Imagine a nationwide network of numbered and marked bicycle routes that directs bike travelers to major destinations in all 50 states — that’s the U.S. Bicycle Route System.
This isn’t a pipe dream. Some routes already exist: Route 1 in Maine, New Hampshire, Virginia and North Carolina; Route 76 in Virginia, Kentucky and Illinois; Routes 20 and 35 in Michigan; Routes 8, 95, 97, and 87 in Alaska.
Currently, 40 states (including Washington state) are researching the best bicycle routes to win approval from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials for their addition to the USBRS.
The non-profit Adventure Cycling Association has taken on the job of coordinating and providing technical assistance in this effort among the states. It’s launching a fund-raising drive this month …
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