Cycling your way across the state got a little easier last month when Arizona received approval for its first U.S. bicycle route
The best part is that you don’t even have to wait to use it!
U.S. Bicycle Route 90, a continuous corridor through the state that connects with New Mexico and California, doesn’t involve building any new infrastructure. The route directs riders along a 573-mile-long east-west path that runs along existing state highways, local streets and shared-use paths.
ADOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Coordinator Michael Sanders explains in the video above that there are more than 11,000 miles of designated U.S. Bicycle Route in 23 states.
“It’s very exciting for us here at ADOT to have a U.S. bicycle route now designated,” he says. “Many people know us for our highways and Motor Vehicle Division, but now that we’re on the map, I think people recognize that Arizona is multimodal and that we are working to accommodate bicyclists on our roadways and streets.”
The route will take cyclists through many Arizona communities, including Douglas, Bisbee, Tombstone, Tucson and Wickenburg
“All the road maps in existence for the last hundred years have been for driving a car from one place to another,” says cyclist John Wettack in the video. “This is a road map for being able to ride a bicycle from one place to another.” Adventure Cycling Association
has developed detailed maps and other information about Arizona’s route and the rest of the route system to support bicyclists as they ride across Arizona and the rest of the states. You can find a map of the U.S. Bicycle Route System on the group’s site
Get more information on ADOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program
on our website. You can also check out some of our previous blog posts on the subject