The U.S. Bicycle Route System is under development as a national network of bicycle routes linking urban, suburban, and rural areas across the continental United States. For a route to be officially designated a U.S. Bicycle Route, it must connect two or more states, a state and an international border, or other U.S. Bicycle Routes.
Routes are nominated for numbered designation by State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and are catalogued by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO, www.transportation.org) through the Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering, the same committee that assigns numbers to U.S. highways and interstates.
U.S. Bicycle Route System Photo Gallery
The first two U.S. Bicycle Routes were established in 1982: U.S. Bike Route 1 in Virginia and North Carolina, and U.S. Bike Route 76 in Virginia, Kentucky, and Illinois. No additional routes were designated until 2003 when AASHTO formed a Task Force (http://route.transportation.org/pages/USBicycleRoutes.aspx) to reinvigorate the system.
The Adventure Cycling Association (www.adventurecycling.org) provides staff support for the program and publishes a blog that explains and provides route updates for the U.S. Bike Route System (www.adventurecycling.org/resources/blog).
The U.S. Bike Route System Task Force has developed a map of existing routes and is developing new routes based on the National Corridor Plan.
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