Pennsylvania has the nation's first nationally designated bicycle route.  The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today (Wednesday) that the roadway will be known as U.S. Bicycle Route 50.

According to a press release issued by PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Department of Conversation and Natural Resources the route includes more than 160 miles of trails and roadway.  According to the release The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials approved the route last month.  Pennsylvania becomes the 25th state to join the U.S. Bicycle Route System.

U.S. Bicycle Route 50 is 163 miles long and follows many off-road trails through the southern part of Pennsylvania including Point State Park, Ohiopyle State Park and connects Maryland to West Virginia.  Officials believe the route will encourage bicycling and healthy exercise and bring a number of people into and through the region.

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