North America’s largest cycling membership organization has named three new USA Bikeways in Oklahoma, Minnesota and Delaware. The Adventure Cycling Association is also adding routes through Indiana and Michigan, all adding more than 650 miles to the US bike route system and improving connectivity and the cycling experience.
“It’s been 96 years since the iconic Route 66 was opened to vehicular traffic in the United States,” said Jim Tymon, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. “Now, cyclists can follow the historic route for more than 400 miles through Oklahoma using the new USBR 66. active transportation facilities in rural and urban America.”
Bike along historic Route 66 through Oklahoma
The 429-mile route on USBR 66 crosses the state from the Kansas border near Miami in its northeast corner to the Texas Panhandle near Elk City in the west. It passes through Tulsa and Oklahoma City and past landmarks like the world’s tallest concrete totem near Chelsea, the Round Barn in Arcadia, the historic Bridgeport Bridge from Grapes of Wrathand Lucille’s gas station in Weatherford along the way.
Travel Minnesota’s 10,000 Lakes
From the west bank of the Mississippi River to St. Cloud, USBR 20 travels 188 miles northwest, joining the Wobegon Lake Regional Trail to Osakis, then the Central Lakes Trail to Fergus Falls, passing by numerous towns and many of the state’s 10,000 lakes along the way. The route leaves Fergus Falls on a section of the North Country Trail and continues to Maplewood State Park before merging with the Heart of the Lakes Trail (to be completed this summer). After Pelican Rapids, it reaches Moorhead, the Red River, and the North Dakota border on roads and trails.
See historic sites and the Delaware River in Delaware
With a total of 37 miles, the new USBR 201 begins at the Pennsylvania border and follows the Delaware River southwest, joining the Northern Delaware Greenway and connecting Bellevue State Park to Brandywine Park at its entering Wilmington. After passing through the center of town, it follows the Jack A. Markell Trail to historic New Castle and, again, the Delaware River, where there are views of waterfowl, ships, and the Delaware. Memorial Bridge. Turning west, the route continues through Newark neighborhoods and past the University of Delaware campus until it ends at the Maryland border.
Extension to Michigan
At its eastern end, USBR 20 has been extended approximately 7 miles on local roads, the Bridge to Bay Trail, and the state highway to the town of Algonac. The road now crosses Michigan from Algonac to Bay City and Ludington.
Realigned in Indiana
Sections of USBR 35 have been realigned to move them from roads to extensions of the Erie Trail in Starke County and the Pennsy Trail in Marion County. The road crosses the state from the Michigan border to Louisville, Kentucky, passing through Indianapolis.
These projects were based on feedback from cyclists and local communities, as well as the completion of infrastructure improvements and other projects.
About the Adventure Cycling Association
Since 1973, the Adventure Cycling Association has helped people discover the world through cycling. It connects, inspires and empowers over 54,000 cycling members. It has produced over 50,000 miles of meticulously mapped cycling routes for North America and runs over 100 tours each year.