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Carlsbad Boulevard to become part of national bicycle route

Carlsbad Boulevard, the nearly seven-mile stretch of road also known as old Highway 101 through Carlsbad, is about to get a third designation — U.S. Bicycle Route 95.

The recognition would make Carlsbad Boulevard part of a national network of routes intended to facilitate interstate travel by bicycle on roads and highways identified as suitable for cycling.

“Just like the interstate highway system, there is a U.S. bicycle route system,” said Kerry Irons of the Adventure Cycling Association. “It’s in the relatively early stage of development.”

Carlsbad will be the last city in San Diego County to approve the designation, Irons said. About 75 percent of the 1,000-mile route has been established from the California-Oregon border to the U.S. border with Mexico. Eventually, plans call for U.S. Bicycle Route 95 to extend to the Canadian border.

“The target audience here is long-distance travelers,” he said. Usually they are people who travel in small groups on bikes loaded with equipment, and who stop at motels or campsites along the way.

“It’s not perfect,” he said of the bike-route system. “If you want to ride the entire California coast, you are going to hit construction … there are places where traffic is heavy … and sometimes there are rough or sandy roads and people with dogs on leashes.”

East-West routes in the works include U.S. Route 50 from San Francisco through South Lake Tahoe and on through Nevada and Utah, and Route 66, which goes from Los Angeles through parts of Arizona and New Mexico.

The American Association of State Highways and Transportation Officials created the U.S. Bicycle Route System in the early 1980s. So far there are designated bicycle routes in 24 states, used for cross-country travel, regional touring and commuting.

“Bicycle tourism is a growing industry in North America,” Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall said in a letter to Caltrans supporting the designation. “As a community, we stand to benefit from this opportunity both economically and from the health and environmental related benefits of encouraging bicycle travel in our region.”

The Carlsbad City Council is expected to approve a resolution authorizing the designation at its meeting Tuesday.

Cities that agree to the designation are not required to take any additional action. No additional route markings, such as signs or bike lane markings, are required.

Groups such as the Adventure Cycling Association and the California Bicycle Coalition publish maps of the routes.

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Transportation | National Climate Assessment

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    National Transportation Atlas Database | Bureau of Transportation Statistics

    The National Transportation Atlas Database (NTAD), published by BTS, is a set of nationwide geographic databases of transportation facilities, transportation networks, and associated infrastructure. These datasets include spatial information for transportation modal networks and intermodal terminals, as well as the related attribute information for these features. There are approximately three dozen point, line and polygon “data themes,” comprising of about 60 total datasets that make up the NTAD.  Metadata documentation, as prescribed by the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), is also provided for each database. These data support research, analysis, and decision-making across all modes of transportation. They are most useful at the national level, but have major applications at regional, state, and local scales throughout the transportation community. The current NTAD databases are designed for use within a geographic information system (GIS); however, the attribute data for each dataset can be accessed in any database, spreadsheet, or other software package.   In 2016, NTAD switched from an annual update to updates on a continuous basis.  The BTS is interested in providing different distribution approaches and developing additional datasets.

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    Bicycling Information – Grand Canyon National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

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    Three images, from left to right, park shuttle bus carrying several bicycles up front in an external rack. A bicycle in campsite with blue tent. Bicycle rental facility with attendant talking with two customers.


    South Rim

    Looking to exchange four wheels for two? Bicycling is a great way to experience the South Rim. Cyclists can enjoy approximately 13 miles (21 km) of roads and Greenway Trails that allow for more intimate explorations along the rim. If you get tired, load your bike on one of the park’s bicycle-friendly shuttle buses – there is a bus stop every one-half to one-mile along the 13 mile-stretch.

    Bicycles are allowed on all paved and unpaved roads on the South Rim. Be good to yourself and the environment – ride instead of drive.


    Image: 2 bicyclists riding along a paved greenway path along the edge of a colorful canyon landscape
    Cyclists riding along the Hermit Road Greenway. Photo courtesy Sarah Neal.


    Hermit Road

    Scenic Hermit Road follows the canyon rim for 7 miles (11 km) and is one of the best places in the park for cycling. Most of the year, private vehicle restrictions eliminate most traffic. Shuttle and tour buses do utilize the road, so cyclists should pull to the right shoulder in a safe location, dismount and let buses pass.

    The Hermit Road Greenway Trail, between Monument Creek Vista and Hermits Rest, provides a 2.8-mile (4.5 km) bicycle path away from the road and, in places, along the rim of Grand Canyon.


    top of sign shows map of Hermit Road Greenway. Text reads: The Hermit Road section of the Greenway Trail accommodates hikers, bicyclists, and visitors using wheelchairs. The trail meets Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas.
    The Hermit Road section of the Greenway Trail accommodates hikers, bicyclists, and visitors using wheelchairs. The trail meets Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas. Much of the trail follows the 1912 alignment of Hermit Road. There are six overlooks, including Pima Point, in addition to multiple resting areas along the trail.


    South Kaibab Trailhead and Yaki Point

    Looking for a scenic, yet shorter cycling opportunity? Follow the paved Greenway Trail to the South Kaibab Trailhead and then ride along Yaki Point Road to Yaki Point. Access the Greenway near Grand Canyon Visitor Center and follow the South Kaibab Trailhead signs. In about 2.4 miles (3.9 km), you will come to the trailhead parking area. From here, turn right and follow the trailhead road until you come to Yaki Point Road. Make a left and follow it 0.5 miles (0.8 km) to Yaki Point. There are plenty of spectacular canyon views along the Greenway Trail and once you reach Yaki Point.

    Like Hermit Road, private vehicle restrictions eliminate most traffic. Shuttle and tour buses do utilize Yaki Point Road, so cyclists should pull to the right shoulder in a safe location, dismount and let buses pass.

    If you become tired of cycling, you can catch the Orange Shuttle (Kaibab Rim Route) at Yaki Point, The South Kaibab Trailhead, or Pipe Creek Overlook, put your bike in the front rack, and ride the bus back to the Visitor Center.


    a woman boarding a white and green bus with a rack with two bicycles in front.
    Returning with bicycles to the Visitor Center on the Tusayan Shuttle, after riding the 6.5 mile (10.4 km) Greenway trail from Grand Canyon Village to the gateway town of Tusayan.


    Park in Tusayan & Ride the Shuttle

    Want to leave the long entrance lines and parking frustrations behind? Ride the Tusayan Shuttle into the park and then cycle


    The National Transit Database (NTD)

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    In the United States, transit ridership has grown by more than 20 percent in the last decade, reaching its highest levels since 1957. To keep track of the industry and provide public information and statistics as it continues to grow, FTA’s National Transit Database (NTD) records the financial, operating and asset condition of transit systems.

    After data reporting was required by Congress in 1974, the NTD was set up to be the repository of data about the financial, operating and asset conditions of American transit systems. The NTD is designed to support local, state and regional planning efforts and help governments and other decision-makers make multi-year comparisons and perform trend analyses. It contains a wealth of information such as agency funding sources, inventories of vehicles and maintenance facilities, safety event reports, measures of transit service provided and consumed, and data on transit employees.

    What’s New

    In December 2019, FTA released its 2018 NTD data products, which provide the most recent data on transit ridership, expenses, fares, safety, assets and other transit system information. Data products are posted following transit agency submittal deadlines and review by FTA, making 2018 the most current information. See the NTD Data page to view the full set of publications and documentation.

    FTA grant recipients – those receiving funding from the Urbanized Area Formula Program (5307) or Rural Formula Program (5311) – are required to submit data to the NTD in uniform categories. More than 660 transit providers report to the NTD through the Internet-based system.

    NTD data products include:

    • Transit profiles:   Frequently sought data on any transit provider
    • National transit summaries and trends
    • Time series data on transit systems dating back to 1991
    • Up-to-date time series of monthly ridership data
    • Time series of safety data

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