In 1982 the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) established the U.S. Bicycle Route System to facilitate travel between the states over routes which are more suitable than others for cycling. The USBRS is similar to the European long distance cycling network, the Euro-Velo.
Over the years the USBRS expanded from only two routes in 1982 to ten existing long distance cycling routes in 2012 and many proposed routes have moved into planning stages. Nowadays the non/profit Adventure Cycling Assocation is coordinating the network and works with local highway departments.
Adventure Cycling provides technical assistance to volunteers who improve and maintain the network infrastructure. Forty states are currently working on the bicycle route corridors, and Maine, New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan and Alaska already have designated routes in their states.
Written on: Mar, 22 2013
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