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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Images of future Hwy. 520 bike trail over Lake Washington

It seems almost too good to be true for Seattle area bicyclists. The new Highway 520 bridge across Lake Washington will have bicycle and pedestrians lanes. These artists’ renderings prove it.

The Washington Department of Transportation posted the future views of the bridge at its flickr.com account last week.

Although I knew that advocates from Cascade Bicycle Club and the Bicycle Alliance of Washington pushed for a bike trail on the new bridge, seeing these views somehow makes it all the more real.

Now all we have to do is wait …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/29/images-of-future-hwy-520-bike-trail-over-lake-washington/

Is your college campus bicycle friendly?

Picking up the NCAA March Madness theme, the League of American Bicyclists has announced the latest additions to its list of Bicycle Friendly Universities.

The League added 5 colleges each to the Silver and Bronze rankings, raising the number of bike friendly campuses to 35 in 21 states.

Another 6 campuses were given an Honorable Mention.The new additions are …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/28/is-your-college-campus-bicycle-friendly-2/

Dangerous roads prompt bike route changes in North Dakota

Heavy road traffic in North Dakota’s “drill baby drill” region is forcing Adventure Cycling Association to relocate two established bicycle routes and issue new replacementent maps.

The Northern Tier and Lewis & Clark bicycle routes were redrawn to avoid the heavy traffic related to the oil and gas industry surge in northwestern North Dakota and moved southward generally to the Interstate 94 corridor.

Cartographer Jennifer ‘Jenn’ Milyko announced the changes at the Adventure Cycling blog last month. The national wire services picked up the story Tuesday under the headline “Bicycle group warns riders to steer clear of North Dakota’s oil patch due to dangerous traffic.”

The non-profit has been dealing with the issue for at least four years. ….

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/27/dangerous-roads-prompt-bike-route-changes-in-north-dakota/

Dates announced for Bicycle Sunday 2012

Bicycle Sunday, Seattle’s version of ciclovia, returns again for 12 Sundays this summer from May through September.

The 2 1/2-mile course on Lake Washington Boulevard between Seward Park and Mount Baker Beach will be closed to motor vehicle traffic from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on those days.

That makes the shoreline stretch a magnet for everyone from families on bikes to road cyclists completing a loop around Lake Washington.

The number of dates offered — 12 — are fewer …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/26/dates-announced-for-bicycle-sunday-2012/

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. …

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 …

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:

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

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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.

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 ….

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 ….

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