UPDATE: Signage is being displayed for the new US Cycle Route 21

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UPDATE PUBLISHED ON OCTOBER 11, 2021 AT 6:29 PM

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – A new cycle path in Kentucky will offer cyclists the chance to ride where Daniel Boone has previously traveled.

The US Bike Route 21, also known as the Daniel Boone Bike Route, begins at Cumberland Gap and runs through 10 counties to Maysville. The route follows much of the original Boone Trace trail established by Daniel Boone in 1775.

While the route is sure to attract bicycle tourists, the historical significance of the route is the primary focus.

“If you do all of this, you really get a feel for what Daniel Boone went through,” said Dr. John Fox, president of Friends of Boone Trace, Inc. “That’s what we’re trying to do. “

Kentucky now has a total of 1,000 miles of connected roads suitable for bicycles.

ORIGINAL STORY PUBLISHED ON AUGUST 18, 2021 AT 9:44 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ / Press Release) The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is funding the installation of roadside signage on the new U.S. Cycle Route 21 in Kentucky, which began in July and is expected to run through the fall in 10 counties and 15 communities.

Ultimately, USBR 21, a national bike path, will start in Cleveland, OH and end in Atlanta, GA.

USBR 21, also known as the Daniel Boone Bike Route, begins at Cumberland Gap and runs 265 miles south of the Ohio River in Maysville, Kentucky.

Crossing the historic Cumberland Gap and the foothills of the Appalachians, it passes through 10 counties: Bell, Knox, Laurel, Rockcastle, Madison, Clark, Bourbon, Nicholas, Robertson and Mason.

The route follows much of the “Original Boone Trail,” the historic trail established by Daniel Boone in 1775, marking the first route to land west of the Appalachians.

KYTC provided Madison County Tax Court with $ 85,000 to fund the signage project.

“Kentucky is now ranked among the top five states with the most miles on the US cycling network,” KYTC Secretary Jim Gray said. “By partnering with members of the community, Cabinet achieved designation for US cycle lanes 21 and 23, creating new north-south connections with its neighboring states. When we develop America’s network of cycle paths, we give residents and tourists better access to alternative modes of transportation. As a recreational cyclist, these new markings are truly signs of progress and there is still room to do more to elevate our cycling and pedestrian network.

The US Bicycle Route System develops partnerships between transportation agencies, bike and trail organizations, and volunteers. The Adventure Cycling Association has partnered with Friends of Boone Trace, Inc. to design and implement USBR 21.

“The historic Boone Trace began the ‘westward movement’ of our country,” said John M. Fox, MD, president, Friends of Boone Trace, Inc. “This directional signage will guide tourists by bike in all directions. safety through scenic roads while passing many historical points of interest along the way. The bike trails also attract visitors to explore the towns of Kentucky and engage in other outdoor adventures in the Appalachian region that contribute to the local economy.

With the official designation of two new US cycle routes, Kentucky now has a total of 1,000 miles of connected roads suitable for bicycles.

USBR 23 connects the Kentucky Cave region of USBR 76 to the Tennessee border. The 109-mile route passes through small towns and historic sites in southwestern Kentucky and connects to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Both new routes connect to US Bicycle Route 76, “The TransAmerica Bike Route,” which was originally designated in 1982 and has been updated several times since, giving riders several 500 mile connected route options. or more across the state of Kentucky from rural areas. Crittenden County on the Ohio River to Elkhorn City in mountainous Pike County.

All routes have been designed to take advantage of low traffic roads, allowing for scenic and comfortable driving through the states.

The US Bicycle Route System (USBRS) is a nationwide developing network of officially recognized, numbered and signed cycle lanes.

All American bike paths are certified by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). These new roads bring the total USBRS mileage to 14,000.

The trail course was developed over the course of four years by the 501c-3 Friends of Boone Trace, Inc., in partnership with the Berea College Public Good Entrepreneurship Program. Students researched the route and rated it for its safety and unique features. The approved route is designed for cycle tourism featuring low-traffic country roads, varied terrain, scenic views, and significant historic sites including Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, Pine Mountain Resort Park, Levi Jackson Park , Fort Boonesborough State Park and the Blue Licks Battlefield. State park.

Free digital maps for all designated U.S. bike lanes, including USBR 21, 23, and 76 in Kentucky, are available here through a partnership with Ride with GPS.

For more information contact: John Fox, MD President, Finformation from Boone Trace, Inc. (859) 533-6433.

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