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Are bicycles allowed on Interstate 10 from Jacksonville, FL to Tuscon, AZ?

Old 10-11-11, 11:10 PM
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Are bicycles allowed on Interstate 10 from Jacksonville, FL to Tuscon, AZ?

Are bicycles allowed on Interstate 10 from Jacksonville, FL to Tuscon, AZ? How about Interstate 8 from Casa Grande, AZ to San Diego, CA?
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Old 10-11-11, 11:26 PM
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Not east of Texas. In Texas, the rule seems to be 'no' if there is a reasonable alternative. In NM and AZ, generally ok, except in urban areas. California, no, according to journal reports. I think that practically, a lot is left to the discretion of law enforcement. This may help.

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Old 10-11-11, 11:32 PM
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Both AZ and CA allow bicyclists to use freeway shoulders in rural areas where there are no decent alternate routes. On I-8 this is limited to a few sections and you'd need to watch for the 'bicycles must exit' signs on the freeway to see where to get off and use an alternate. Under the CA vehicle code bicycles are allowed on freeway shoulders except where there are signs by the entrance ramp specifically prohibiting them. About 1000 miles of freeway shoulder are legal for bicycles out of the total freeway mileage of about 4000 miles in Calif. See:
https://www.cabobike.org/tourinfo/freeway-access/
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I didn't realize bikes were allowed on any interstates, so this thread was informative, but I'd say no. I-10 is a major interstate, I can't imaginethat you'd be allowed to ride there.

Even if I was allowed, I wouldn't ride my bike on I-10--the sheer amount of debris and the thought of tractor trailers flying by me at 80+ MPH is down right frightening. Plus, having driven cross-country on I-10, I would imagine riding I-10 would be extremely boring. Find an old highway or back roads and experience small towns along your way. Interstate towns are usually weird.
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I didn't realize bikes were allowed on any interstates, so this thread was informative,
In Montana, every mile of interstate highway is open to bikes. We rode on I-90 for three miles twice this summer but only because we there was no through frontage road. I have also ridden interstates in North Dakota (about 10 miles) and Wyoming (about 16 miles). Again, this was out of necessity. Traffic ranged from almost none to moderate so it wasn't bad. I cannot imagine riding for long periods with heavy traffic. The noise alone would be most annoying. I rode about 5 miles of the equivalent of a very busy interstate in Spain. Not fun. The biggest danger was crossing off ramps. If there is a lot of traffic it's often safer to take the exit and get back on so you don't have to worry about exiting traffic crossing your path.

OP: If you are looking for a souther x-country route, check out this:

https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes/southerntier.cfm
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Old 10-12-11, 08:08 AM
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I'm in Utah and I know that the Dept of Transportation here has a web site that maps out where you can and cannot ride on the interstate. I would suspect that each state would have similar maps / web sites that could give you the information you are looking for.
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I have ridden on a few sections of interstate and the experience ranged from OK, but a little sucky to quite pleasant.

I did a section of I-80 in Wyoming (near Rawlins) and it was just OK, but I was happy to get off of it. It seemed safe enough, but was not very aesthetically pleasing and there was a lot of sharp debris.

I-25 in New Mexico from Springer to Santa Fe was actually quite pleasant and I enjoyed it just fine. I preferred it to the other alternatives and would not hesitate to ride it again. The shoulder surface was smooth, the road graded well to minimize ups and downs, the traffic light, the views of the Sangre de Cristo range beautiful, and the shoulder free of debris

Some of the Pacific Coast Bicycle route uses the Interstate and I found it fine as well.
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This picture was taken somewhere in central Texas on I-10. It was not a place that I would have wanted to ride at the time it was taken for sure. Other times, maybe, just maybe. BTW, it was pouring rain and a looooong way to anywhere as I recall.
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cant imagine how annoying the noise of cars and trucks going by at 70 80 mph would be non stop.....
guess if you had to, no other choice....but man it would be unpleasant.
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Fortunately, not all interstates have non-stop traffic all the time. The section of I-94 I rode between Steele and Dawson North Dakota was empty early in the morning. Maybe a half dozen cars in 10 miles. It was the only paved road between the two towns.
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righto, I was thinking of times when one has had to stop at the side of a major highway for a kid or adult pee break and the constant woosh of fast cars and trucks at times is just plain unpleasant (but then we have all be on busy small two laners with no paved shoulder, with cars etc going by at 60mph....probably worse than a wide shoulder interstate!)
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Another thing is if they are doing road construction and up those jersey walls, your shoulder will disappear, and you're screwed. Then factor in the flats from all the debris and of course zooming trucks. I would only use them if no alternative existed.
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I've been meaning to get out on I-10 here near Tucson... just to say I've rode on on an interstate highway.
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Old 10-12-11, 10:59 PM
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I did hop on I-10 for a few miles from Vidor, Texas to Beaumont because there was no alternative.
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Hi all. Thanks for your replies. I'm the originator of thisthread. I'm a 58 year-old from the Boston area. I've done a Northerncross-country Solo 3300 miles 1982 where I took US Highway 2 (which is really asecondary road) from western Upper Peninsula MI to Spokane WA. Then I rode(legally) I-90 to Seattle, which was OK because it was a 12 foot wide shoulder,no glass or debris, not a ton of traffic until the approach to Seattle. I've done a few sub-K tours around the country as well.

I just booked my flight to Jacksonville FL leaving onOctober 27. I got AAA maps yesterday (which Iíve used before) for all thestates I need. After I read them Iíll see if I think theyíre adequate. If not,Iíll plunk down $111.00 for Adventure Cycling Southern Tier & Grand CanyonConnector maps. Iím going Solo Jacksonville FL to San Diego CA including adetour up to Grand Canyon.

Iíve gotten itineraries of the ST route from other riderforums so I should be able to suss out their experiences on those roads. Pleasefeel free to post advice, experiences etc. that youíve had traveling theseroads, or these parts of the country. I love riding. Iíve set my date andcrossed my Rubicon. Iím preparing for another momentous life adventure, takingit one revolution at a time. Have a safe ride.
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