Seattle’s Pronto Cycle Share rolls out

Bikes awaiting riders at Cal Anderson Park

Organizers for Seattle Pronto Cycle Share couldn’t have asked for a better autumn day for the official roll-out of its 500-bike system on Monday.

It’s the type of day that just begs for a bike ride. [Not so much beginning tonight, as rain and winds will blow in for the rest of the week].

The …

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Seattle bike share goes live Monday afternoon

Pronto bikes in warehouse - photo by Pronto

Seattle’s Pronto Cycle Share system will be ready to roll by Monday afternoon with 500 bicycles available at 50 stations scattered between the International District and University of Washington.

To mark Seattle’s entrance into the bike-share generation, five group rides to deliver some of the Pronto bikes to their destinations will get underway at noon.

Pronto members …

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Louis Garneau recalls 1,100 aero helmets

Helmet recall

Bicycle helmet importer Louis Garneau is recalling 1,180 aerodynamic styled bicycle helmets because they don’t protect the user in cold temperatures.

Users are urged to stop using the helmets immediately and return them to Garneau USA for a refund or replacement.

The recall is for Louis Garneau P-09 aerodynamic bicycle helmets with model number 1405362. The helmets …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/12/louis-garneau-recalls-1100-aero-helmets/

Cross-county cyclist battles Parkinson’s

Steve Quam riding down the road

The next time you consider skipping a bike ride because it’s drizzling, or it isn’t sunny, or you didn’t get your 8 hours the previous night, remember about Steve Quam.

The 68-year-old bicyclist from Anderson, S.C., suffers from Parkinson’s disease, a nervous system disorder that gets worse with time. In spite of that, he’s riding a self-contained bicycle …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/09/cross-county-cyclist-battles-parkinsons/

Conquering the Isle of Skye by mountain bike

Danny Macaskill: The Ridge

Some of the street trials tricks that Danny Macaskill gets away with on his mountain bike are just amazing. All of his videos prove that he’s extremely talented.

The stunts in his newest video — Danny Macaskill: The Ridge — are just as mind-blowing.

This video also features the breath-taking scenery of the Isle of Skye in Scotland. I’d have …

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Another cross-state rail-trail in Missouri’s future

Rock Island Railroad corridor, from MoBikeFed

Bicyclists in many states don’t even have one cross-state rail-trail to ride. Those in Missouri, already home to the popular 237-mile-long Katy Trail, could be getting another.

The owners of the old Rock Island Railroad announced plans to railbank the 145-mile-long railroad right-of-way, marking the first step toward turning the east-west corridor into a rail-trail.

The tracks run …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/03/another-cross-state-rail-trail-in-missouris-future/

Did Missouri mayor intentionally hit cyclist? Charges filed

Mayor Mark Furrer

Oct. 3, 2014 – The St. Louis County Police Department has Sunset Hills Mayor Mark Furrer with 2 felonies in connection with allegations that he intentionally ran a bicyclist off the road with his car.

Furrer was charged with one count of second-degree assault and one count of first-degree property damage, according to reports in the Call …

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Bicycling detours on rail-trail near Chehalis to continue at least another year

Many old railroad bridges cross the Willapa Hills Trail.

Two sections of a southwestern Washington rail-trail that suffered bridge wash-outs in 2007 will remain closed for at least another year.

The two bridge replacement projects on the 56-mile-long Willapa Hills Trail were scheduled for completion this fall. Although work had started at the two sites in Lewis County, the contracts will have to be bid …

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Bicycling to Mount Rainier and the road to Ipsut Creek

[Update: I just read a good piece about the bicycle riding opportunities at Mount Rainier National Park at the Washington Bikes blog -- Biking at Mount Rainier. Here's a bike trip a friend and I took about four years ago from Bellevue to the Isput Campground at the national park...]

Aug. 8, 2010 — My bicycling buddy Kazuki and I are shown celebrating the exhilarating experience of crossing the soaring bridge over the Carbon River gorge on the way to Mount Rainier National Park ….

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Seattle joins bike share movement next month

Bike-share station on N. 9th St., in back of 550 Westlake

The future is now for Seattle. After years of preparation, residents and commuters are seeing the first installations of bike-share stations this week.

Pronto Cycle Share is still aiming for an Oct. 13 launch date for the first public bike-share system in the Pacific Northwest.

Before long, 50 docking stations to hold some 500 bikes …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/26/seattle-joins-bike-share-movement-next-month/

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