WikiProject U.S. Bicycle Route System
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An OSM project to map the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS). The USBRS is a developing national network of bicycle routes, which will link urban, suburban, and rural areas using a variety of appropriate cycling facilities. To date, 15 U.S. Bicycle Routes spanning 5847 miles (nearly 10000 km) have been established in 12 states: Alaska, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Presently, more than 40 states are working to create U.S. Bicycle Routes. These routes are selected and maintained by State Departments of Transportation (DOTs), and designated and catalogued by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). Source: Adventure Cycling Association.
By using OSM to create high quality maps of this nascent network (and wonderful national resource), we can promote its development, growth and use. OSM is now a positive tool for geographic communication of existing and developing bicycle routing at local, statewide and national levels in the USA!
| international cycling map created from OSM data is available, provided by Andy Allan. The map rendering is still being improved, the data are updated every few days. It shows National Cycle Network cycle routes, other regional and local routes, and other cycling-specific features, such as:
|Lonvia's Cycling Map by Sarah Hoffman is an overlay which shows marked cycle routes around the world. Updated daily, it renders actual routes without the state=proposed tag. Therefore no proposed routes (or numbering protocols) are displayed.|
Approved USBRs in OSM
As of July 2013, OpenStreetMap in the USA, via the Cycle Map layer, displays the current USBRS as solid red lines badged with red route numbers (or endeavors to do so as routes are newly approved by AASHTO). The Cycle Map layer also displays USBR proposed routes (ongoing proposal discussions at a state level distinctly moving towards AASHTO application as USBRs) as dashed red lines. The Cycle Map renderer displays both approved and proposed routes, and the http://cycling.waymarkedtrails.org (Lonvia) renderer displays only approved (not proposed) routes.
OSM also displays two significant national bicycle routes which are not strictly part of the USBRS: the East Coast Greenway (ECG, which both shares and diverges from segments of USBR 1) and the Mississippi River Trail (MRT, the Minnesota segments of which are identical to USBR 45 and 45A). Each of these routes (ECG & MRT) traverse several states and each is about 3000 miles (5000 kilometers) long. Hence, these two quasi-private (not government) bicycle routes (ECG & MRT) are determined to be so "national in scope" in the USA that their inclusion in OSM's national cycleway network is asserted (as named, but not numbered ncns). ECG & MRT exist alongside USBRs in OSM's national bicycle route hierarchy, but are not USBRS routes (except for USBR 45 and 45A in Minnesota, which are "both" USBRs and part of MRT).
Additionally, as proposals for USBR 25 in Ohio come closer to becoming an approved USBR 25, the also quasi-private Underground Railroad Bicycle Route (UGRR or UGR, traversing several states over 2000 miles) may become a third "national in scope" route displayed in OSM as an ncn. This might occur as UGRR potentially transitions (state by state) to USBR 25, perhaps starting with Ohio.
Here are current approved USBRS routes in OSM:
Proposed USBRs in OSM
It is critically important not to assume that a USBR corridor plus a guess on your part (for example, that there is already a state or regional route through that corridor) "means" that you can or should enter a proposed USBR into OSM. Only do so when you have solid knowledge that there is coordinated statewide activity actively assembling a USBR. This usually happens only as towns and cities along the route, affected counties, and the statewide Department of Transportation are all communicating and exhibit active and involved coordination. As the AASHTO approval process completes twice a year (in the spring and autumn), a rough timeframe of a route first arriving on this list, proceeding to application and gaining approval is approximately six to 24 months.
In addition to type=route + route=bicycle, tag such proposed and numbered statewide relations with network=ncn + cycle_network=US:US + name=USBR# (name of state) + ref=USBR# + state=proposed. It is helpful to add the tag source=Where you learned the route members if you know this information (e.g. "State DOT web site" or "County Bicycle Committee Meeting, January 2014").
In the earliest stages of an existing network=rcn state route becoming a proposed network=ncn USBR route, you may wish to simply add an ncn=proposed tag to the existing state route. In Cycle Map layer, this superimposes a red dashed line on top of the existing solid turquoise line (with no red numbered shields, keeping the turquoise numbered shields). If you do this (shortcut), it is correct to eventually update the tags so they include those in the previous paragraph, as this requires changing the ref # from the rcn-numbered (state) route to the ncn-numbered (USBR) route. An intermediate status in this scenario may be two relations: initially the state relation, then the shortcut of adding ncn=proposed to the state relation, then two relations (one representing the actual state route, another representing the proposed national route/USBR) which stay synced, then (perhaps) back to a single relation after AASHTO approval (assuming the state relation is deleted, having become subsumed by the USBR).
Creating super-relations (containing multiple relations of network=ncn routes, each relation containing road/cycleway members within a single state) is only appropriate for proposed routes when they are simultaneously proposed in multiple states. In this case, create relations so they contain road/cycleway members within a single state. Then, if at least two states (for a single USBR), have incipient ncn routes proposed, these can be appropriately assembled into a super-relation. A current example of this is proposed USBR 90 in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana for a total of three statewide relations in the super-relation for proposed USBR 90.
What follows are not yet approved USBRs, they are only serious proposals, with varying levels of activity. When at least this level of USBR development activity happens in a state, whether to an existing network=rcn state route or with an as-yet-unmapped-in-OSM route, tag the route as above where it is proposed. As with any route relation, this means initially creating a properly-tagged relation, then adding/editing member roads/cycleways to that relation. If you wish to adopt one of the proposed routes below marked VOLUNTEER! please contact Kerry Irons via email using irons54vortex at gmail (dot) com. Also, please do your best to keep this wiki page section updated with your progress, for example, create a BrowseRelation entry for new routes. If you don't or can't update this wiki section, please contact stevea via OSM missive with notes of your progress. Finally, please keep this table synchronized with state registry wiki pages (for example, Ohio).
|Proposed USBR||Relation(s)||State(s)||Status and notes - usually where coordinated activity is taking place that will lead to a state application to AASHTO|
|USBR 10||WA, ID, MT, ND, MN, WI, MI|| Incipient in Washington state: seeded as SR 20 east of US 97. Anacortes will likely be the western terminus and the route from there to Sedro-Woolley might well be off SR 20 at least part of the way. Between Sedro-Woolley and the Idaho state line the route will probably be on SR 20 entirely except possibly a few parallel side roads (perhaps between Omak and Riverside or along the Pend Oreille River north of Oldtown).|
In Michigan, proposed USBR 10 has partially emerged as US-2 from Escanaba to St. Ignace. USBR 10 might be continued west from Escanaba at some future date but there are no plans for that at present.
|USBR 11||Virginia||MD, VA, NC||Incipient in Virginia. Concurrent with Blue Ridge Parkway from North Carolina northeasterly to a concurrency with USBR 76 continuing to near Waynesboro. Proposed to follow the Blue Ridge Parkway to Front Royal and then mostly secondary roads to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Full route data are at http://ridewithgps.com/routes/920401, where you can download a free GPX track to aid your editing efforts. VOLUNTEER to adopt and enter this route!|
|USBR 23||No relation yet in Kentucky nor Alabama||KY, TN (done), AL|| Potential early emergence in Kentucky suggests Mammoth Caves State Bicycle Route as a connection to USBR 23 in Tennessee.|
Possibly/perhaps incipient in Alabama.
|USBR 25||AlabamaMississippi Ohio||AL, MS, TN, KY, OH, PA, NY, ON||
An Alabama DOT document from 2009 says on page 12 "it is recommended that the U.S. Bike Route 25 in Alabama be the same as the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route." However, Alabama appears not to be further developing this route nor does it have an active proposal to bring this route to AASHTO.
|USBR 30||WI||Incipient in Wisconsin. Presently concurrent with the Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail, but there is news from Adventure Cycling Association that this route is "nearly fully defined." The route will follow DNR trails nearly across the state except for an on-road portion from roughly Reedsburg to Madison. Two alternates are considered for the on-road portion, one using the ferry to cross the Wisconsin River at Merrimac and the other crossing the river in Sauk City. Possibly two routes will be implemented: one as USBR 30 and one as USBR 30A. The Wisconsin Bike Federation may have an electronic map document ("soft-copy") of some sort -- at least turn-by-turn directions are available. OSM contact: hobbesvsboyle|
|USBR 35||IndianaMississippi||MI (done), IN, KY, TN, MS|| Active development in Indiana. See http://www.indianatrails.com/content/usbr35. This map is not correct in parts of Indianapolis, though more agreement should emerge soon. A newer route goes through Shelbyville with a possible alternate through Greenwood.|
The Natchez Trace is emerging/incipient as USBR 35 (and possibly part of 25) in Mississippi.
|USBR 36||No relation yet in Indiana||IN||A draft route is imminently emerging in Indiana (Lake Michigan shore): from New Buffalo, Michigan to the Illinois state line as provided by northwest Indiana (NIRPC) counties. This route is mostly on trails though some will be on roads where trails are in development or not suitable for touring bicycles. VOLUNTEER to adopt and enter this route!|
|USBR 37||MichiganNo relation yet in Illinois nor Wisconsin||IL, WI, MI|| A draft route is believed soon (last week of January 2014?) to emerge in Illinois (Chicagoland).|
Wisconsin appears to be waiting on completion of USBR 30 before progress on USBR 37 continues in that state.
A route proposal in its entirety has emerged in Michigan (Upper Peninsula) as Michigan 35 from Menominee to Escanaba (continuing a potential USBR 37 in Wisconsin near or in Marinette).
|USBR 50||DC, MD (done), PA, WV, OH, IN, IL, MO, KS, NE, CO, UT, NV, CA|| Pending AASHTO approval in the District of Columbia, emerging in Pennsylvania, short and described in West Virginia, three discontiguous segments in Ohio, a still-to-be-corrected route in Indiana and largely complete in Nevada.
Emergence of this proposed route in Pennsylvania doesn't yet include specific details except that it will include the Panhandle Trail, Montour Trail and some secondary roads. The eastern segment is speculative.
In West Virginia, the route is quite short: through Weirton, Market Street Bridge onto SR 2 north, US 22 to Main Street to Cove Road to Harmon Creek Road to Colliers Road to Police Lodge Road to the Panhandle Trail trailhead.
In Ohio, the route has been split into three separate relations: one near the Indiana border, another in the Miami Valley (MVRPC counties), and a third in Central Ohio (MORPC counties). These relations need to be updated and combined now that the routes through Greene and Clark counties and through most of eastern Ohio have met with local approval. ODOT is preparing to submit a formal application to AASHTO in April 2014. All local jurisdictions along the route have passed resolutions in favor of the designation.
USBR 50 in Indiana uses the Bloomington Bicycle Club's RAIN Ride route at http://www.mapmyride.com/us/west-terre-haute-in/ride-across-indiana-rain-route-485116. The route bypasses Indianapolis more to the south (Plainfield to Greenfield). The route through Terre Haute may require tweaking once discussions are complete. The current route through Indianapolis is incorrect and needs editing in OSM -- VOLUNTEER!
In Nevada, USBR 50 is US Route 50 from Utah to Carson City, but it is unclear where it goes west of Carson City (US Business Route 50? Interstate 580? Trunk roads instead of motorways?).
|USBR 50A||Dayton, OH||OH:MOT||Not mapped yet. Part of Ohio's forthcoming USBR 50 submission to AASHTO.|
|Columbus, OH||OH:FRA, OH:DEL, OH:LIC||Completely mapped. Part of Ohio's forthcoming USBR 50 submission to AASHTO.|
|USBR 51||Arkansas||LA, AR, MO||In the early stages of development in Arkansas (only). In OSM it is now two discontiguous relations: one (between Bentonville and Fayetteville) is concurrent with the Razorback Regional Greenway in northwestern Arkansas, another (along US 71) is near Fort Smith. The Fort Smith segment may continue onto US Route 71B (from US Route 71), routing north of here is unclear.|
|USBR 66||CA, AZ, NM, TX, OK, KS, MO, IL|| Incipient in California, New Mexico, Oklahoma.|
In California, USBR 66 is described by the "California Bicycle Route 66 Concept Plan (Draft)" document that was published on 8/15/2013 by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). Both the "Preliminary Route Concept" and the "Alternate Route Concepts" are now entered into OSM. Volunteers are working to harmonize with many local jurisdictions which (if any) of the alternate routes might become part of a more final route. There remains a gap at MCLBB. The short version is that a request is going up the chain. Being optimistic, permission to traverse Boll Avenue (daytime only, must have proper ID/details of passports...) has occurred before for a group of interstate bicyclists, so we might consider this approval to be no more than "pending." ACA says SCAG receiving a MOU as a next intended step seems about right, though of course these things take time. Walt in southern California got more jurisdictions harmonious on the routing accelerating the 66 effort by at least a year! One volunteer has offered to scout POIs along portions of the proposed route. Are there any geographical suggestions for her trip?
|USBR 76||Wyoming||OR, ID, MT, WY, CO, KS||Incipient in Wyoming. The route will follow US 287 from near Jackson to Rawlins, then US 287 Bypass onto Wyoming 76 onto I-80 at Exit 221 to Exit 235 onto SR 130, then SR 230 to the Colorado state line, where it becomes SR 125 in Colorado. There is a challenge with traffic and road quality inside Yellowstone National Park. A possible routing would go through Jackson onto SR 22 into Idaho. VOLUNTEER to adopt and enter this route!|
|USBR 80||Arkansas||OK, AR, TN, NC||Incipient in Arkansas. It is unclear where the route goes east of Pulaski at SR 5 and South University Avenue: north to SR 10? Or east on what might be SR 5 or might also be US 708?|
|USBR 84||Alabama||SC, GA, AL, MS, AR, TX||An Alabama DOT document from 2009 says on page 12 "it is recommended that U.S. Bike Route 84 follow the same route as the state bicycle route (EW2)." However, Alabama appears not to be further developing this route nor does it have an active proposal to bring this route to AASHTO. This route is tagged with network=rcn + ref=EW2 + cycle_network=US:AL + ncn=proposed so the first two keys cause Cycle Map to display a solid turquoise line badged with turquoise EW2 shields, and the last key superimposes a dashed red line (with no red 84 shields).|
|USBR 90||FL, AL, MS, LA, TX, NM, AZ, CA|| Florida has issued a policy to develop USBR 90.|
Incipient in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana.
In Alabama, USBR 90 is seeded as SR 188 through bayou La Batre. VOLUNTEER to adopt and enter this route!