U.S. BICYCLE ROUTE SYSTEM HITS 30-STATE MILESTONE
Adventure Cycling Association recently announced a new “state-by-state progress” webpage for the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS). The new online resource displays the National Corridor Plan map for the USBRS, which links to a progress report on every state’s work to establish official U.S. Bicycle Routes (USBR).
As of today, 30 states are working to implement U.S. Bike Routes for cycling transportation, recreation, and tourism. The number of states working on routes has more than doubled in the past year, and this spring, it’s expected that the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) will approve the first new U.S. Bicycle Routes in nearly three decades. Another 11 states have also expressed interest in working on the USBRS.
New York state has yet to implement our segment of the USBR, although PTNY has suggested that the Erie Canalway Trail serve this function.
From the USBR website
“Phase I: Planning
New York has interest in implementing USBR 30 using the Canalway Trail System and will coordinate efforts with Pennsylvania’s state route network. The Department remains supportive although no decision has been made regarding signing. The route will be a topic of discussion during meetings with DOTs new Commissioner. Visit the NYSDOT website for more information about bicycling in New York.
For information on USBR 30, contact Eric Ophardt at Eophardt@dot.state.ny.us”
Our neighbor, Pennsylvania, has already implemented their state bicycle route system, called BikePA. It’s not only mapped, but signed, too. State Route 5, aka Route Z, could someday soon be the ideal connection between Erie, PE and the canal that shares the name.