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Bike Route SignU.S. Bicycle Route System Expands to Over 11,000 Miles in Twenty-Three States

Adventure Cycling, 10/8/15
Adventure Cycling Association and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) today announced that AASHTO has approved 2,141 miles of new U.S. Bicycle Routes (USBRs) in five new states: USBR 7 in Vermont, USBR 21 in Georgia, USBR 35, 36, and 50 in Indiana, USBR 76 in Kansas, and USBR 90 in Arizona. An alternate route for USBR 50 was also approved in Ohio. The U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) now encompasses 11,053 miles of routes in twenty-three states and the District of Columbia.

Nickel Plate Trail now part of bicycle highway

WISH TV, 10/13/15
A north central Indiana trail and dozens of miles of roads has been designated part of a national bike route that runs from Canada to Kentucky. In Indiana, the 360-mile route runs from the Michigan state line in LaPorte County to Jeffersonville, just north of Louisville, Kentucky. The bicycle route connects county roads, city streets, several state highways and a variety of off-road trails.

Arizona approved for cross-state bicycle route

AZ PBS, 10/14/15
Michael Sanders, ADOT’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, said the route will stretch 573 miles across Arizona from the California border to the New Mexico border. The roads were chosen to highlight Arizona’s natural attractions, but also to provide safe rides.

MnDOT Seeks Input on Statewide Bicycle System

KTSP, 10/14/15
The Minnesota Department of Transportation wants your input on the statewide bicycle system. More than 4,500 Minnesotans participated in open houses statewide last spring to help MnDOT identify routes, discuss improvements needed to facilities on the paths and address the needs of riders in Minnesota.

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Bike News Review – 2/12/14

Derry supervisors concerned about township’s responsibility for regional bicycle study
Penn Live – 2/11/14
Derry Township supervisors said they still want to see a study on linking bicycle paths in the region, but they balked at signing an agreement Tuesday because of the amount of responsibility it might entail. They voted to table it until they could review the agreement in greater detail and perhaps make some changes. The $45,000 Regional Bike Connections Study grant through the Tri-County Planning Commission has a lot of support.

Tempe police cracking down on bicycle thefts
AZ Central – 2/11/14
Tempe police are targeting bicycle thieves who have been stealing bikes, mostly from students, and selling them on Craigslist or eBay to support their drug habit, according to investigators. Police launched the operation in downtown Tempe in mid-January and it has so far resulted in the recovery of more than 30 bicycles, bike parts valued at nearly $25,000 and three arrests, said Sgt. Mike Pooley, a Tempe police spokesman.

Lawmakers Seek Investments to Make Bicycle Commuting Safer
Roll Call – 2/10/14
New Jersey Democrat Albio Sires, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, is proposing an $11 million low-cost loan program to help state and local governments build sidewalks, trails and dedicated bicycle lanes. His bill (HR 3978) enjoys support from Republican co-sponsors Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who both represent parts of greater Miami, and Indiana Democrat André Carson.

How technology is changing the face of bicycle commuting
Fast Company – 2/10/14
Bicycles, with their gears and pedal power may seem like the Luddites of the transportation family, but the technology available to improve your ride is out there, it’s growing, and it’s helping more Americans consider bikes as a method of transportation than ever before.


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Bike News Review – 8/22/13

Parking Services auctions off impounded bikes
The Daily O’Collegian – 8/21/13
Parking Services will auction off nearly 400 impounded student bicycles Saturday. The auction, which is in its 10th year, will consist mostly of bikes possessed by the OSU Police Department.

Universal Sports Network to air show about Interbike
Bicycle Retailer – 8/21/13
Consumers who can’t make it to Las Vegas on the final day of the Interbike trade show–through Interbike’s invitation program–will be able to get a snapshot of the product and happenings there during a one-hour show on Universal Sports Network.

Beavers are your 2013 NAHBPC Champions!
NAHardcourt – 8/21/13
This weekend marked the 5th annual occurrence of the North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship, hosted by the Minneapolis Polo Club at the remarkable Roseville Skating Oval. 2013 has proven to be one of the most competitive and progressive seasons we’ve ever had and not enough can be said about this event.

ADOT study shows bicycle tourists have $88 million impact
Phoenix Business Journal – 8/21/13
ADOT found that the 14,000 out-of-state bicyclists who participate in roughly 250 events a year create an economic impact of more than $30 million in direct tourism spending and $57 million in retail sales.

Digging Into Dearborn Data: Patterns and Behavior on the Two-Way Bike Lane
Chicago Streets Blog – 8/20/13
Dearborn Street’s two-way protected bike lanes are equipped with 16 micro-radar sensors with four wireless access points so traffic data can be accessed in “real-time” via cloud-based storage. These technological features make it easy to measure the amount of bike traffic and red-light compliance by bicyclists.



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