Bicycle tourism is on the rise nationwide - Joplin MO is playing a part in that rise | @PeopleForBikes

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Joplin, Missouri is located on historic Route 66, and bicycle tours along the route travel right through the heart of downtown, according to Patrick Tuttle, Director of Visit Joplin. In 2015 the Adventure Cycling Association (ACA) released the Route 66 map series.

“Being the trailhead for two of the maps, we knew we had to be involved,” Tuttle says. “This is our second year of being members of both BTN and ACA, and we have already seen a significant return on our investment.” Tuttle is eager to implement signage that highlights the amenities local businesses can offer bike travelers after seeing Travel Oregon’s successful program at the 2015 conference.