Mansfield City Council is set to consider resolutions supporting the designation of two official bike routes through Richland County.
USBR40 is planned to cross from east to west across the northern part of Ohio, following the path of old US30. Future plans call for it to stretch from New York City to Yellowstone National Park. Another path, Ohio Bike Route 65, will go across Richland County from north to south.
According to the website of the Adventure Cycling Association, the United States Bike Route system will be “…an officially numbered and signed bicycle route from your backyard to anywhere in the United States. To date, over 11,000 miles of U.S. Bicycle Routes have been officially designated in 24 states. When complete, the USBRS will encompass more than 50,000 miles of routes and open up amazing new opportunities for cross-country travel, regional bicycle touring, and commuting by bicycle.”
Routes are being created by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
The resolutions under local considerations express support for the concept of route creation; similar measures have been or are currently being considered in Wooster, Crestline, and Bucyrus.