Volunteers needed for upcoming annual bike/ped count

Every bicyclist counts. That’s why it’s important to get enough volunteers out in more than 40 cities across Washington on Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 to count bike commuters.

The results help demonstrate that money for bike lanes, bike paths, and other infrastructure increases bike traffic and reduces traffic congestion and its unhealthy side-effects.

WSDOT has a …

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New Sumner bike trail helps close the gap between Interurban (South) and Foothills Trails

A small bridge crosses the White River on the Sumner Link Trail

A paved bicycle trail that the city of Sumner built along the scenic White River has gone a long way toward connecting two great rail-trails — the Interurban (South) Trail in King County and the Foothills Trail in Pierce County.

The last section of the Sumner Link Trail completed this spring closed a gap in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/17/new-sumner-bike-trail-helps-close-the-gap-between-interurban-south-and-foothills-trails/

3-foot passing buffer for bicyclists becomes law in California today

If bicyclists in California feel they have a little more space when cars pass today, that’s no accident.

Give Me 3

The state of California on Tuesday became the 24th state to require motorists give bicyclists and pedestrians at least 3 feet of space when passing.

The law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last September, became effective Tuesday after more than a year of preparation. Brown had vetoed two earlier versions …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/16/3-foot-passing-buffer-for-bicyclists-goes-into-effect-in-california-today/

Have piano, will travel by bicycle; Mr. B’s Joybox Express hits the road

Musicians who travel the countryside by bicycle are rare, but not unheard of. It’s relatively easy to stash a cornet into a saddlebag or sling a banjo over one’s back.

Mr. B’s Joybox Express takes this a gigantic step forward by rolling an upright piano up on a bicycle trailer and hauling ass down the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/15/have-piano-will-travel-by-bicycle-mr-bs-joybox-express-hits-the-road/

US Bike Route 10 dedication is Sunday in Anacortes

Open Street Cycle Map of USBR 10. http://www.opencyclemap.org/?zoom=8&lat=48.17592&lon=-119.98274&layers=B0000

Washington Bikes is inviting folks interested in bicycle travel to attend the ribbon cutting on the new US Bike Route 10 in Anacortes this Sunday.

Click here for link to map

USBR 10 rolls out for 416 miles roughly along  the State Route 20 corridor from Anacortes to the Idaho border. That’s also the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/11/us-bike-route-10-dedication-is-sunday-in-anacortes/

Olympic Peninsula – Paving the Spruce Railroad Trail on the “back side” of Lake Crescent creates safer bike route

Spruce Railroad Trail on Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park

A paved trail is slowly but surely replacing the dirt and rock Spruce Railroad Trail on the north shore of Lake Crescent. When complete, it will provide a safe and scenic alternative to the narrow shoulder of US Highway 101 that bicyclists must now use to pass the lake.

Anyone who has bicycled on US Highway 101 …

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Dealers’ association names its best bicycle shops

Montlake Bicycle Shop, one of 300 winners nationwide

More than 300 independent bicycle stores in the US — basically your “lbs’s” – received “American’s Best Bike Shops” recognition from the National Bicycle Dealers Association this year.

Forty-eight of those bike shops are located in the Pacific Coast states — California, Oregon and Washington.

To win recognition, the owner or manager had to fill out a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/07/dealers-association-names-its-best-bicycle-shops/

Fork failures prompt Orbea’s recall of Avant bicycles

Avant recall

Little Rock, Arkansas-based Orbea is recalling 715 Avant road bikes after determining that the carbon front fork can break.

Users should stop riding them and go to an Orbea dealer for a free replacement fork.

Although no incident or injuries have been reported, Orbea issued the recall for the carbon framesets sold with hydraulic disc brakes or capable of …

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Surprises in new top 50 “bicycle friendly” list from Bicycling mag

Linden Avenue cycle track, Seattle's first

September is the home stretch for baseball fans watching the pennant races. But bicycling fanatics are probably more interested in another set of standings.

Bicycling magazine has issued its biennial rankings of “America’s Top 50 Bike Friendly Cities” and there are some surprising changes in the top spots.

For one, Portland is no longer the leading …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/03/surprises-in-new-top-50-bicycle-friendly-list-from-bicycling-mag/

Bicyclist on trans-Canada fund-raiser killed in crash

Graeme Loader, 24

After dipping the tires of his heavily laden bicycle into the salty water at Stanley Park in Vancouver, 24-year-old Graeme Loader set off from British Columbia in mid-July to raise money for the World Wildlife Foundation.

That adventure ended on Monday when he was struck from behind by a car on the West Canada Highway near …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/03/bicyclist-on-trans-canada-fund-raiser-killed-in-crash/

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