Northern Michigan Biking: New US Bicycle Route 35 in Traverse City

Northern Michigan Biking: Help to celebrate the newly designated US Bicycle Route (USBR) 35 with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, May 19, at 1:00 p.m., followed by an informal bicycle ride along portions of USBR 35, including Traverse City's TART Trail.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), in collaboration with organizers from Adventure Cycling Association, Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trails Inc. and the City of Traverse City, will host the ribbon-cutting ceremony and informal bicycle ride along what is expected to be the newly designated USBR 35.

The proposed route utilizes the Leelanau and TART Trails, thus passing through Traverse City, and will provide a direct benefit to Traverse City residents and businesses.

This Northern Michigan event will be held in conjunction with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) spring meeting at Grand Traverse Resort, north of Traverse City, where the new route is expected to be approved by AASHTO’s Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering. The ribbon-cutting event is expected to draw transportation officials attending the national AASHTO meeting, local city officials who developed the route, community and businesses interested in promoting bicycle tourism, and the cycling and trails community from across Northern Michigan.

Kirk T. Steudle, director of MDOT and president of AASHTO, has been invited to dedicate the route and conduct the ceremony. Other speakers will include Traverse City Mayor Michael Estes and Ginny Sullivan, coordinator of the U.S. Bicycle Routes System for Adventure Cycling Association. Julie Clark, executive director of TART Trails, Inc., will emcee.

Members of the media, officials, cyclists, community members, and visitors are invited to participate in this free public event. The ceremony will be located at the former Train Depot building (currently The Filling Station) at 642 Railroad Place in Traverse City, conveniently located just off the TART Trail.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be followed by an informal bicycle ride along portions of the newly designated USBR 35. Northern Michigan cyclists are encouraged to bring their bicycles and helmets for the rides.

For a full description of the event, see the AASHTO's informational page

About U.S. Bicycle Route 35

Michigan’s U.S. Bicycle Route (USBR) 35 will attract bicycle tourists from near and far, providing economic, social, and health benefits to the communities that the route intersects. Approximately 500 miles in length, the route runs from New Buffalo, on the border with Indiana, to Sault Ste. Marie, Canada. USBR 35 is comprised of state highways, county and local roads, and regionally significant multi-use trails. It passes through dozens of small lakefront towns, past sandy beaches, scenic and historic destinations, as well as services and cultural attractions — including Traverse City, the Mackinaw Bridge, Mackinac Island, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Holland and South Haven. Once complete, USBR 35 will continue south through Indiana and eventually down to Mississippi.