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US Bike Route 1 opens in Georgia

US Bike Route 1, which extends from Florida to Maine, is officially part of costal Georgia. Jill Nagel writes for GADOT’s Milepost summer 2020 issue:

USBR 1 in Georgia stretches 199 miles along the Atlantic coast with oak tree canopies, rural landscapes, marshland views and barrier islands. A large portion of the route follows US Hwy 17 (Ocean Highway). Route 1 begins just south of the Georgia and South Carolina border in Clyo, Ga. and travels south through 22 local communities in Effingham, Chatham, Bryan, Liberty, McIntosh, Glynn, Camden and Charlton counties before connecting to USBR 1 in Florida.

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“When we approach roadway design, Georgia DOT’s Complete Streets Design Policy makes accommodations for bicycle, pedestrian and transit vehicles that we routinely incorporate into our transportation projects as a means for improving mobility, access and safety for the traveling public,” said Troy Pittman, Southeast Region preconstruction engineer. “Official designation of a U.S. or Georgia bicycle route further ensures that current and future projects along the route will be studied and developed for potential implementation of bicycle accommodations,” noted Pittman.

You can view the entire route, and others like it, on the Adventure Cycling Network Map.

(You can also flip to page 6 of the same Milepost issue to read about bicycling in Georgia.)

It’s wonderful to see projects like this come to fruition. Costal Georgia, with its beautiful countryside, is a great location for this route. I’m looking forward to seeing stories about people making use of it.