US Bike Route 10 opens Sunday as part of downtown Anacortes ciclovía

USBR-10-signIf you are looking to be part of Washington State bicycling history and enjoy a downtown car-free party, then you are gonna want to get up to Anacortes Sunday.

Washington Bikes and WSDOT will be celebrating the grand opening of US Bicycle Route 10, the first national bike route to reach the West Coast (of the lower 48, anyway).

The ribbon cutting will happen at 1 p.m. Sunday in downtown Anacortes as part of Anacortes Open Streets.

As we reported previously, the route gained approval this spring thanks to the tireless work of WA Bikes volunteers and board members. The route crosses the state mostly following the SR 20 corridor to the Idaho border.

Though there are existing routes on the East Coast and in the Midwest, USBR 10 is the first official route in the lower 48 states west of Minnesota. Alaska and Hawaii also have routes.

More details from WA Bikes:

It’s official! US Bicycle Route 10 has been approved as Washington state’s first route in the nationwide US Bicycle Route System and we’re holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony this Sunday, September 14 at 1 pm in Anacortes.

Ribbon-cutting for USBR 10 will feature State Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson, Anacortes Mayor Laurie Gere, WA Bikes Executive Director Barb Chamberlain, Representative Kris Lytton and additional elected officials who have helped to approve and support this historic route that crosses the northern tier of Washington state via the SR 20 corridor. A similar dedication will occur on September 20 at the Rotary Club of Colville’s 2nd Annual Blazing Saddles Bike Ride fundraiser in Colville.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held during Anacortes Open Streets. The open streets event–the first of its kind in Anacortes–will spread out over a twenty block loop and will include a Retro Bike Ride, a Concours d’Elegance bike show, Volkswalk, BMX and Mountain biking demonstrations, Special Olympics riders, bike repair station, live music, healthy lifestyle demos, information displays, a bike parts swap meet and more.

USBR 10 is a 407-mile bike route following the SR 20 corridor from Anacortes to Newport at the Idaho border. It climbs and coasts six mountain passes in between. The USBR 10 interstate route will eventually connect all the northern tier states, linking Washington state to Maine and running from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean.

Nationally, Adventure Cycling Association is managing the endeavor to create over 50,000 miles of interstate bike routes. Washington Bikes, in partnership with Washington State DOT, is coordinating the USBRS effort in our state.

More details on Anacortes Open Streets, which sounds like a blast:

Bt6DnkRIIAE5tbEBelow is the USBR map as it exists today. Come on western America, let’s get add more lines!

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3 Responses to US Bike Route 10 opens Sunday as part of downtown Anacortes ciclovía

  1. Bruce Englehardt says:

    That’s one route down, five to go! There should be a signed spur of USBR 87 into Seattle along the Burke-Gilman and Sammamish River trails.

  2. 47hasbegun says:

    Pretty cool. I hope motorists along the relevant roads will be nice.

  3. Charlie Greenwood says:

    It should have been called Bike Route 20 since it follows Highway 20. I get it confused with Old US 10 remnants of which still exist paralleling Interstate 90. We like to do bike tours along those.

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