How does it sound to cycle through America from coast to coast on an uninterrupted trail? This is precisely what the US Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is developing: a Almost 6,500 km trail that will allow cycling and hiking enthusiasts to cross 12 states by bike.
The starting point, in Washington DC.
An alternative to the well-trodden Route 66
This great bike path has been dubbed ‘Great American Rail-Trail‘, and will connect about 6,500 km of railroad tracks that are no longer used and other multi-use trails that will form a single coast-to-coast road where users will have their own path, away from traffic.
The route will pass through 12 states with its 12 connected trails, beginning Washington DC through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and finally back to the East Coast to finish in Maryland .
In this link You can access the interactive map of the route, which can be done on foot or by bike.
As we have learned from Lonely Planet, RTC has spent more than 18 months of analysis and collaboration with local trail partners and state agencies to create the plan, which has involved analyzing nearly 55,000 km of trails nationwide to assess their suitability.
So far the project has already raised more than $ 18,000 from both private and public funds, and more than half of the trail has been completed.
More and more countries favor coexistence between cars and bikes, and Brussels, for example, opened its first bicycle highway to users in 2020While in the province of Limburg, in Belgium, there has been an ‘underwater’ track since 2016 that literally crosses a huge channel.
Copenhagen also has an impressive road seven meters high that allows you to cross the city from east to west by bike. Of course, China has the largest bicycle road in the world.
Located in Xiamen, it is almost eight kilometers long and five kilometers high. An estimated 2,000 cyclists pass there every hour.
Photo | Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
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