New Interstate Road Map Takes Shape for Bicyclists

Jan 12, 2009 | Bike Facilities, bikes, Uncategorized | 1 comment


A new interstate road map especially meant for bicyclists has been produced by a coalition of groups, including the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the Adventure Cycling Association, which chose routes and established a route numbering system deliberately reversed from that of interstate highways. The new road map, complete with its own route numbers, puts together more than 50,000 miles of paved roads suitable for cyclists, linking together cities, byways and off-road trails. The next step is for states to create routes and erect signs. Long-distance bicycling has become an area of focus for many parts of the world. Europe is working on the 38,000-mile EuroVelo network, which will connect a dozen long-distance routes, and Quebec, Canada, last year completed the 2,700 mile Greenway, or Route Verte. The United States does not have that much organization when it comes to a national bicycling scheme but there are a number of routes already mapped out by various organizations, such as the 38,000 miles mapped by Adventure Cycling that include the 4,262-mile TransAmerica Trail from Virginia to Oregon – Burlington (VT) Free Press, 12/8/08