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Tomorrow! Up close and personal with the U.S. Bike Route System

Posted by on February 2nd, 2010 at 12:40 pm

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Ginny Sullivan and the USBRS,
live onstage and online
tomorrow night!
(Photo © J. Maus)

I hope you’re planning to join us tomorrow night (2/3) for an evening with Ginny Sullivan from the Adventure Cycling Association. Ms. Sullivan is leading ACA’s efforts to develop a U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) that would blanket our country with a network of signed and numbered bike-friendly routes connecting urban and suburban areas.

It’s a dream that’s closer to reality than you might think.

Sullivan is coming through Portland on her way to the big Smart Growth Conference up in Seattle that begins on Thursday. She’s carved out some time to sit down with me and share insights from the trenches of trying to push the federal government and state departments of transportation to begin implementation of the USBRS.

During our conversation, you’ll learn which states are already starting to plan routes, which states are dragging their feet, and which state has outright refused to get involved. You’ll also learn about her experiences dealing with the vast transportation bureaucracy, where new ideas — especially ones having to do with non-motorized transportation — are barely given the time of day.

There’s also some recent developments to talk about. The Obama Administration’s new budget has put $20 million into the new Office of Livability, which in previous incarnations has included the establishment of the USBRS as an official USDOT-led program.

Come and learn more about this exciting project and get to know one of our country’s top bike advocates. This event will also be broadcast live on BikePortland (and we’ll be taking questions from online viewers).

    An Evening with Ginny Sullivan and the U.S. Bicycle Route System
    Wednesday, February 3rd
    6:00 – 8:00 pm (come early to eat, drink, and be merry)
    Plan B (1305 Southeast 8th Ave.)

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Dave
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That’d be great to have some inter-city “bicycle routes” that are more than just the 6 inch shoulder on the side of the highway, for sure! I hope something comes of this!

TM
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TM

Pilots and drivers from around the world are always amazed that we North Americans have such an open transport system. It’s about time we had a bicycle system to match!

Jonathan Maus (Editor-in-Chief)
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As an added bonus… we just heard from Kleen Kanteen that they’ll bring some of their awesome stainless steel water bottles for a handful of lucky event attendees.

K'Tesh
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K'Tesh

Jonathan, Don’t forget… I still want a copy of that poster

MJ
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MJ

Will the interview be available for download? I’m on a tour in Florida and won’t have a reliable connection to watch live.