US Bicycle Route System expands with 2,903 miles of new cycling trails

Cyclists have more options with the latest addition to the US Bicycle Route System.

In total, 18 new cycle routes have been added to the national system, spanning 2,903 miles – the largest expansion yet, according to the Adventure Cycling Association.

The new routes are spread across California, Indiana, Ohio, Utah and Washington.

Adventurers can use this network of “officially recognized”, numbered and clearly signposted cycle routes free of charge, according to the association’s press release.

“With this addition of nearly 3,000 miles, the US cycle route system continues to pick up speed,” said Scott Pankratz, executive director of Adventure Cycling. “And the growth of the system benefits everyone who uses, is, or will be to ride a bicycle.”

He went on, “[The] The Adventure Cycling Association commends our State Department of Transportation partners for understanding the role of bicycle travel in our national infrastructure, promoting health and wellness, transforming communities and increasing economic activity across the country. “

California welcomed two news routes, including U.S. cycle routes 66 and 95.

USBR 66 is a 329.8 mile hiking trail that “generally follows historic US Route 66”. It supposedly begins near the Arizona border and passes notable California landmarks and cities like the Colorado River, the National Trails Highway, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles.

The USBR 95 is a 440.4 mile journey that begins near the Oregon border and “mostly follows US Highway 101.” The route passes through redwood forests on the Pacific coast and other natural wonders and stops in San Francisco.

Cyclists have more options with the latest addition to the US Bicycle Route System.Getty Images / fStop

Indiana added USBR 235, a single bike route that measures 122.1 miles. It begins from Indianapolis to Bloomington and passes several attractions including the Indiana State Capitol and White River State Park. Additional area attractions include rural areas in Martinsville, a town in south central Indiana.

Ohio welcomed six new cycle routes, 1,177.2 miles in length, the largest of the five states.

The USBR 21 is 366.9 miles long and runs from Cleveland’s Edgewater Park to Aberdeen. The USBR 44 is now a 196.1 mile trail running from the Ohio to the Erie Trail to the cities of Bucyrus and Lima and the Indiana border.

Buckeye State also added 308.2 miles and 2.3 miles from the Michigan border through Toledo, Lima, Dayton, and Cincinnati, while 225.6 miles and 78.1 miles from the Ohio-Pennsylvania border Cleveland and Toledo travel.

Utah added five new bike routes that run through the state’s notable cities and parks.

The USBR 77 is a 349.8 mile route that traverses urban trails in Ogden, Salt Lake City, and Provo, while the USBR 677 is a 40.6 mile route that offers “scenic” views of Utah Lake . When a connection between the town of Sigurd and the town of Panguitch is needed, cyclists can opt for the new USBR 877, which measures 88.8 miles.

Utah’s 269.3 miles and 9.4 miles provide bike routes exploring the state’s desert regions and trails, including Cedar City, the Navajo Sandstone near Kanab, and US Highway 89.

Washington welcomed two new cycle routes including USBR 81 and USBR 281.

The 103.4 mile USBR 81 runs from Tekoa to the Snake River Canyon and the towns of Clarkston and Asotin. The shorter 23.1 mile route, USBR 281, connects Washington and Idaho from Clarkston.

The US Bicycle Route System currently measures 17,734 miles with the newly added bike routes. At this point the network has routes thatT through 31 states and Washington, DC, according to the Adventure Cycling Association.

Forty states are reportedly developing cycle routes as the US cycle route system aims to reach a 50,000 mile target to connect “every state in the country,” the association reports.

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