State DOTs call for expansion of highway system: Could bikes benefit?

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Wider, smoother shoulders would be nice.
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On Monday, the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) — an influential group of state DOT directors — announced a report calling on Congress to prioritize funding for expanded rural highway capacity in the forthcoming re-write of the transportation bill. Spending hundreds of billions on highway projects and adding 30,000 new lane miles is sure to raise eyebrows in active transportation circles, but could AASHTO’s plan help improve biking conditions on highways across America?

Maybe.

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

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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.

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