October 8, 2015, AASHTO approved USBR #35 into NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. The opening will be scheduled later this Fall.
The Hoosier Rails to Trails Council (HRTC) wishes to thank the many citizens, local governments, local trail proponents, and all who contributed to creating this map, and the cue sheet, which HRTC now offers as the latest (and final) proposal for United States Bicycle Route #35. This map and cue sheet designate a route for the public to bicycle (and hike) from the State of Michigan to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and back as part of the United States Bicycle route System.
HRTC obtained approvals for using all streets, roads, and trails, from all local (city, county, and trail) governing bodies within Indiana (Step #1).
HRTC will submit this route to the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) for its approval of the state highways portion of this proposal (Step #2).
INDOT will submit its work to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). (AASHTO is a non-governmental organization which sets guidelines for the design and construction of all state and national highways in the U.S.) AASHTO must give its ultimate approval in making USBR #35 the first official interstate (and unofficial international) bike route through Indiana (Step #3).
Coming to Indiana is a cross state bike route like none other. To be known as United States Bicycle Route #35 (USBR#35), it will run from the Michigan State Line, into LaPorte County and then through Indianapolis to Louisville.
It will be different in two ways. One is that it is designed to link county roads, city streets, state highways, and rail trails into one seamless and continuous bikeway. Two is that the entire route will be officially designated by both local governments (and trail owners), and by the national highway planning and building professional group called the American Association of State Highway and Transportation (AASHTO, “ash-toe”) . This group sets the standards for all federal, state, and local road designs, construction, and signage in the United States.
The map shows the proposed continuous route both northward and southward. The overlap at the Circle is simply because planning a north half and south half separately is easier than planning the whole route at once. Another criteria is to generally take people to the center of locales, in this case to the center of the state, in many cases to the center of counties, and thus to many county court houses and other points of interest.
USBR standards require that the route must connect to another state, and/or Canada or Mexico. The USBR #35 starts in Saulte Sainte Marie, Michigan at the International Bridge connection with Canada. From there, via Mackinac Island Ferry, the route mostly runs near the east shore of Lake Michigan, crossing into Indiana at LaPorte County Road #150 East.
The Hoosier Rails to Trails Council is directed to bring the route from LaPorte County through Indiana to Louisville Kentucky. When approved, these two states will seed the first segments of USBR #35. Sometime later, the route will traverse Kentucky, Tennessee, and Louisiana, on its way to New Orleans and the Gulf Shores.
Route selection involves other reasons as well. Selected routes provide long (8 to 12 miles or longer) direct, and through segments which are well marked and easy to follow. Roads with berms and shoulders, lesser traffic (lesser than busier direct routes), roads accessing shops and supplies, roads to scenic and historic features, figure into route planning. All surfaces are paved.(except for crossing some amount of short grass between a sidewalk and Missouri Street in Clarksville).
In Sellersburg the alternative route provides a detour from the congested area in downtown. The alternative route in Clarksville is on or next to Missouri Street between South Clarke Street and West Court Alley, right in the vicinity of very busy US Auto Route #31, approaching the Clark Memorial Bridge. (This section of Missouri Street is partially one way, thus requiring the cyclist to walk the bike to the U- shaped sidewalk just south of the West Court Alley intersection.) This alternative may cause one to roll their bike across some grass, but it is to avoid the designated route, when floods close this scenic portion of Riverside Drive.
Overall, USBR#35 is but one route of many proposals to comprise the United States Bicycle Route System which will eventually and systematically interlace the nation with coast to coast and border to border bikeways. Like the interstate highway system, which is also overseen by AASHTO, these routes will be numbered, will be officially supported and maintained at local and state levels, and will be mapped and publicized, if not signed, by numerous GIS and available means.
While AASHTO has designated a highway sign pattern for all routes within the system, signs themselves are not required. Although encouraged, signs are not required because the cost would kill the project by the local government, and/or the local support groups which are cooperating to bring the project, in all it phases, to completion.
The black sign is the general route sign in use today. This design is in the current planning book, The Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devises (MUTCD) 2009. (The green sign is proposed, but not yet approved by AASHTO, for inclusion in a future version of the MUTCD. Some early sign versions have a black sign with the number on top. The MUTCD regulates all road signs in the United States.
Currently the USB Routes are being developed by many people, groups, and agencies, which are operating in five levels, sometimes simultaneously, and sometimes quite separately, but all within a large program of prerequisites.
At the national non-government organization level, two groups are working together to create a conceptual system of national interlaced bikeways. AASHTO, the apex of authorizing and legitimizing the specific routes, is working with Adventure Cycling, the national expert about routes and touring, to set some general corridors, 40-50 miles wide.
To move from broad corridors into focused routes, at the state level, Adventure Cycling is engaging people, from statewide non-government organizations (NGOs) (In Indiana, the Hoosier Rails to Trails Council, and Bicycle Indiana), to select a proposed route through a given corridor from one side or end of a state to the other (through Indiana from the Michigan State Line at LaPorte County via Indianapolis to Louisville, Kentucky, and vice versa). This map is that proposed route.
At the local level, the state NGOs seeks bike route tips and suggestions for a suitable route from local cyclists, cycling groups, and cycle shops.Also, some state riders will ask locals to ride, check out, and proof the route segments and surfaces for a cross county cycleway.
At the local government level, once the overall route is proposed, each segment must be endorsed by the city or town council for local streets, by the county commissioners for roads, by the state highway agency for state auto routes, and by boards of directors of trail groups, or departments of governments owning trails. This involves the state NGOs some local supporters (individuals, and/or local groups) to coordinate the process of contacting the appropriate government officials. These endorsements all together will create a complete folio of supporting petitions across a state.
Note that this current map is a proposal, and therefore subject to change, if local advocates deem a segment needs to be altered.
At the state government level, the locals and state NGO cyclists work with the state bike/pedestrian coordinator, and others in their (Indiana) department of transportation. The goal is twofold: both to get permission to use state auto routes for segment of the national bike routes; and to get an approval that the entire folio is in order, and has all needed endorsements across the state.
From the state DOT, the folio is then sent to AASHTO for final approval to become a recognized national bicycle route.
Once all five levels are completed for Indiana Bike Route 35, then each state southward can add itself to complement the route.
While the amount of time needed to complete the United State Bicycle Route System is not known, during 2011 many states have been working on many segments. Spring and Fall are times when AASHTO receives route applications. Thus one is likely to learn of route approvals in late Spring and late Fall.
For overall progress and to plan trips go to Adventure Cycling at www.adventurecycling.org/
Oh, and Yes!, with its coming you can plan your 2012 cycling adventure escape now (don’t wait) across Indiana and Michigan (and some other states).
If you do pedal on any current and/or proposed US Bicycle Route, please let us know. We would be glad to print and/or upload your cyclelogue.
For further information and questions, contact the Indiana Coordinators for the US Bike Route System generally, and USBR#35 specifically:
Mario Vian (email@example.com) Richard Vonnegut (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hoosier Rails to Trails Council PO Box 402 Indianapolis, Indiana 46206-0402 Tele 317-237-9348
The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (“AASHTO”), the group which determines most standards for roads in the United States, has approved new bike route segments in five states, one being Indiana. In Indiana, the new segments are Routes #35, #50, and #36 cross portions of Indiana and connect with one or more neighboring states. These routes are unique in that each governmental unit, which controls a segment of a street, road, highway, or trailway, has approved a standard endorsement to create local participation in the United States Bicycle Route System (“USBRS”).
The USBRS creates a national network of inter-connected routes to aid cyclists to travel in/thru/across and explore areas of the United States. Further, the USBRS offers local communities to benefit from the income and monies spent by long distance cycling tourists.
USBR #35 runs from Michigan, at La Porte County Line, Indiana, to Louisville, Kentucky at Jeffersonville, Indiana. This 360 mile / 570 kilometer bikeway not only connects many county roads, numerous city streets, several state highways, and a variety of off-road trails. Each segment has been approved by the jurisdictional owners for use as part of this national bike route system. In addition, this north-south route traverses many of Indiana topographies and ecosystems, including wetlands, forests, country areas, fields, pastures, and the built environments found in such nodes as villages, towns, and cities. Generally #35 passes southward through the counties of La Porte, Starke, Pulaski, Fulton, Miami, Howard, Tipton, Hamilton, Marion, Hancock, Shelby, Bartholomew, Jackson, Scott, and Clark. The currently specific route map and cue sheet can be found here. Within this route are many “trailtowns”, which stand ready to serve bike travelers. Although Indianapolis is large for a “trailtown”, it has many stores, services, and bike trails, and bike lanes for cyclists. Later, the route will be extended through Kentucky and Tennessee as it makes its way to the Gulf Shores. For now Indiana #35 joins the already official #35 through Michigan to Sault Sainte Marie,Ontario. (Notably, in connecting directly with Canada, Indiana now has the only international surface route in the state, which is a priority even a higher rank than interstate, federal, and national motorways.) The opening will be scheduled later this Fall.
USBR #50 connects many county roads and city streets to motor route #40, the National Road, to cross Indiana for 160 miles / 240 kilometers from Illinois, near and through Terre Haute, through southern Marion County, and on to Richmond, and Ohio. This route follows the same route as Ride Across Indiana (“RAIN”), and passes through many villages and small towns, which tend to cater to cyclists, as cyclists have been rolling through this way for decades. Between the towns (and the two cities of Terre Haute and Indianapolis), #50 rolls through many farms and rural settings across central Indiana. Counties enroute include Vigo, Clay, Putnam, Hendricks, Marion, Hancock, Henry, and Wayne. Opening ceremonies will be announced later.
USBR #36 connects South Chicago in Illinois, through Lake, Porter, and La Porte Counties in Indiana to cup around Lake Michigan to Michigan City, and into Michigan State on its way to Detroit. Mostly on trails, the route is near many industries and houses, but is away from Lake Michigan until USBR #36 passes through Chesterton, and angles northward to the Indiana Dunes. Rolling northeastwardly to, through, and beyond Michigan City, and into Michigan, USBR #36 follows near to Lake Michigan.
Nancy Tibbett, Executive Director, Bicycle Indiana
"So many of the communities along the route were eager to support bicycling and tourism in whatever way they could, so it's wonderful to have these routes officially designated on the US Bicycle Route system."
Vince Caristo, Board Member of Bicycle Indiana, and advocate for USBR #50
"The designation of these routes puts Indiana at the crossroads of a budding network of national bicycle touring routes. This is a good thing for Indiana, since studies show that bicycle tourism is growing rapidly, and that bicycle tourists spend more and stay longer than other travelers."
Coordinating and developing this massive project, at the national level is the Adventure Cycling (“ACA”). ACA is the leading national bicycle touring organization. As such ACA plans many bicycle routes across the United States, leads a sizable number of bike tours throughout the year, and provides a central source of bicycle tour information.
The process is driven by the two staff members Sara Snow and Ginny Sullivan. Their tasks are to find and guide state cycling leaders through the process of planning a route through a state, then have the state leaders work with local cyclists and government leaders to endorse the route at the local level. From here, the state leaders take their work to their state departments of transportation. State DOTs are to approve the use of state highways, check for route accuracies and apply to AASHTO for final approval and inclusion in the national transportation system.
During the last four years the two state groups the Hoosier Rails to Trails Council and Bicycle Indiana contacted many local cyclists, requested endorsements from thirty~three city, county, and non-government agencies for the entire USB Route #35. During the summer the Indiana Department of Transportation approved the local work, and applied to AASHTO, which approved USBRs #35, #50, and #36 into the national transport system.
The Hoosier Rails to Trails Council and Bicycle Indiana thank many local and state government officials and many many local bicyclists and supporters for their help in garnering local and state approvals for these three routes.
The Hoosier Rails to Trails Council is the leading rail-trail, bikeway, and walkway organization in Indiana. with a mission to help create trails in Indiana.
Bicycle Indiana is the leading bicycle advocacy organization in Indiana.
Connectivity and the development of a new transportation paradigm.
The new transportation paradigm in Indiana now gives weight to alternative transportation modes, notably, bicycling.
In Indiana, the Department of Transportation (INDOT) has adopted new policies with regard to the development of transportation systems.
This map depicts how the transportation maps of Indiana may, indeed, change to accommodate bipedal travel ways.
Recommendations on the bicycle suitability of state highways, along with the adoption by AASHTO of United States Bicycle Routes (USBR) #35, #50, and #36, and the ADT (American Discovery Trail) have made Indiana as a whole more friendly to bicycling for fun and utility.
These new priority bike routes allow cyclists to connect with many and various parts of the state without starting an engine.
The United States Bicycle Routes use existing roadways, highways, rail-trails and city streets to the extreme north to the extreme south of the state, and from Illinois to Ohio and back.
This will allow for a lower the carbon footprint for travel, better air quality, and mitigation of the obesity pandemic.
Saying “hi” from a bicycle or passing by walking will have a salutary and unifying effect on everyone. Happy bicycling and happy trails.
Ginny Sullivan is the Director of Travel Initiatives for Adventure Cycling Association and the AASHTO Coordinator for the nationwide United States Bicycle Route System (USBRS). Ginny reported on the progress being made to complete the national bicycle route system. Recent confirmed routes are the north-south Number 23 in Tennessee and a section of the east-west Route 50 in Maryland.
Ohio’s approval of Route 50 is expected in the spring of 2014.
In its route across the United States, Route 50 is planned to cross Indiana, generally along the historic National Road (US 40).
Indiana’s motto of being the ‘Crossroads of America’ comes in to play with the USBRS. She emphasized the importance of getting route approvals in Indiana. Individual groups are working to create the routes for USBR 35, 40, 50 and 36 within the state. Routes 40, 50 and 36 cross east to west. Of high importance is Route 35 extending from Canada at Sault St. Marie south to the Gulf Coast. Michigan has already received approval of their section of USBR 35 extending 500 miles north-south through the state. She has expressed hope in completing Indiana’s section of USBR 35 in the next year.
Indiana USBR 36 - Illinois to Michigan - Route Description Turn by Turn
|Starting Point of Route||Miles Travelled on this Facility||Turn location and road name/designation||General Direction of Travel||Jurisdiction||Name|
|BEGIN IL/IN Border||0.01||Head 0.01 miles on 112TH ST to Wolf Lake Loop Trail||East||City||Hammond|
|112TH ST/Wolf Lake Loop Trail||2.36||Head 2.36 miles on Wolf Lake Loop Trail to 129TH ST||South||City||Hammond|
|Wolf Lake Loop Trail/129TH ST||0.24||Head 0.24 miles on 129TH AVE to SHEFFIELD AVE|| East||City||Hammond|
|129TH ST/SHEFFIELD AVE||2.41||Head 2.41 miles on SHEFFIELD AVE to HOFFMAN ST||South||City||Hammond|
|SHEFFIELD AVE/HOFFMAN ST||0.06||Head 0.06 miles on HOFFMAN ST TO HOMAN AVE|| East||City||Hammond|
|HOFFMAN ST/HOMAN AVE||0.55||Head 0.55 miles on HOMAN AVE to SIBLEY ST||South||City||Hammond|
|HOMAN AVE/SIBLEY ST||0.1||Head 0.1 miles on SIBLEY ST to ERIE LACKAWANNA TRAIL||East||City|| County|
|SIBLEY ST/ERIE LACKAWANNA TRAIL||10.48||Head 10.48 miles on ERIE LACKWANNA TRAIL to COLFAX ST||South||City|| Hammond/Highland/Griffith|
|ERIE LACKAWANNA TRAIL/COLFAX ST||0.68||Head 0.68 on COLFAX ST to OAK RIDGE PRAIRIE PARK RD||North||City||Griffith|
|COLFAX ST/OAK RIDGE PRAIRIE RD||1.84||Head 1.84 miles on OAK RIDGE PRAIRIE PARK ROAD to OAK SAVANNAH TRAIL||East||County||Lake County Parks|
|OAK RIDGE PRAIRIE RD/OAK SAVANNAH TRAIL||10.3||Head 10.3 miles on OAK SAVANNAH TRAIL to PRAIRIE DUNELAND TRAIL||East||County/City||Lake County Parks/Hobart|
|OAK SAVANNAH TRAIL/PRAIRIE DUNELAND TRAIL||8.86||Head 8.86 miles on PRAIRIE DUNELAND TRAIL to JACKSON BLVD||East||City||Portage/Chesterton|
|PRAIRIE DUNELAND TRAIL/JACKSON ST||0.28||Head 0.28 miles on JACKSON ST to DUNES KANKAKEE TRAIL||North||City||Chesterton/Porter|
|JACKSON ST/DUNES KANKAKEE TRAIL||2.81||Head 2.81 miles on DUNES KANKAKEE TRAIL to MINERAL SPRINGS RD||North||City/Federal||Porter/Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore|
|DUNES KANKAKEE TRAIL/MINERAL SPRINGS RD||0.06||Head 0.06 miles on MINERAL SPRINGS RD to US 12||South||City||Porter|
|MINERAL SPRINGS RD/US 12||17.63||Head 17.63 miles to IN/MI STATE LINE||East/td>||State||INDOT|
|Total Distance:||58.67 miles|
|Termini:||State Line of Illinois and Michigan|
|US Bicycle Route 50 - Turn by Turn.pdf||439.71 KB|
US Bicycle Route 50
Richmond, Indiana to Terre Haute, Indiana
Enter Wayne County, IN from Ohio
• W on Hodgin Road from Ohio State Line to South L Street
• Continue W on South L Street West from Hodgin Road to S 13th St
• N on 13th St from South L Street West to Main St.
• W on Main St from 13th St to Salisbury Rd.
• N on Salisbury Road from Main St to College Corner Rd.
• W on College Corner Rd from Salisbury Rd to Elision Rd.
• S on Elision Rd from College Corner Rd to Crown Creek Blvd.
• W on Crown Creek Blvd from Elision Rd to East Water St.
• Continue W on East Water St from Crown Creek Blvd to North Morton Ave.
• S on North Morton Ave from East Water Street to US 40.
• W on US 40 from North Morton Ave to Henry County Line
Enter Henry County
• W on US 40 from Wayne County Line to Hancock County Line
Enter Hancock County
• W on US 40 from Henry County Line to S Morristown Pike.
• S on S Morristown Pike from US 40 to W 300 S.
• W on W 300 S from S Morristown Pike to S 500 W.
• S on S 500 W from W 300 S to W 600 S/County Line Rd.
• W on W 600 S/County Line Rd from S 500 W to S Carrol Rd/County Line Road.
Enter Marion County
• S on S Carrol Rd from W 600 S/County Line Rd to Indian Creek Rd.
• W on Indian Creek Rd from S Carrol Rd to Southeastern Ave.
• N on Southeastern Ave from Indian Creek Rd to Acton Rd.
• S on Acton Rd from Southeastern Ave to Southeastern Ave.
• N on Southeastern Ave from Acton Rd to Edgewood Ave.
• W on Edgewood Ave from Southeastern Ave to McFarland Rd.
• S on McFarland Rd from Edgewood Ave to Banta Rd.
• W on Banta Rd from McFarland Rd to Bluff Rd.
• S on Bluff Rd from Banta Rd to Southport Rd.
• W on Southport Rd from Bluff Rd to Mann Rd.
• S on Mann Rd from Southport Rd to Southport Rd.
• W on Southport Rd from Mann Rd to Mooresville Rd.
• S on Mooresville Rd from Southport Rd to Quaker Rd.
• W on Quaker Rd from Mooresville Rd to Mendenhall Rd.
• Continue W on Mendenhall Rd from Quaker Rd to Camby Rd.
• W on Camby Rd from Mendenhall Rd to Raceway Rd/County Line Rd
Enter Hendricks County
• W on Camby Rd/E 700 S from Raceway Rd/County Line Rd to S 875 E.
• S on S 875 E from Camby Rd/E 700 S to E 700 S.
• W on E 700 S from S 875 E to S 825 E.
• S on S 825 E from E 700 S to Black Oak Dr.
• W on Black Oak Dr from S 825 E to S 750 E
• N on S 750 E from Black Oak Dr to Center St.
• Continue N on Center St from S 750 E to W Main St/US 40.
• W on W Main St/US 40 from Center St to CR 900 W/CR 500 E.
Enter Clay County
• W on US 40 from CR 900 W/CR 500 E to CR 700 W/County Line Rd.
Enter Vigo County
• W on US 40 from CR 700 W/County Line Rd to SR 46
• Continue W on Wabash Ave from SR 46 to 7th St.
• N on 7th St from Wabash Ave to Cherry St
• W on Cherry St from 7th St to 1st St
• Continue W on Cherry St/US 150 W/W National Ave (over Theodore Dreiser Bridge) from 1st St to Illiana Dr/23rd Dr
• Turn N and wind W on Illiana Dr/23rd Drive from W National Ave to Illinois/Indiana State Line
Enter Vigo County, Indiana from Illinois:
• E on Illiana/23rd Drive Dr from Illinois/Indiana state line to National Ave.
• E on National Ave/US 150/Ohio St (over Paul Dresser Bridge) from 23rd Dr to 1st St
• Continue E on Ohio St from 1st St to 7th St
• N on 7th St from Ohio St to Wabash Ave
• E on Wabash Ave from 7th Street to SR 46
• Continue E on US 40 from SR 46 to CR 700 W/County Line Rd.
Enter Clay County
• E on US 40 from CR 700 W/County Line Rd to CR 900 W/CR 500 E.
Enter Hendricks County
• E on US 40 from CR 900 W/CR 500 E to Center St
• S on Center St from US 40/W Main St to S 750 E
• Continue S on S 750 E from Center St to Black Oak Dr.
• E on Black Oak Dr from S 750 E to S 825 E.
• N on S 825 E from Black Oak Dr t E 700 S.
• E on E 700 S from S 825 E to S 875 E.
• N on S 875 E from E 700 S to Camby Rd/E 700 S.
• E on Camby Rd/E 700 S from S 875 E to Raceway Rd/County Line Rd.
Enter Marion County
• E on Camby Rd from Raceway Rd/County Line Rd to Mendenhall Rd.
• S on Mendenhall Rd from Camby Rd to Quaker Rd.
• Continue E on Quaker Rd from Mendenhall Rd to Mooresville Rd.
• N on Mooresville Rd from Quaker Rd to Southport Rd.
• E on Southport Rd from Mooresville Rd to Mann Rd.
• N on Mann Rd from Southport Rd to Southport Rd.
• E on Southport Rd from Mann Rd to Bluff Rd.
• N on Bluff Rd from Southport Rd to Banta Rd.
• E on Banta Rd from Bluff Rd to McFarland Rd.
• N on McFarland Rd from Banta Rd to Edgewood Ave.
• E on Edgewood Ave from McFarland Rd to Southeastern Ave.
• S on Southeastern Ave from Edgewood Ave to Acton Rd.
• N on Acton Rd from Southeastern Rd to Southeastern Rd.
• S on Southeastern Ave from Acton Rd to Indian Creek Rd.
• E on Indian Creek Rd from Southeastern Ave to Carrol Rd.
• N on Carrol Rd from Indian Creek Rd to W 600 S/County Line Rd.
Enter Hancock County
• E on W 600 S/County Line Rd from Carrol Rd to S 500 W.
• N on S 500 W from W 600 S/County Line Rd to W 300 S.
• E on W 300 S from S 500 W to S Morristown Pike.
• N on S Morristown Pike from W 300 S to US 40.
• E on US 40 from S Morristown Pike to Henry County Line
Enter Henry County
• E on US 40 from Hancock County Line to Wayne County Line
Enter Wayne County
• E on US 40 from Henry County Line to North Morton Ave
• N on North Morton Ave from US 40 to East Water St.
• E on East Water St from North Morton Ave to Crown Creek Blvd.
• Continue E on Crown Creek Blvd from East Water St to Elision Rd.
• N on Elision Rd from Crown Creek Blvd to College Corner Rd.
• E on College Corner Rd from Elision Rd to Salisbury Rd.
• S on Salisbury Rd from College Corner Rd to Main St.
• E on Main St from Salisbury Rd to 13th St.
• S on 13th St from Main St to South L Street West.
• E on South L Street West from 13th St to Hodgin Rd.
• Continue E on Hodgin Rd from South L Street to Ohio State Line.