TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Cyclists looking to bike across Arizona, or even the country, now have a designated path to ride along from one end of the state to the next.
U.S. State Route 90 is a 573-mile route that runs from Interstate 10 at the California state line, through Phoenix, to Tucson, and ends along State Route 80 at the New Mexico state line.
It uses existing infrastructure, including state highways, local roads and shared use paths.
The Arizona Department of Transportation got the approval for this route by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation.
"It's like a breath of fresh air. We need that connectivity throughout Arizona it looks like that route is going to do it," said Eric Post, the president of the Greater Arizona Bicycling Association.
Post also said this route will make it safer for cyclists.
"You get a map and you look and either you've driven it or you're going to take your best guess, and you can guess wrong. So when we have your routes set up, when they're on a map...that takes some of the guess work out of it," Post said.
Richard DeBernardis, president of Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, said State Route 90 will attract more cyclists to Arizona.
"They already come here. They come to Tucson, they come to Phoenix, to southern Arizona to train here. Your national teams come to train here, your European teams come to train here. This would just be another addition to that an make us more recognized," DeBernardis said.
To look at the maps, visit the Adventure Cycling Association website.