U.S. Highway 66 -- popularly known as Route 66 or the Mother Road -- holds a special place in American consciousness and evokes images of simpler times, mom and pop businesses, and the icons of a mobile nation on the road
The Route 66 Trail creates a safer tourism and bicycling/pedestrian environment along the historic Route 66 highway, designating segments of the highway for non-motorized use and including more bicycle-friendly local roads and off-road recreational trails.
The trail provides bike and pedestrian connections between growing neighborhoods and local schools, parks and commercial areas.
The trail makes connections between communities on Route 66 even stronger, creating a long-distance bicycling facility from town to town.
Road improvements and development of new trails increase opportunities for people to bicycle or walk as a means of transportation and commuting.
The trail’s unique recreational and tourism features will bring increased economic benefits to trail communities.