U.S. Bicycle Route 76

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U.S. Bicycle Route 76
TransAmerica Bike Route
Route information
Existed: 1982 – present
Major junctions
West end: Missouri (current)
Oregon Coast (proposed)
East end: Yorktown, Virginia
Location
States: Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Virginia
Highway system
USBR 70 USBR 79

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.

History[edit]

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]

Missouri[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]

Illinois[edit]

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]

Kentucky[edit]

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][6]

Virginia[edit]

USBR 76 at Rockfish Gap

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.[7] The route passes along the following roads and through the following counties and communities:

Total miles: 560.1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adventure Cycling Association (2007). "TransAmerica Trail". Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on May 25, 2006. Retrieved May 12, 2006. 
  3. ^ "index". Modot.org. Retrieved 2016-05-26. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 8, 2007. Retrieved February 2, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 25, 2006. Retrieved February 2, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Transamerica Bike Tour". Transportation.ky.gov. 2010-10-07. Retrieved 2016-05-26. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 4, 2007. Retrieved February 2, 2007. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 23, 2004. Retrieved February 2, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Bicycling in Virginia - Blue Ridge Parkway and US Bicycle Route 76 - Virginia Is For Lovers". Virginia.org. 2016-03-15. Retrieved 2016-05-26. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on May 23, 2004. Retrieved February 2, 2007. 

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