Bike Interstates May be Expanding into a State Near You

If you want to explore the U.S. by bike, you may have more options in coming years. The U.S. Bicycle Route System began in 1982 with two routes; and now six new routes have been approved.

Four of these will be in Alaska, while the final two new pathways will let cyclists explore Michigan’s lower peninsula and New England with a route spanning New Hampshire to Maine. Click here to view them.

Additionally, 15 other routes are in the planning phase with 42 states participating in the plan. Sadly, if you’d like to bike Alabama, Hawaii, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and South Carolina, you may be out of luck because these states aren’t currently participating.

Has anyone ever cycled on the new, original routes? U.S. Bicycle Route 1 stretches from Virginia to North Carolina and U.S. Bicycle Route 76 goes from Virginia to Illinois?

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