Given the bike shortage that has taken over the United States this past summer and folks’ turning to the great outdoors after being locked in for months under stay-at-home orders, this news shouldn’t come as a surprise: the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) has recently added over 500 miles of new bike trails across California and Wisconsin specifically.
The effort is the result of work from local state officials and cycling communities alongside the USBRS, which now officially spans 29 states.
The additions include a 269-mile path that connects Milwaukee to the Mississippi River at Bluff Siding and an extension of a pre-existing path from the San Francisco Bay Area to Nevada, now reaching Lake Tahoe.
“Establishing this route has been years in the making and it’s a great accomplishment for the state,” said Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) secretary-designee in an official statement regarding the news. “More than 70 communities in eleven counties worked together to create this great transportation corridor that will be enjoyed by local, regional and national bicyclists.”
In total, folks on bikes have 14,598 miles of available routes to tackle across the USBRS, which takes them across 100 National Park destinations. But that’s not all: reports suggest that at least 40 other states are in the process of developing additional trails, which, once complete, will turn our system into the largest bike network in the world. A feat for champions indeed.
Itching for a bike ride right now? Here are our some of our very favorite trails in the United States.
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