Administrator and author of Biking Bis. Currently live in the Seattle area; previously Texas, California, Maryland, Georgia and Ohio. Own a Lemond road bike for light riding and Rockhopper for poor weather riding and touring.

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Write WSDOT: Hood Canal bridge still needs work for safe bicycling

Washington state bicycling advocates are facing a March 30 (Friday) deadline to convince the state to make some safety improvements to the Hood Canal Bridge (left).

The Bicycle Alliance of Washington (BAW) is asking cyclists to contact state Department of Transportation officials to get moving on the project.

Although replaced in 2009, the bridge that links the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas still needs an estimated $1.8 million in work to make it safer for bicycles.

Problems include uneven surfaces between bridge sections, slick metal plates, raised rivets on the plates that narrow riding surface and gaps that have trapped narrow bike tires, causing falls. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/26/write-wsdot-hood-canal-bridge-still-needs-work-for-safe-bicycling/

Buy and sell at Seattle Old Bike Swap Meet

Do you like antique bikes? Do you have an old or antique bike to sell? Do you like free events?

Then the Seattle Old Bike Swap Meet might be for you.

The free event is open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/24/buy-and-sell-at-seattle-old-bike-swap-meet/

Ichiro’s crashed bicycle is museum centerpiece

Before reaching first-name-only cult status as a pro baseball player, Ichiro Suzuki was just another kid riding his bicycle to school.

But unlike the fate of most of those kids’ bikes, Ichiro’s bicycle is on display in the four-story Ichiro Museum his parents own and operate in Toyoyama, Japan.

Seattle Times sports writer Geoff Baker paid a visit to that museum recently in advance of the Mariners heading to Japan to open their season against the Oakland A’s. Baker describes the museum in “Shrine to Ichiro, baseball greatness is just a mom-and-pop operation.” He writes:

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“But that celebrity stuff is kept largely to the side. More front and center is the bicycle Ichiro rode to high school …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/23/ichiros-crashed-bicycle-is-museum-centerpiece/

Body of missing cyclist found in Death Valley

Sad news from the Death Valley National Park today.

The San Francisco cyclist who disappeared from a bike tour gathering at a campground last week had been found dead.

Rescuers found the body of George Kohler, 67, in the northern area of the park between the Mesquite Campground and Scotty’s Castle.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/21/body-of-missing-cyclist-found-in-death-valley/

Economic windfall forecast for Vélo Québec’s bike tour in Maine

Bienvenue dans le Maine. Profitez de votre balada a velo!

These words — Welcome to Maine. Enjoy your bike ride! — might be uttered many times as Vélo Québec brings a bicycle tour with some 2,000 cyclists to the state in 2013.

The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development announced the non-profit bicycling association is coming to Maine for a week in 2013 for its 20th annual Grand Tour Desjardins.

The bicycle tour is expected to be a big economic windfall for the state. The cyclists will stop in many of Maine’s small towns clamoring for food, entertainment and lodging ….

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/21/economic-windfall-forecast-for-velo-quebecs-bike-tour-in-maine/

Congratulations to these bike advocates

Who helped lead the way last year to put more bicyclists on the road and create a safer environment for them?

The Alliance for Biking and Walking recognized seven people, groups and corporations in its 2012 Advocacy Awards released Tuesday.

It’s a worthy list, and I don’t envy the task of narrowing the huge list of people working to improve bicycling conditions in the U.S. to just these few.

They were honored at the National Bike Summit ….

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/21/congratulations-to-these-bike-advocates/

Cyclist on bike tour missing in Death Valley

Authorities are searching for a 67-year-old San Francisco man who mysteriously disappeared from a bicycle tour campsite in Death Valley last week.

The man, George Kohler, was a member of an Adventure Cycling Association group of cyclists participating in Death Valley Loop I.

They were camped on March 12 at the Mesquite Spring campground in the north part of the national park. While others remained at a campfire, Kohler announced he was tired and heading back to the tent.

When he didn’t show up the next morning …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/20/cyclist-on-bike-tour-missing-in-death-valley/

“Save Cycling” is issue at this week’s National Bike Summit

The League of American Bicyclists is convening some 800 bike advocates in Washington DC beginning Tuesday to “Save Cycling.”

That’s a fine theme for the 2012 National Bicycle Summit, as expressed at right in a League promo from September.

A more accurate theme, but less catchy, could be “Save Funding for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure.”

No one is threatening to take away our bicycles, but federal funding to make travel safer for bicyclists is at risk. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/19/save-cycling-is-issue-at-this-weeks-national-bike-summit/

“This bicycle trail sponsored by …”

Corporate sponsorships of biking and hiking trails may soon be a sign of the times in Florida.

The weak economy coupled with the reluctance to raise taxes to pay for public services has prompted Florida legislators to approve corporate sponsorships for trails in the sunshine state.

The bill — SB 268 — is sitting on the desk of Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

The bill enables sponsors to place one 16-square-foot sign in the parking lot or at the trailhead of the trail …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/19/this-bicycle-trail-sponsored-by/

Senate listens to bicycle activists in transportation bill

Those of you who responded to the call from bicycle advocates to contact your US senators to support federal funding for bicycle programs should be pleased to know your efforts have paid off.

The Senate approved a two-year $109 billion Transportation bill today that, among other things, includes an “Additional Activities” fund that local governments can use for such local projects as bike lanes and trails.

The original version of the bill — MAP-21 — didn’t include any language that enabled local governments to access that fund. It would have been controlled at the state level.

Bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/14/senate-listens-to-bicycle-activists-in-transportation-bill/