May is National Bicycle Month and it’s also the third annual Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. fundraising campaign for the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS). The campaign kicked off May 1, 2012 and runs through May 31. What better way to celebrate Bike Month than by supporting the creation of a national system of cycling routes?
Last year, this effort raised more than $32,000 for the project—the goal this year is $50,000.
Here are the details:
The U.S. Bicycle Route System is a visionary project similar to the national and international cycling systems blossoming across the globe. Adventure Cycling is working with dozens of state agencies, national organizations, nonprofits, volunteers, and the US Congress to realize this vision.
Can you give $10 to help build the largest bike route network in the world, encompassing more than 50,000 miles?
You can already see the effects of last year’s USBRS campaign:
- 6 new routes approved by AASHTO — the first new U.S. Bicycle Routes approved in over 30 years!
- 11 new states coming on to develop routes. 41 states are now actively working to implement US Bike Routes. In my state of Washington the Bicycle Alliance of Washington is coordinating with Washington State Department of Transportation so you can join “Team Washington” with your donation.
- The re-release of a Technical Advisory from the Federal Highway Association that advises DOTs on how to implement rumble strips without putting cyclists at risk.
- 5,000 new fans of the USBRS on Facebook since last year’s campaign, now at more than 19,000 supporters.
- Adventure Cycling now has a closer relationship with the National Park Service, aimed at improving bike travel and tourism in national parks as well as facilitating designation of US Bike Routes through parks as appropriate.
I have yet to go on any long bike travel but the lure of the open road does beckon. I’d sure love to take that ride on a route that’s signed, supported, and serviced to make it a better experience!
And imagine the benefits for small towns that will get stops from bike visitors who wouldn’t bother with those towns if they were burning carbon instead of calories zipping past on the interstate.
- Researching Bike Tourism’s Economic Impact
- Bicycle Tourism as a Rural Economic Development Vehicle (PDF of master’s thesis by Heidi Beierle, June 2011)
- Can Bicycles Save Small-Town America? On The Path Less Pedaled
- Have you done any touring around the United States?
- What route(s) did you use?
- Where would you like to see a bike route for travel?
- Have you had a small-town experience as a bike tourist you’d like to share?