PennDOT announces Pa.’s 1st nationally designated bicycle route

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation on Wednesday announced the designation of the commonwealth’s first nationally designated bicycle route — U.S. Bicycle Route 50.

“We are very proud to have, along with our partners, developed more than 160 miles of trails and roadway for U.S. Bicycle Route 50,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said in a press release from PennDOT. “We expect the designation of U.S. Bicycle Route 50 to result in significant transportation, health, and economic benefits to the region.”

The 163-mile route mostly follows off-road trails, including the Great Allegheny Passage, Montour Trail and the Panhandle Trail and connects Maryland to West Virginia, the release said.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in May officially approved the route, the release said. Pennsylvania is the 25th state to join the U.S. Bicycle Route System.