U.S. Bicycle Route 76

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U.S. Bicycle Route 76
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West end Missouri (current)
Oregon Coast (proposed)
East end Yorktown, Virginia
Inauguration 1982

U.S. Bicycle Route 76 (USBR 76) is a cross-country bicycle route east of Kansas in the United States. It is one of the two original U.S. Bicycle Routes, the other being U.S. Bicycle Route 1. U.S. Bicycle Route 76 runs from the midwestern state of Missouri to the eastern seaboard state of Virginia. It is also known as the TransAmerica Bike Route.


Bicycle Route 76 originated as the Bikecentennial, the route for a large bike tour organized for the 1976 celebration of the United States Bicentennial. The Adventure Cycling Association was at that time also known as the "Bikecentennial."[1]

Bicycle Route 76 was established in 1982 as an original U.S. Bicycle Route, along with U.S. Bicycle Route 1 from Florida to Virginia. Bicycle traffic along a good deal of Bicycle Route 76 has been sparse to practically non-existent for several years. However, a 2003 conference encouraged the establishment of new interstate bicycle routes, as well as proposing the extension the two existing ones, 76's western terminus being conjectured on the Oregon coast.[2]

Since 2014, the annual Trans Am Bike Race has used the route.

Route description[edit]


In the state of Missouri, U.S. Bicycle Route 76 is signed. The route begins at the Kansas border 28 miles west of Golden City, continuing east across 348.5 miles of the state before reaching the Mississippi River just west of Chester, Illinois. The route passes through the following counties: [3]


In the state of Illinois, U.S. Bicycle Route 76 intersects the Tunnel Hill State Trail in southern Illinois and passes through the following counties:[4]


In the state of Kentucky, U.S. Bicycle Route 76 is signed, and a map is available as part of a state bicycle tours publication.[5][1]


In the state of Virginia, part of U.S. Bicycle Route 76 is signed, and a map is available as part of a state bicycling publication.[6] The route passes along the following roads and through the following counties and communities:

Total miles: 560.1


  1. ^ Adventure Cycling Association (2007). "TransAmerica Trail". Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  2. ^ AASHTO Ad Hoc Task Force on U.S. Bicycle Routes (PDF). Retrieved May 12, 2006.
  3. ^ http://www.modot.org/missourimap/
  4. ^ http://www.dot.state.il.us/bikemap/trailist.htm Illinois Department of Transportation: Trail List
  5. ^ http://transportation.ky.gov/planning/pdf/bkgd.pdf Kentucky DOT Bicycle Tours Guide (PDF)
  6. ^ Bicycling in Virginia - Cycling the Commonwealth: Virginia Is For Lovers[dead link]
  7. ^ http://www.montva.com/departments/plan/plancom/arch/2000/minutes/011900.php Montgomery County Planning Commission held on January 19, 2000 Archived August 23, 2004 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ http://www.virginia.org/bikeblueridgeparkway/ Bicycling in Virginia - Blue Ridge Parkway and US Bicycle Route 76
  9. ^ http://www.co.hanover.va.us/planning/complan/heritage.pdf Hanover County Preservation District Overlaf (PDF) Archived May 23, 2004 at the Wayback Machine

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