Thursday, May 13, 2010

Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It.

The Adventure Cycling Association is working in partnership with dozens of state and federal agencies, nonprofits, volunteers and the U.S. Congress to create an official U.S. Bicycle Route System, connecting America’s urban, suburban and rural areas.

The project, dubbed as U.S. Bicycle Route System: Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It., will connect cyclists across the U.S. with cities, transportation hubs, scenic and historic destinations through existing (and new) infrastructure; and will be numbered and officially recognized by state and federal government agencies.

This visionary project will be similar to the national and international systems blossoming across the globe (such as Euro Velo).

The Adventure Cycling Association is already working on projects within these states: Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin, California, Oregon, and Washington. Other states are just getting started: North Dakota, Tennessee, Missouri, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Utah. And still more are reported to be ready to go: Maine, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. All these states are in different stages of development and have varied techniques for implementation based upon resources, volunteers, and governmental structure.

Last week, the Adventure Cycling Association kicked off a grassroots fundraising effort to raise more than $20,000 to support organizing and cartographic efforts for the route system. They're working through social media outlets to get people to donate as little as $10.

For more information on the project please click here, and to contribute, please click here.

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1 comment:

Winona, Media Director said...

Thanks for the nice post!

Winona Bateman
Media director, Adventure Cycling Association