U.S. Bicycle Route System: Success Stories from Across the Network

At nearly 19,000 miles and growing, learn about what the USBRS is and how you can be part of its growth.

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December 15, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM (Eastern Time)


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Webinar Outline

At nearly 19,000 miles, the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) is a growing, interstate route system for long distance bicycle travel. Learn about what the USBRS is and how you can be part of its growth. Some designations occur quickly and most require some persistence and patience from beginning to end.

This webinar offers the opportunity to hear from organizations involved in successful designations of USBRS routes across the country in partnership with their state departments of transportation. Be inspired by how these groups brought together the routes, communities, local government agencies, cyclists, and advocates leading to successful designations. It is intended for stakeholder groups and organizations who provide varying degrees of support to state departments of transportation in the USBRS designation process.

Presenters will represent organizations and groups that have worked to successfully bring together the elements required to designate a route in the U.S. Bicycle Route System.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what the U.S. Bicycle Route System is and is not.
  • Discover the advantages of having a U.S. Bicycle Route in your state.
  • Learn best practices for working with departments of transportation toward designation.
  • Hear the ways Adventure Cycling can support you/your group in the designation process.


This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).

Webinar Resources

  • U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS)
  • USBRS Implementation Resources
  • USBRS Maps and Route Resources
  • Adventure Cycling Association’s “Gaining Local Agency Approval Guide” (pdf)
  • National Corridor Plan
  • MnDOT Bike Routes
  • MnDOT Bicycle Route Planning Guide
  • Transportation Research Board Liability Aspects of Bikeways (pdf)

    Webinar Partners


    Jenn Hamelman, USBRS Program Manager, Adventure Cycling Association
    Portland, OR

    Jenn currently serves as the USBRS Program Manager. She began her career at Adventure Cycling as a cartographer. Her background curating bicycle routes, managing map production and implementing a variety of communication strategies serves the USBRS work today. Jenn facilitates and coordinates outreach efforts to government agencies, a variety of stakeholder groups and the Adventure Cycling membership in order to grow the USBRS through the designation process.

    In the summer of 2017, Jenn pedaled a 2,000 mile solo bicycle trip. This journey solidified and enhanced her understanding of how important good bicycling infrastructure is to a positive experience for all cyclists.


    Kerry Irons, Volunteer, Adventure Cycling Association
    Holland, Michigan

    Kerry Irons has been a volunteer with the Adventure Cycling Association, working on a diverse array of projects since 2004. He has volunteered over 12,000 hours working on the U.S. Bicycle Route System, Pedal Pioneers children's project, Amtrak Task Force, researching business contacts, reviewing annual member survey comments, developing economic impact information, working with many state DOTs and advocacy groups, doing extensive internet research on all aspects of bicycle touring, reviewing, editing, and creating documents, spreadsheets and presentations. He has represented Adventure Cycling at numerous conferences, making presentations and conducting workshops on the U.S. Bicycle Route System.


    Bill Sellin, Retired, City of Irvine
    Orange, California

    Since 2016, Bill Sellin, a retired City of Irvine employee and longtime Adventure Cycling member, has worked to gain local support for USBR 66 (2016 to 2020), and USBR 95 (2016 to current). His work experience and the free time to volunteer put him in a position well suited to the task of securing agreements of support from agencies along the routes. In addition, Bill is the founder of the Bicycle Club of Irvine and he serves on the Orange County Bicycle Coalition and California Association of Bicycle Organization boards. He is well known in the cycling community of the Orange County, California region and has done a bit of cyclotouring over the years.


    Sally Sharrow, Project Planner, Toole Design
    Columbus, Ohio

    Sally Sharrow is a Project Planner at Toole Design’ Columbus, Ohio office, where she has partnered with numerous communities on bicycle and pedestrian planning from the corridor all the way to the state level. She has worked with both Ohio and Minnesota DOTs on processes to designate and update their US Bicycle Routes. This has included managing communications with jurisdictions, collecting resolutions of support, and developing directions, maps, and communications materials. She is a daily bicycle commuter and beginner mountain biker; her first long-distance bicycle trip was from Boston to Amherst, MA and back.


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