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Dear friends,

Throughout the month of May, I have been raising money to support the creation of an official U.S. Bicycle Route System, a national network of bicycle routes that connect local and state infrastructure. When complete, the U.S. will have a network rivaling those in Europe and Canada--allowing cyclists to travel further and explore better by bike!

The exciting thing is that routes will be nationally recognized, designated, and protected! Let's fill the gaps and connect America with bicycle routes.

Think of the closest metropolitan area near you (and if you live in one, think of the closest metropolitan area to the one you already live in). How long does it take to drive to that city? How long does it take to bike to that city? Is it even possible to bike to that city? If you work in a busy city but live in the suburbs, is there a network of routes that can take you home?

An official U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) will allow us to crisscross the country with ease on officially numbered interstate bicycle routes. These routes will connect you to major metropolitan areas, national parks and forests, and to suburbs and rural areas that might only be 15-25 miles from you — connect you by bicycle, of course. 


The U.S. Bicycle Route System was officially established in 1978, and AASHTO (the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials) recognized two routes in 1982: east-west U.S. Bicycle Route (USBR) 76, through Virginia, Kentucky, and Illinois, and north-south USBR 1, through North Carolina and Virginia. Six new routes were approved in May 2011: USBR 1 in Maine and New Hampshire, USBR 20 in Michigan, and USBR 8, 95, 97, and 87 in Alaska. And just last week, AASHTO approved 2 more routes: USBR 35 in Michigan and USBR 45 in Minnesota. All thanks to the efforts of Adventure Cycling Association and partner nonprofits and state organizations.

My goal is to raise $500 by May 31st. (My original goal was $250, but since some of my friends have been very generous, I have been able to increase that goal since I still have time to raise funds before the campaign ends.)

Adventure Cycling Association (the lead nonprofit on the US Bicycle Route System project) is trying to raise $50,000 by May 31st to support the development of the U.S. Bicycle Route System. We are very close to $40,000 right now, and have nearly one week to raise the last $10,000. Adventure Cycling has provided all the staff support for the project since 2005 and has coordinated all the state efforts, route research and planning, and supervised states on the application process for route designation. 

Donate today and your gift will be matched 1:1 by business sponsor Giant AND you can win cool prizes like a gift pack from Planet Bike. 

Please consider donating $10 or more today to help me build the U.S. Bicycle Route System. You can check out my campaign page and more information here: http://www.razoo.com/story/Amanda-Lipsey-Build-The-Usbrs

Thank you for helping me create  a more bicycle-friendly America,
Amanda 
 


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