U.S. Bicycle Route 50

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U.S. Bicycle Route 50 marker

U.S. Bicycle Route 50
Route information
Length: 517.8 mi[1][2] (833.3 km)
Existed: 2013 – present
Western section
West end: Richmond, Indiana
East end: Steubenville, Ohio
Eastern section
West end: Near Frostburg, Maryland
East end: Washington, D.C.
States: Ohio, Maryland, District of Columbia
Highway system

U.S. Bicycle Route 50 (USBR 50) is a west–east U.S. Bicycle Route that runs from just outside Richmond, Indiana to Steubenville, Ohio, and from near Frostburg, Maryland, to Washington, D.C. The route is planned to extend west from near San Francisco to Washington, D.C.


The first segment of USBR 50, incorporating the length of the C&O Canal Towpath in Maryland, was approved by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) on October 23, 2013.[1] On May 29, 2014, AASHTO approved additional segments in Ohio and Washington, D.C., including the remaining 3.6 miles (5.8 km) of the C&O Towpath.[2]

Current route[edit]


USBR 50 traverses 12 counties in Ohio, from the Indiana state line just outside Richmond, to the Market Street Bridge connecting Steubenville and Follansbee, West Virginia.

USBR 50 incorporates a number of rail trails. From west to east, it follows the Wolf Creek Recreation Trail, Great Miami River Recreation Trail, Mad River Recreation Trail, Creekside Trail, Little Miami Scenic Trail, Prairie Grass Trail, Roberts Pass Trail, Camp Chase Trail, Scioto Greenway Trail, Olentangy Greenway Trail, Alum Creek Greenway Trail, Thomas J. Evans Trail, and Panhandle Trail. USBR 50 also runs along state and U.S. routes, especially in the more rugged terrain east of Newark.[3] In Xenia, USBR 50 shares a short segment of the Little Miami trail with State Bike Route 3. From Xenia to Columbus, it shares the Prairie Grass, Roberts Pass, and Camp Chase trails with State Bike Route 1, the Ohio to Erie Trail.

Maryland and Washington, D.C.[edit]

USBR 50 follows the Great Allegheny Passage and Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath from the Pennsylvania state line near Frostburg, Maryland, to the Georgetown district of Washington, D.C., where it connects with the Capital Crescent Trail.[1][4]

Planned extensions[edit]

Plans call for the route to eventually run from near San Francisco to the current eastern terminus in Washington, D.C.

In Indiana, Wayne County and Richmond have passed resolutions in support of establishing USBR 50 through the state.[5][6][7] The route is expected to generally follow U.S. Route 40.[8]

In Pennsylvania, the Great Allegheny Passage, Montour Trail, and Panhandle Trail are being considered for inclusion in USBR 50.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Vitale, Marty (October 28, 2013). "Meeting Minutes for October 17, 2013, and Report to SCOH October 18, 2013 (Addendum October 28, 2013)" (PDF). Denver, Colorado: Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Vitale, Marty (May 29, 2014). "Report to SCOH" (Office Open XML). Louisville, Kentucky: Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ Townley, Jennifer (April 10, 2014). "USBR 50 update" (PDF). Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ "New U.S. Bicycle Routes Approved in Maryland and Tennessee" (Press release). Missoula, Montana: Adventure Cycling Association. May 11, 2013. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ Bisbee, Gene (January 16, 2013). "Indiana embracing U.S. Bicycle Route System". Biking Bis. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Proceedings of the Common Council of the City of RIchmond, Indiana, December 3, 2012" (PDF). City of Richmond, Indiana. December 3, 2012. p. 2. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Board of Commissioners Minutes December 5, 2012" (PDF). Wayne County Board of Commissioners. December 5, 2012. p. 5. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Board of Commissioners Minutes November 21, 2012" (PDF). Wayne County Board of Commissioners. November 21, 2012. p. 3. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Steel Valley Trail Council eNewsletter" (PDF). Steel Valley Trail Council. December 30, 2013. p. 3. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 

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