On November 20, 2014 the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials approved U.S Bicycle Route 1 and U.S. Bicycle Route 90 in Florida.
U.S. Bicycle Route 1 follows Florida’s Atlantic coast from Key West to Jacksonville, where it ends at the Georgia State Line. Much of USBR 1 follows the East Coast Greenway and Adventure Cycling Association’s Atlantic Coast Route. The route includes many scenic beaches and intersects cities and towns along the way.
Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad commented, “We’re very pleased that Florida now joins other states in establishing U.S. Bicycle Routes. Milepost 0 in Key West will now be the starting point for U.S. Bicycle Route 1 as it is for U.S. Highway 1. The Sunshine State invites cyclists to enjoy our great state.”
U.S. Bicycle Route 90 is an east-west route that connects the Alabama border to Florida’s Atlantic Coast in Butler Beach, just south of St Augustine. The route partly follows Adventure Cycling’s Southern Tier Route and traverses rural north Florida through pastures, forests, and small towns, with a few “big city” stops in Pensacola and Tallahassee.
Florida DOT Secretary Ananth Prasad said, “Cyclists can now follow USBR 90 across Florida from the coast to Alabama. We’ll guarantee to keep the route free from snow year-round and provide plenty of sunshine.”
Bicyclists interested in riding U.S. Bicycle Routes in Florida can find maps, turn-by-turn directions and other information on FDOT’s U.S Bicycle Routes website. Further information other additions to the nation wide bicycle network can be found on the Adventure Cycling Association’s website.