By: Susan Sherren for Couture Trips Published: 8/4/21 2:05 CST Pedalling Coast to Coast May Soon Be A Reality
Many of us consider travel transportation to include planes, trains and automobiles. Have you considered pedalling your way across America? Now with electric bikes gaining in popularity, you could experience a new version of a road trip on two wheels. The fear factor of riding on busy and congested roads is a deterrent to many cycling enthusiasts. But thanks to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, biking across America on designated cycle paths may soon be realized. The organization is committed to creating a cycling infrastructure that connects more than 125 existing trails and 90 trail gaps over 3,700 plus miles between Washington, D.C., and Washington State. Yes, that means coast to coast cycling opportunities! "Since the 1980s, RTC has understood the potential of a trail like the Great American Rail-Trail that could connect the nation. That vision has been a guidepost for the organization for 30 years. Now, we have the chance to create from that vision a national treasure that unites millions of people over thousands of miles of trail," said Ryan Chao, president of RTC. "This trail is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide—together—an enduring gift to the nation that will bring joy for generations to come."
Video Courtesy of Rail to Trails
Where Can I Ride ?
Approximately 53% of the trail is completed; it will likely take several more decades before all the routes are fully linked. The overall goal is to have the paths free from traffic. Walkers and cycling enthusiasts will be able to add this to their bucket list when it is completed sometime around 2040. You may explore available trail options by visiting Trail Link to view routes near you. The most up to date trail 2021 trail assessment can be found by clicking HERE.
How Can I Prep For a Bike Vacation ?
You'll likely need proper equipment and some know-how if you're going to venture very far from your home. It's a good idea to chat with the pros at your local bike shop. You can venture into the vast amount of information available on the internet as well. The best advice is to start out locally and join a local biking club. The equipment, clothing and road safety tips are all areas to be explored before you pack up and head out to the Great American Rail-Trail.
Couture Trips Loves Cycling
We can help you plan your next great biking adventure. With the pandemic situation many travelers are playing it safe and staying closer to home. A springRTC study reported trail use across the US spiked by 200%. If you need assistance with accommodations or planning out a suitable route- feel free to contact us. America is a beautiful country with so much to see. Getting outside and seeing it up close is the right way to go.
Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes in Idaho | Photo by Lisa James