Washington state joins others seeking approvals for U.S. Bicycle Routes

US Bicycle Route System corridors (approved routes in black)


Washington state may have its first official U.S. Bicycle Route later this spring.

Washington Bikes reported that the state Department of Transportation has submitted its plans for USBR 10 to cross the northern part of the state from Anacortes to the Idaho border.

The plans go to the American Association of State Highway and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/04/18/washington-state-joins-others-seeking-approvals-for-u-s-bicycle-routes/

Access to mountain biking trail limited for 3 summers by road construction


Good news: The long-awaited paving of the deteriorated Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Road into the remote valley east of North Bend will finally get underway in May.

Bad news: It will be difficult — and at times impossible — for mountain bikers, hikers and equestrians to get out to the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Trailhead for …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/04/17/access-to-mountain-biking-trail-limited-for-3-summers-by-road-construction/

More cycle tracks and greenways in Seattle’s bicycling future

Linden Avenue cycle track -- in the street but separated from traffic

Seattle is taking another stab at improving bicycling in the city in an updated Bicycle Master Plan that relies heavily on cycle tracks and greenways — two schemes not promoted in the original master plan approved in 2007.

The idea is to entice potential bike riders who are not particularly interested in mixing it up …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/04/16/more-cycle-tracks-and-greenways-in-seattles-bicycling-future/

Bridging the gap on Chehalis-Western Trail in Lacey

Bicycle-pedestrian bridge construction on Chehalis-Western Trail in Lacey

When I stumbled across this scene on Sunday, I thought I had come upon one of the many road construction projects in Seattle.

But no, I was in Lacey, a neighbor of Olympia. Asking around, I learned that this construction job is actually a bicycle-pedestrian bridge that will complete the final missing link in the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/04/14/bridging-the-gap-on-chehalis-western-trail-in-lacey/

Women-only bike rides gain popularity; 20 listed here

Pink headgear not required - but appreciated - at Cinderella Classic

Women’s bicycling is growing, there’s no doubt about that. Such advocacy organizations as the League of American Bicyclists and the Cascade Bicycle Club in Seattle are pushing to get more women involved in all aspects of riding — especially commuting and recreation.

One aspect of that has been the growth of women-only bicycle rides.

While …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/04/11/women-only-bike-rides-gain-popularity-20-listed-here/

Victory for bicycle projects in Missouri

Missouri's Katy Trail (by Brad S. Wilson www.bikekatytrail.com/brad-wilson-photos.aspx)

What is it about some Missouri politicians? They seem to think they can make political hay out of proposing laws that stick it to bicyclists.

Four years ago it was some council members in St. Charles County who wanted to ban bicycling on some county roads. The issue lost support of the majority on council, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/04/09/victory-for-bicycle-projects-in-missouri/

Bike share in Seattle on track for late summer opening

It looks like Seattle will be joining the swelling ranks of cities worldwide where people commuting or running errands can  quickly rent a bike for a few minutes or a day.

The Puget Sound Bike Share announced Thursday that it plans to put 500 bicycles on the streets by late summer. They’ll be available at …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/04/04/bike-share-in-seattle-on-track-for-late-summer-opening/

Another section of Green River bike trail closed until December

Green River Trail detour in red

More work is beginning on the Green River levees in Kent that will require closing a section of the Green River Trail for the rest of the year.

The bike trail will be closed between South 180th Street and South 200th Street, a distance of about 2.4 miles.

The detour between Fort Dent and South …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/04/03/another-section-of-green-river-bike-trail-closed-until-december/

Closed road through California’s Devil’s Slide reopens as bike trail


We’ve all heard about rails to trails. How about roads to trails?

That is what happened to the old Highway 1 through the scenic Devil’s Slide overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

The state last year moved Highway 1 (aka Cabrillo Highway) up the slope and through a set of tunnels. San Mateo County restored the old …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/04/02/closed-road-through-californias-devils-slide-reopens-as-bike-trail/

Bike ride benefits victims of Snohomish County landslide

Highway 530 covered by landslide (WSDOT photo)

Proceeds from the first-ever All-in Family Bike Ride presented by the Marysville YMCA on April 5 will benefit the Red Cross efforts to help the landslide ravaged community of  Oso in Snohomish County.

Rescuers are still searching the mile-square area between Arlington and Darrington along the Stillaquamish River for survivors or bodies. Authorities say 25 …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/03/29/bike-ride-benefits-victims-of-snohomish-county-landslide/

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