Announcing USBR 51 & the Butterfield Stage Off-Road Experience - planning work on major new Missouri cross-state on- and off-road bicycle routes underway | Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation

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The Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation has been working with the Adventure Cycling Association and a large number of local organizations, communities, and agencies to develop a new major national bicycle route across Missouri.

USBR 51 is a major new cross-country bicycle touring route from New Orleans to Minnesota. The route through Missouri is currently under development and already partly usable.

The route through Missouri will consist of a (mostly) on-road bicycle touring route stretching from Fayetteville Arkansas to the Iowa border, along with an off-road "Butterfield Stage Off-Road Experience" route connecting Fort Smith Arkansas with Jefferson City, Missouri.

NEW INFORMATION ABOUT USBR 51 AND BUTTERFIELD STAGE EXPERIENCE ROUTE ONLINE AT MOBIKEFED.ORG

Information about USBR 51 on MoBikeFed's Maps and Route page includes:

* Current draft USBR 51 routes

* Draft Butterfield Stage Off-Road Experience Route, Springfield-Jefferson City

* Butterfield Stage historic route through Missouri (for historic information only--not necessarily a good bicycle route as-is)

See all this and more on the Maps and Routes page:

http://mobikefed.org/missouri-bicycle-maps-and-routes#usbr51

And for the Butterfield Stage Experience cross-state gravel route:

http://mobikefed.org/butterfield

FEEDBACK REQUESTED DRAFT ROUTES
We have made this information available so that people interested in bicycling these areas can used route planning materials available, and also to open up planning materials for public response and feedback.

Additionally, volunteers to help develop, scope, and try planned routes are needed.

Please contact director@mobikefed.org with feedback or to volunteer.

USBR 51 CREATES MAJOR CONNECTIONS TO IMPORTANT CROSS-STATE BICYCLE TOURING ROUTES

USBR 51 will intersection with USBR 76 (TransAmerica Trail), USBR 50 (Louis & Clark Trail), USBR 45 (Mississippi River Trail), USBR 66 (Route 66), the Katy Trail, the Rock Island Trail, the Spirit Trail, and many other local and regional trail and bikeway projects.

The possibility of making all of these local and regional connections part of a major national bicycle touring route is particularly exciting.

The intersection of these major national bicycle routes in Missouri makes the state a national bicycle tourism hub--a situation we as a state should be more aware of and take better advantage of.