurred in the last four years.

U.S. Bicycle Route 7 in Vermont (226.7 miles)

U.S. Bicycle Route 7 (USBR 7) in Vermont is the first portion of the Western New England Greenway to be designated as a U.S. Bicycle Route. The Western New England Greenway is a multi-state bicycle route that is being developed and will eventually link New York City and Montreal through Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont. The Western New England Greenway organization worked with the Vermont Department of Transportation (VDOT) to apply for USBR 7 designation.

U.S. Bicycle Route 7 largely parallels US Route 7 through the western portion of Vermont and links to Quebec’s La Route Verte at the Canadian border. Vermont contains over half of the total route mileage, and Massachusetts and Connecticut are also currently working to achieve USBR 7 designation.

U.S. Bicycle Route 21 in Georgia (160.8 miles)

​U.S. Bicycle Route 21 (USBR 21) is Georgia’s first U.S. Bicycle Route designation and connects Atlanta to Chattanooga on the Tennessee border. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has been coordinating with Tennessee to designate USBR 21, which will eventually connect Atlanta to Cleveland when it’s complete.
 Two spur routes—USBR 321 and USBR 521—connect cyclists to other destinations in northwest Georgia and connect back to the main route.

U.S. Bicycle Route 35, 36 and 50 in Indiana (610 miles)

​AASHTO approved U.S. Bicycle Route (USBR) 35, 36, and 50 in Indiana for a total of 610 miles in the state. The designations were achieved through collaboration between the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), the Hoosier Rails to Trails Council, Bicycle Indiana, and Adventure Cycling Association.
U.S. Bicycle Route 35 (380.9 miles)
USBR 35 is a 360-mile north-south route that runs from Michigan, at LaPorte County, Indiana, to Louisville, KY at Jeffersonville, Indiana. The route has been completed through Michigan and cyclists can now ride 865 miles from southern Indiana to Sault Ste. Marie on the Canadian border.
U.S. Bicycle Route 36 (58.7 miles)
USBR 36 runs 59 miles between the state lines of Illinois and Michigan, and 35 miles of the route (about 60 percent) is located on off-road trails.
U.S. Bicycle Route 50 (171 miles)
USBR 50 is a 160-mile east-west route that connects from the Illinois border, near Terre Haute, to Richmond on the Ohio border.
 USBR 50 intersects USBR 35 in Indianapolis, the largest city and capital of Indiana, where cyclists can explore the city’s seven cultural districts and historic sites, as well as its growing bicycle infrastructure.

U.S. Bicycle Route 76 in Kansas (487 miles)

​U.S. Bicycle Route 76 (USBR 76) in Kansas mostly follows Adventure Cycling’s TransAmerica Trail through rolling pastures, hills, and towns of all sizes. Kansas is the fifth state to designate USBR 76, and there are now 2,013 miles of the route completed between Virginia and Kansas.
 USBR 76 begins near Girard and leaves the state just past Tribune as it makes its way toward Colorado.

U.S. Bicycle Route 90 in Arizona (573 miles)

​U.S. Bicycle Route 90 winds through many of Arizona’s historic, cultural, and tourist destinations.
 Tucson and Phoenix each have extensive bikeway systems. USBR 90 features over twenty miles of off-road paved paths in each metro area, including the Loop in the Tucson area and the Arizona Canal in the Phoenix area with many street crossings that are grade-separated.

U.S. Bicycle Route 50A in Ohio (32.3 miles)

​Ohio’s USBR 50 was designated in the spring of 2014, and USBR 50A is a 32-mile alternate route that takes cyclists along backroads and trails. The alternate passes through woods, creeks, pastures, and farmlands, with opportunities to see wildlife. The Ohio Department of Transportation worked with local communities to create USBR 50A, which features the TJ Evans Trail, Hoover Scenic Trail, and Ohio to Erie Trail/Genoa Trail.

The Largest Bicycle Route Network in the World

The U.S. Bicycle Route System will eventually be the largest bicycle route network in the world, encompassing more than 50,000 miles of routes.

Thanks to the Adventure Cycling Association for this item.   For more detail about each route,  read the full release on their website here .