Bicycling and Walking in Virginia
U.S. Bicycle Routes
Established in 1978 by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the United States Bicycle Route System (USBRS) is a network of long-distance cycling routes in the United States. Virginia is a key destination for bicycle touring with three designated routes including USBR 1 and USBR 76, and USBR 176.
US Bicycle Route 1 (USBR 1) in Virginia
USBR 1, one of the original USBRS routes, when completed, will run the length of the United States eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine comprising approximately 1,525 miles. In Virginia USBR 1, designated by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in 1982, encompasses approximately 274 miles in twenty-one Virginia localities (counties, cities, and towns). USBR 1 traverses (from North to South) portions of the following Virginia localities – Arlington County, City of Alexandria, Fairfax County, Town of Occoquan, Prince William County, Fauquier County, Stafford County, City of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County, Caroline County, Hanover County, Town of Ashland, Henrico County, City of Richmond, Chesterfield County, Amelia County, Nottoway County, Town of Burkeville, Lunenburg County, Town of Victoria, and Mecklenburg County.
- USBR 1 Summary Recommendations Report (2 MB)
- USBR 1 Signage Cost Estimates (400 KB)
- USBR 1 Signage Plan (89 KB)
- NOVA USBR 1 Signage Recommendation Map
- A History of U.S. Bicycle Route One (PDF, 73 KB)
US Bicycle Route 76 (USBR 76) in Virginia
USBR 76, one of the original USBRS routes, (also known as the TransAmerica Bike Route and originated as the Bikecentennial), is an east-west oriented, cross-country, bicycle route running for approximately 4,250 miles from Yorktown, Virginia to Astoria, Oregon. In Virginia USBR 76, designated by AASHTO in 1982, comprises 533 miles, in thirty-eight Virginia localities (counties, cities, and towns), between Yorktown and the Kentucky state line near Breaks Interstate Park. USBR 76 traverses (from West to East) portions of the following Virginia localities – Dickenson County, Town of Haysi, Buchanan County, Russell County, Town of Honaker, Washington County, Town of Damascus, Smyth County, Grayson County, Town of Troutdale, Wythe County, Town of Rural Retreat, Town of Wytheville, Pulaski County, City of Radford, Montgomery County, Town of Christiansburg, Roanoke County, Botetourt County, Town of Troutville, Town of Buchanan, Rockbridge County, City of Lexington, Nelson County, Augusta County, Albemarle County, City of Charlottesville, Fluvanna County, Goochland County, Louisa County, Town of Mineral, Hanover County, Town of Ashland, Henrico County, Charles City County, James City County, City of Williamsburg, and York County.
US Bicycle Route 176 (USBR 176) in Virginia
USBR 176, designated by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in 2016, is a 17-mile alternate route of USBR 76 through the historic City of Richmond. USBR 176 runs from USBR 1 in downtown Richmond, which connects back to USBR 76 near the Town of Ashland in Hanover County, along a portion of the 51-mile Virginia Capital Trail, where it connects back to USBR 76 in southwest Henrico County.