The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has designated a west-east corridor crossing the center of the state to be developed as United States Bike Route 50 (USBR 50). USBR 50 will be part of a national network of bicycle routes, which will link urban, suburban, and rural areas using a variety of existing cycling facilities.
Bicycle tourism is a growing industry that contributes $47 billion a year to communities that provide these facilities. A national bike route designation is expected to draw experienced riders from throughout the country, and connect scenic, cultural and historic destinations and attractions.
USBR 50 will go from California to Washington D.C. In Ohio, USBR 50 runs from Paint Road in Preble County at the Indiana border, through 11 counties[i]. The route passes over to West Virginia on the Market Street Bridge in Jefferson County. Nearly 40 local jurisdictions across Ohio have provided resolutions of support for the route.
Indiana and West Virginia are concurrently working to designate their respective portions of USBR 50. All three States have agreed to the route where the states meet.
To date, 5,973 miles of U.S. Bike Routes have been established in 12 states: Alaska, Kentucky, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Currently, more than 40 states are working to create U.S. Bicycle Routes.
[i] Preble, Montgomery, Greene, Clark, Madison, Franklin, Licking, Muskingum, Guernsey, Harrison and Jefferson