In coordination with Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC), TxDOT has recently completed a high-level routing analysis for future development of bicycle tourism trails in Texas. TxDOT’s Bicycle Tourism Trails Study applied quantitative and qualitative routing criteria to provide an example vision of a statewide network of tourism bikeways. This presentation will feature an overview of bicycle tourism nationally and review the process and products associated with developing the Texas Bicycle Tourism Trails Study.
Carl Seifert is a Transportation Planner with Jacobs in their Austin office. He currently supports TxDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program on-site several days per week and works on other corridor transportation projects when time permits. His Transportation Planning consulting experience has allowed him to work on a variety of feasibility, corridor, and area planning studies as well as statewide bicycle planning efforts.
Virginia “Ginny” Sullivan is the Director of Travel Initiatives at Adventure Cycling Association, North America’s only organization dedicated to bicycle tourism and travel. Programs under Ginny’s direction include: working with state and local partners to officially designate interstate bicycle routes into the U.S. Bicycle Route System, currently at almost 12,000-miles; co-leading the Amtrak Bicycle Task Force, with a goal of seeing carry- on bicycle service available on all Amtrak lines; education and outreach to state and national public land managers on bicycle tourism amenities and accommodations; and advocacy efforts that protect and improve Adventure Cycling’s 46,846-miles of mapped and documented bicycle routes across North America. Ginny’s work is partner focused and her efforts are driven by the Adventure Cycling mission to inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle.