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  1. History of US Bicycle Routes In 1970’s interest in long distance bicycle travel proliferates

  2. History of US Bicycle Routes • In 1978 AASHTO establishes US Bicycle Routes Developed policies & guidelines Used same framework & processes as US Highway System

  3. First US Bicycle Routes designated in 1982 But no routes designated since

  4. The Vision Develop a coordinated and connected network of bicycle routes across the entire United States

  5. Create a corridor plan for a network of bicycle routes that connects states on regional and national levels, spurs the development of new routes, and creates alternative transportation options. Work with State DOTs and other agencies through AASHTO to assist and encourage development and adoption of these routes. Educate the public on a national and local level, with the potential of increased bicycle mode share for transportation and recreation.

  6. The Power of Designation • The street or route name changes, but the designation goes on and on... • With a consistent route designation, travelers can follow a route • Across town • Across the state • Across the country!

  7. AASHTO Task Force on US Bicycle Routes • State Traffic Engineers • Iowa, Oregon, Mississippi, West Virginia • Roadway Design Engineers • State of Maryland, City of Springfield, MO • State Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinators • South Carolina, Pennsylvania • Federal Highway Administration • Bicycle Route Organizations • Adventure Cycling Association • East Coast Greenway • Mississippi River Trail

  8. Organizations Supporting US Bicycle Routes • AASHTO • Adventure Cycling Association • USDOT - FHWA • Bikes Belong • American Public Works Association • League of American Bicyclists • America Bikes • American Trails • Alliance for Bicycling & Walking • SRAM • Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals • National Center for Bicycling & Walking • The Lazar Foundation • Education Foundation of America • Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center • New Belgium Brewing Company

  9. PHASE 1 • Collect, compile and review information on existing and proposed multi-state bicycle routes • Completed in 2005 • Report available at www.adventurecycling.org/usbrs

  10. Phase 1 - Collection of data on existing or proposed State, Regional, and Local Routes

  11. PHASE 2 • Develop recommended corridors to comprise a logical national system • Corridors are about 50 miles in width • Corridors are flexible - can change if needed • Produce a map of the draft U.S. Bicycle Corridor Plan

  12. Phase 2 – Corridor Criteria • Identify: • Continuous routes • Routes of regional & national significance • Historic transportation corridors • Popular regional / national cycling routes • Connect: • Population centers • Primary destinations • Scenic corridors www.adventurecycling.org/usbrs

  13. Starting Point… Inventory of routes overlaid by the proposed corridor system

  14. PHASE 3 • Develop a logical system of designations for U.S. bicycle routes • Assign appropriate designations to each corridor • Clearly identify corridor • Accommodate future expansion & extension

  15. Proposed Route Designations • Five different proposals developed: • 1 or 2 digit (similar to US highways) • 1 digit & low 2-digit • Single letter (alphabetical) • Name/Abbreviation (of route name) • Letter / number combination

  16. The results will be more transportation options, more people cycling, better health for Americans, and a cleaner environment.

  17. “We are writing to express our strong support for a U.S. Bicycle Route System … As enthusiastic cyclists, we believe that such a system has many important merits.” Congressman Jim Oberstar Chairman, Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Congressman Peter DeFazio Chairman, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit

  18. Implementation • State & local agencies determine best route along each corridor • Local organizations can help • Route applications submitted to AASHTO by State DOTs • Develop wayfinding tools • Maps, signs, trailblazing • Expansion of the system • Spur & loop routes • New routes & corridors

  19. Implementation • 30 State DOTs + DC are working on establishing US Bicycle Routes • Varying levels of progress & interest • Regional meetings of states to work out connectivity & share ideas / support • Concerns: • Funding (signs, maps, etc) • Resources (staff, survey) • Risk management

  20. Implementation: State by State State & local agencies determine best approach Identify & assess suitable routes within each corridor Coordinate with transportation divisions, counties, townships and MPOs Utilize local cycling organizations & volunteers Align routes with neighboring states

  21. Most routes will be on existing roads and facilities.

  22. Virginia’s USBR 1 & 76 Part of their State Bike Plan Realigned Routes in 2007 Signed throughout state VA Bike Federation uses USBR 1 & 76 for events and club rides

  23. Michigan: Volunteer groups identified best routes along corridors & performed outreach to local agencies Much of proposed route is on county & local roads May see approved routes as soon as 2011

  24. US Bicycle Route Signing Sign design established in 1978 MUTCD 'Bike' equivalent to the US Highway shield

  25. US Bicycle Route Signing New design recommended by US Bicycle Route Task Force & NCUTCD Submitted to FHWA

  26. US Bicycle Route Signing Signing similar to other numbered routes Trailblazing Guidance Reassurance

  27. Bicycle Route Signing 2009 MUTCD added many new bicycle guide signs NCUTCD working on additional signs Also may be used on USBRs

  28. US Bicycle Routes Web Site: www.adventurecycling.org/usbrs