States Add New Routes to U.S. Bicycle Route System

The Adventure Cycling Association recently announced major expansions to the U.S. Bicycle Route System or USBRS, including three completely new routes and a connection from Alaska to the lower 48 states.

[Above photo by AASHTO]

The U.S. Bicycle Route System is a developing national network of officially designated, numbered, and signed routes that use existing roads, trails, and other facilities appropriate for bike travel, the association noted – eventually encompassing 50,000 miles of routes nationwide.

The three new routes are USBR 610 in Idaho, USBR 11 in Pennsylvania, and USBR 121 in Tennessee. In Minnesota, USBR 20 has been extended and USBR 45 and USBR 45A have been adjusted to incorporate new trails and improve safety.

Meanwhile, Alaska’s network now connects to Washington State via the Alaska Marine Highway System using ferries; the first time a ferry has been designated as part of a U.S. bicycle route.

“It’s exciting to see how the U.S. Bicycle Route System mirrors our European counterpart bicycle travel network, EuroVelo in a new way” by connecting to ferries, noted Jennifer O’Dell, executive director of Adventure Cycling, in a statement.

“By incorporating the Alaska Marine Highway System into the USBRS, cyclists’ horizons are widened beyond the Lower 48,” she added.

Jim Tymon, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, noted that state departments of transportation play a significant role in the expansion of the USBRS by designating new routes twice every year.

“Those bike routes are critical to enhancing and expanding the active transportation opportunities within the nation’s multimodal mobility network,” he said. “State DOTs play a key role in helping foster more and safer bicycle travel options for all Americans and goes to the heart of AASHTO’s longstanding partnership with the Adventure Cycling Association.”

[Editor’s note: AASHTO and Adventure Cycling formalized their nearly two-decade partnership by signing a memorandum of understanding in February 2021.]

Digital maps for all designated U.S. Bicycle Routes are available to the public for free on the Adventure Cycling Association website.

With the new designation and realignments, the USBRS now boasts nearly 20,000 miles of routes in 34 states and Washington, D.C. At least 38 states are currently developing additional bike routes, Adventure Cycling noted.

Podcast: Hawaii Paving Industry Talks Plastic Roads

Two bonus episodes of the AASHTO re:source podcast follow up with different perspectives on the recent “plastic roads” project initiated by the Hawaii Department of Transportation.

[Above image by Hawaii DOT]

AASHTO re:source – which launched this podcast series in September 2020 – is a major technical service program of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. It provides services and tools through three major programs: the Laboratory Assessment Program, the Proficiency Sample Program, and the AASHTO Accreditation Program.

Part one and part two of this special “plastic road” podcast series covered Hawaii DOT’s effort to test the incorporation of recycled plastics into its road paving processes. Now the two follow-up bonus episodes provide exterior perspectives on the agency’s project.

The first bonus episode talks with Jon Young, executive director of the Hawaii Asphalt Paving Industry, about how the paving contractors and contractors his organization represent desire to be part of such projects at the front end so they can help develop “good plans” in order deliver good outcomes from such research. The second bonus episode will follow in the next few weeks.

“Such projects have to make sense economically [and] definitely must make the world better,” Young explained on the AASHTO re:source podcast. “We’re just trying to help them implement [this project] it smoothly as possible and we think it is great the [Hawaii] DOT is so innovative.”

To listen to more of this podcast episode, click here.

Environmental News Highlights – June 28, 2023


U.S. Logistics Networks Seek to Boost Resilience -AASHTO Journal

Major U.S. cities leading in transit electrification -Mass Transit

EPA Finalizes New Renewable Fuel Standards to Strengthen U.S. Energy Security, Support U.S. Rural Economy, and Expand Production of Low-Carbon Fuels -EPA (media release)

Federal agencies must do more on sustainability -Federal News Network (commentary)


Get to Know NEPA and Get Federal Infrastructure Projects Moving -National League of Cities


Cost of EV Charging Stations Comes Up in Delaware DOT Budget Talks -Town Square Live

Environmental groups in New York push to save offshore wind plan -Spectrum News 1

Buying renewable energy doesn’t mean what you think -Washington Post

Iowa DOT Wins 2022 Perpetual Pavement Award -Iowa DOT (media release)

New book on parking is just the ticket (opinion)


Utah kicks off 2023 ‘Clear the Air’ Challenge -Utah News Connection

How cities can better confront climate change -WBUR Radio

What is ground-level ozone? The latest air quality warning, explained -Minnesota Reformer


AASHTO Re:source Podcast: Soil Sampling Insights -AASHTO Journal

TxDOT Rail Inspectors Battle Heat and Rattlesnakes -AASHTO Journal

Invasive species treatment at Iowa Great Lakes was a success -Iowa Capital Dispatch

How oysters are helping protect Apalachicola’s vulnerable shorelineInternational Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructures

Kansas City riverfront cleanup is now in the hands, uh, mouths of these new workers -Kansas City Star

CTDOT Celebrates National Pollinator Week -Connecticut DOT (media release)


INDOT Drones Help Prepare Grist Mill for Renovation -AASHTO Journal

The I-95 Live Cam In Philadelphia Is The Sleeper Hit Of The Season -Philadelphia Inquirer

Under a Denver Highway, Artists Find Space for the Surreal –CityLab

Taylor Swift is an unlikely public transit icon –CNN

Rick Steves Talks Walkable Cities -Public Square

NY Governor Announces Opening of High Line-Moynihan Connector on Manhattan’s West Side -NY State Governor’s Office (media release)


LA considers car-free streets and pedestrian “superblocks” through Park Block Pilot -KNBC-TV

Student aims to help make pedestrians and cyclists safer -Furman University

Pedestrian fatalities mark grim milestone, safety group projects in new report -Detroit Free Press

Connecticut offering vouchers for residents to buy e-bikes -New Haven Independent

Pedestrians occupying bike lanes on Oahu raising safety concerns -KHNL/KGMB-TV

Nearly One Hundred Miles of New Greenway Trails Opened for Public Use Across New York since 2021 -New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (media release)


To Mark National Pollinator Week, National Academies Offer Sustainable Solutions to Restore and Protect Critical Species -National Academies

Strategies to Address Homelessness at Airports –ACRP

DOE Announces Over $17 Million for University-Led Projects Supporting Decarbonization and Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions -DOE (media release)


Exemption From Operating Authority Regulations for Providers of Recreational Activities -Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (Notice of proposed rulemaking)

Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, Northern New Mexico -DOE (Notice of open meeting)

Inland Waterways Users Board Meeting Notice -Army Corps of Engineers (Notice)

Request for Project Proposals Pursuant to Section 165 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020, Pilot Program for Continuing Authority Projects in Small or Disadvantaged Communities -Army Corps of Engineers (Notice)

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revision of Regulations for Interagency Cooperation -Fish and Wildlife Service & NOAA (Proposed rule; request for comment)

National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines and New Source Performance Standards: Internal Combustion Engines; Electronic ReportingEPA (Proposed rule)