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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 – 7/4/14

Bangladesh’s Infoladies Bring the Internet to Villages on Bicycle
Businessweek – 7/3/14
Only 5 million of Bangladesh’s 152 million citizens have regular Internet access. Three-quarters live in rural villages. The Infoladies, a group of about 50 women in their early 20s, travel through the countryside equipped with a laptop computer, a tablet, a smartphone, a digital camera, and a glucometer ministering to the technologically impoverished.

Ocean Avenue Corridor Design
SF Bicycle Coalition – 7/2/14
Balboa Park Station is a major hub of activity, serving over 24,000 passengers every day through BART and Muni. In addition to transit, there are more people biking to and from this station, thanks in part to new bike lockers at the station and recently striped bike lanes on Holloway Avenue. As businesses and shops add to the popularity of this commercial corridor, there is also a lot of energy in thinking about streetscape improvements that ensure the streets are safe for everyone in the neighborhood.

Mexico City artist unveils 122 bicycle silhouettes all across Brooklyn and Manhattan
New York Daily News – 7/1/14
“Las Bicicletas,” designed to promote healthy living and art, was installed this week in Red Hook, Dumbo, Fort Greene, Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights as part of a traveling expedition that began in Mexico City in 2008.

Riding toward emancipation with exposed ankles—how bicycles changed women’s lives
Quartz – 7/1/14
The craze was meaningful, especially, for women. Both Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are credited with declaring that “woman is riding to suffrage on the bicycle,” a line that was printed and reprinted in newspapers at the turn of the century.

“Dead Red” Law Passed in Indiana
Urban Velo – 6/30/14
Going into effect on July 1st, the “Dead Red” law will allow cyclists and motorcyclists to roll through a red light after…wait for it….2 minutes of waiting. As this article mentions, cops aren’t going to put a stopwatch on you, but we do have the option of ignoring the red light for our own convenience and at our own peril.

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Bike News Review – 1/15/13

Bicycle sculptures on exhibit in South Miami
The Miami Herald – 1/15/13
A South Miami art gallery is displaying the sculptures, which will be auctioned on Jan. 23 to raise money for bicycle safety.

Raleigh to end bike making at Quebec factory
Bicycle retailer – 1/15/13
Raleigh has made an assembled bikes there for about 30 years. About 100 workers will lose their jobs as a result of the closure, the company said. Costs associated with the closure will total about 1.5 million euros ($2 million), the company said, but ending production will ultimately save money.

Learn Bike Basics at Laman Library
In Arkansas – 1/15/13
Learn about getting the proper fit for your helmet and bike, along with with basic bike maintenance, handling skills and traffic rules during the Fit 2 Live- Bicycling is the Best New Year’s Resolution! program from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m next Tuesday (Jan. 22) at the William F. Laman Library, 2801 Orange St., North Little Rock.

Richmond/Wayne County might join national bicycle route – 1/15/13
The United States Bicycle Route 50 will move across Indiana in the years ahead, and the proposed route would go through Richmond and Wayne County.


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