Just found out about this from Adventure Cycling: www.adventurecycling.org/routes/nbrn/usbik
What an AWESOME road trip this would be! ...Don
"We're very pleased with the way U.S. Bicycle Routes are being developed in the state of Michigan," said Kirk T. Steudle, director of Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and president of AASHTO. "U.S. Bicycle Route 35 is a collaborative effort of city administrators, the cycling community, and our own bicycle and pedestrian program staff. Cycling's increasing popularity provides an important boost to tourism along the Lake Michigan shoreline and the rest of the state." On Saturday, May 19, in collaboration with local organizers from the TART Trail, Inc. and the City of Traverse City, MDOT hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and bicycle rides along the newly designated route, which goes through Traverse City.
Coordinated by South Haven Project Manager Paul VandenBosch, the U.S. Bicycle Route 35 Corridor Committee drafted a route, vetted it with the cycling community, and then conducted a series of public meetings to gain buy-in from community stakeholders. Adventure Cycling volunteers, Kerry Irons and Leslie Wills, helped the committee gain the jurisdictional agreements that were required to complete the AASHTO application.
Michigan's U.S. Bicycle Route 35 runs nearly 500 miles from New Buffalo, Michigan, (on the border with Indiana) to Sault Ste Marie, Canada. Comprised of state highways, county and local roads, and regionally significant multi-use trails, USBR 35 passes through dozens of small lakefront towns, past sandy beaches, scenic and historic destinations, as well as services and cultural attractions such as Traverse City, the nation's "Cherry Capital." Other notable attractions along the route include the Mackinaw Bridge, Mackinac Island, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Holland (the "tulip city"), and South Haven (the "blueberry capital"), which will allow bicyclists to experience endless summer festivals where communities large and small celebrate farm-fresh produce, as well as local heritage and culture. Once complete, USBR 35 will continue south through Indiana and down to Mississippi.
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