At the spring meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in Park City, UT, the Special Committee on U.S Route Numbering and the Council on Highways and Streets approved the addition and realignment of several bike routes to the U.S. Bicycle Route System or USBRS.
[Above photo via the Department of Defense.]
That’s in addition to 20 new U.S. Routes and seven Interstate designations approved by the USRN and CHS at the meeting, based on applications submitted by 13 state department of transportation members.
Those additions/realignments include
- The establishment of a new route, U.S. Bicycle Route or USBR BR 1, in Georgia that connects Effingham County at the intersection of Tuckasee-King Landing Road and GA 119 at the Georgia/Florida border.
- The relocation/realignment of USBR 7 in Massachusetts, which connects Hoosac Street and GA 119 and Lime Street. With the recent extension of Ashuwillticook Trail in Adams, MA, there is an opportunity to shift an additional 1.2-mile long section of USBR 7 onto the trail.
The establishment and relocation of bicycles routes are also the result of ongoing collaboration between AASHTO’s USRN and CHS groups with its Committee on Planning and the Adventure Cycling Association.
That collaboration helps ensure that bike route applications are in conformity with the National Corridor Plan that guides the development of the USBRS, AASHTO said. The organization added that, when complete, the USBRS will incorporate more than 50,000 miles of designated bike routes.
[Side note: state DOTs are also working to increase the number of protected bike lanes; a trend illustrated by the video from the District Department of Transportation below.]