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Man will ride a bicycle in a pink bra on Route 66

Starting in the spring, I hear about innumerable people attempting some sort of long-distance stunt on Route 66 to raise money — or awareness — for some cause. Because there are so many, they’re not mentioned here unless the stunt…

Suburban Chicago county approves Route 66 marketing plan

The board of Will County, Ill., recently approved a new marketing plan for a long-overlooked section of Route 66 from Joliet to Braidwood, reported the Southtown Star. The newspaper said: There is an “untapped tourism potential” here, and tying all…

Pasadena may narrow Colorado Boulevard

The city of Pasadena, Calif., may narrow Colorado Boulevard (aka Route 66) to make it more friendly for pedestrians and cyclists, reported the Los Angeles Times. Pasadena is considering plans to narrow portions of Colorado by as much as two…

Frenchman travels length of Route 66 on special bicycle

French cyclist Thierry Suptil last month became the first person to travel the 2,400-mile length of Route 66 in an ElliptiGO, an elliptical bicycle. According to a news release from the bicycle company:  Averaging 47 miles per day, it took him…

Trip on Route 66 inspires new children’s book

Avid cyclist Steve Kime, who bicycled the length of Oklahoma nearly a decade ago for the Special Olympics, drew inspiration from a Route 66 trip for a new children’s book, “Rollin on Route 66.” The Edmond Sun caught up with…

Mother Road Marathon gets about 500 participants

The Mother Road Marathon, a race which traverses northeast Oklahoma, southeastern Kansas and southwestern Missouri on Route 66, drew about 570 participants over the weekend, reported the Joplin Globe. Since beginning in 2010, the Mother Road Marathon has experienced a…

Businessman wants bicycle trail near Route 66 from Baxter Springs to Joplin

Steve Bolek, a business owner in Baxter Springs, Kan., is organizing a fundraiser to build a bicycle and pedestrian trail near Route 66 from Baxter Springs to Galena, Kan. — maybe even to Joplin, Mo., reported the Joplin Globe. Bolek…

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