The US Bicycle Route Corridor Plan has been updated, with two new corridors — 50-mile wide areas where a USBR may exist or be developed. Adventure Cycling Association has the full story, but here’s the part we love most:
We are very excited about the addition of USBR 11 to the US Bicycle Route System. This corridor was proposed by the Virginia Bicycling Federation as a way to connect five National Parks into a regional bicycle network. Numbered in honor of the Great Valley Road, the corridor will begin at the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath (C&O Canal) in Maryland and will integrate the Byron Goodloe Bridge, part of the Appalachian Trail (cyclists are allowed to use this bridge if they dismount and walk their bicycles across), then connect Harpers Ferry National Park, Shenandoah National Park and the scenic Skyline Drive, and align with the Blue Ridge Parkway. Approximately 475 miles in length, this corridor will also make another important regional connection on its southern end to North Carolina’s Mountains to Sea Route. The corridor touches four states, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina all of which support the addition of USBR 11 to the National Corridor Plan.
If any road should be an official US Bicycle Route it’s the Blue Ridge Parkway, a world-class cycling road that already attracts bicycle tourists from all over the world.