Bicycling on Route 66? Organizations hope for approval as U.S. Bicycle Route | Waynesville Daily Guide

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Missouri’s historic Route 66 wants to receive “designation” approval as a United States Bicycle Route. Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is leading the request to make this happen and Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation, Route 66 tourism organizations, and local and national cycling advocates all support MoDOT’s endeavors in this.

Beth Wiles, CDME, Executive Director at the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau, where Route 66 runs through the heart of the county, sees the advantage to this.

?This could be a huge win for the Route, Missouri and our communities. Thousands travel the Route via walking, cycling, skating...with the added features of being clearly marked and opportunities for added safety measures this will be a new opportunity to market the Route to these types of travelers and increase those tourist numbers. Cycling has a huge following and we would join the ranks of other cycling trails in Maine, Vermont, Utah...not to mention the other Missouri trails; Katy Trail and the Rock Island Trail that is being developed,” Wiles said.

MoBikeFed comment: As the article mentions MoBikeFed and a number of other organizations and commnities across the state have been working with MoDOT for some time towards official adoption of Bicycle Route 66 in Missouri into the U.S. National Bicycle Route system.

Once the route is adopted into the USBR system--this spring, if all goes as planned--MoDOT and local communities can begin to install the directional signage for the route, similar to the direction signs we see for the TransAmerica Trail (USBR 76) in Missouri.

More about Bicycle Route 66 on our Missouri Bicycle Maps & Routes page:

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