Help bring the U.S. Bicycle Route System to Arkansas

The U.S. Bicycle Route System is a national network of bicycle routes under development that will link urban and rural areas of the United States.  This network accommodates cyclists using a variety of different types of cycling facilities. 

Three corridors have been prioritized through Arkansas and are shown on the current National Corridor Plan as USBRS 51, 80, and 84. The proposed USBRS 51 would potentially connect those traveling north-south with the established USBRS 76 in Missouri.  The Missouri route, USBRS 76 is one of less than a dozen established national routes approved by AASHTO. Two east-west routes are also proposed (USBRS 80 & 84) running east-west through Arkansas connecting Oklahoma to Tennessee and Mississippi to Texas.

Today almost 7,000 of miles of bike routes through 15 states has been established and Arkansas could be the next state to add to this growing network.  Our neighboring states of Missouri and Tennessee have already added miles, now it's our turn.

Now, we need support from cyclists around the state to help bring these ideas to reality.

Phase I. Planning
In the past, multiple individuals have worked on getting a USBRS established.  Currently, members of the state coalition are looking to build upon these efforts to get one route officially adopted in 2015.  Participants at the initial planning meetings have reviewed guidelines for the routes, looked at potential routes to prioritize, and discussed stakeholders to get involved.  This is where you come in to the picture.  Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in helping to bring the USBRS through your part of the state.

Phase II. Designation
During this phase, a draft route(s) will be selected and feedback sought from cyclists around the state as well as the local and state agencies involved.  Once a route is documented, local cyclists will be instrumental in helping to garner the local support (MOU's and Resolutions of Support) from cities and counties that the USBRS will pass through.  The application will have to be officially signed and submitted by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, so we will need to show broad support for implementation of a USBRS in Arkansas.

Phase II. Promotion
This is the fun part.  The route will be promoted through maps, websites, and tourism agencies.  Arkansas will have cyclists from around the country traveling through our beautiful state, and don't forget that local cyclists will get to enjoy these wonderful routes.  

For more information on the USBRS and the National Corridor Plan, check out Adventure Cycling or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get involved.  

 10 Facts about the USBRS from Adventure Cycling

  1. The U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) is a developing network of officially numbered interstate bicycle routes that connect America’s cities, suburbs, and rural areas.
  2. The National Corridor Plan is a corridor-level plan for the development of future U.S. Bicycle Routes.
  3. Corridors are not routes, but 50-mile wide areas where routes may be developed, linking key destinations, urban centers, that take into account the natural landscape.
  4. Corridors can be added, removed, or shifted by states as opportunities and interest develops.
  5. U.S. Bicycle Routes are defined as routes that connect two or more states, a state and an international border, or other U.S. Bicycle Routes.
  6. U.S. Bicycle Routes may be on roads or trails suitable for bicycle travel.
  7. State departments of transportation (DOTs) apply for U.S. Bicycle Route numbered designation, and work in coordination with local agencies, organizations, and volunteers in planning and choosing routes.
  8. U.S. Bicycle Routes are catalogued and designated by the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the lead non-profit organization supporting state DOTs.
  9. U.S. Bicycle Routes will be designated with numbers and may be mapped and signed.
  10. Projects to help create U.S. Bicycle Routes can be supported through federal, state, and private funds.