Pennsylvania adds 163 miles U.S. Bicycle Route 50, which will connect to the Katy Trail. USBR system now @ 11,726 miles | Adventure Cycling Association

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Pennsylvania’s first nationally designated bicycle route – U.S. Bicycle Route 50 – was officially approved in May by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and makes Pennsylvania the 25th state to join the developing U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS). The 163-mile route mostly follows off-road trails, including the popular Great Allegheny Passage, Montour Trail, and the Panhandle Trail. Cyclists can now ride 538 miles on U.S. Bicycle Route 50 from Washington, DC, to the Indiana/Illinois border. Once completed, the route will connect all the way to San Francisco.

“We are very proud to have, along with our partners, developed more than 160 miles of trails and roadway for U.S. Bicycle Route 50,” said Leslie S. Richards, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary. “We expect the designation of U.S. Bicycle Route 50 to result in significant transportation, health, and economic benefits to the region.”

The USBRS is a developing national network of officially recognized, numbered, and signed bicycle routes. The new USBR 50 designation brings the total mileage of the system up to 11,726. More than 40 states are working on designating and implementing official U.S. Bicycle Routes.