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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“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. …

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 …

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 …

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

Tour of California announces 16 teams

Organizers named the 16 teams that will compete in the 7th annual Tour of California that rolls out on May 13-20 this year.

Eight teams represent the UCI Pro Teams that compete at the most elite levels. They include RadioShack-Nissan-Trek, home to last year’s winner Chris Horner of Bend, Oregon. The team of 3-time winner Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) also will be on hand.

Four Professional Continental Teams and four Continental Teams also will attend.

It’s important to remember that this is the team announcement; the team squads will be named later.

When executive director Kristin Bachochin says in a press release that the teams “represent the most prestigious field of talent ever to compete in our race,” …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/13/tour-of-california-announces-16-teams/

Horner finishes 2nd at Tirreno-Adriatico; strong comeback

US cyclist Chris Horner’s second place finish at the week-long Tirreno-Adriatico on Tuesday must be difficult to swallow, even after his remarkable comeback from a career-threatening crash at last year’s Tour de France.

The 40-year-old RadioShack cyclist, who lives in Bend, Oregon, lost the overall lead and the championship to Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali in the final 6-mile individual time trial at San Benedetto del Tronto.

Nibali (Liquigas) had battled to within 6 seconds of Horner on Monday. …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/13/horner-finishes-2nd-at-tirreno-adriatico-strong-comeback/

Celebrate reopening of Burke Gilman Trail on Tuesday

The official grand reopening of the Burke Gilman Trail through Lake Forest Park will be celebrated on Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a bike ride.

A 2-mile section of the trail was closed between Log Boom Park and 145th Street for about 8 months. It reopened to positive reviews in mid-February.

Work crews contracted by King County widened the trail to 12 feet, improved sight lines, repaved the cracked surface and replaced a series of stop signs with yield signs.

The official reopening is scheduled for 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/12/celebrate-reopening-of-burke-gilman-trail-on-tuesday/

New Puget Sound bike ride launches in 2012

Bicyclists who want to say they’ve pedaled around the Puget Sound will have a new opportunity this year.

The American Lung Association is launching the Ride Around the Sound on Sept. 15 as a one-day charity bike ride that ends in West Seattle.

The new bike ride is not to be confused with the long-time popular RAPSody (Ride Around Puget Sound), a two-day ride that benefits the Bicycle Alliance of Washington. That’s scheduled for Aug. 25 and 26 this year.

The Lung Association’s Ride Around the Sound pledge bike ride replaces the long-running three-day Trek Tri Island bike tour …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/12/new-puget-sound-bike-ride-launches-in-2012/

2012 Seattle Bicycle Expo fits all styles of bicycling

How do you ride your bicycle: Transportation? Recreation? Competition?

The Cascade Bicycle Club made sure all types of bicycling got plenty of treatment at the 2012 Seattle Bicycle Expo this weekend.

Another aspect of two-wheeled fun greeted me on Saturday every time I walked down another aisle at the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal venue or attended another presentation at one of three stages.

For instance, BMX freestylers flying through the air, above, shared one section of the lower level with a display of nearly a dozen family and cargo bicycles designed more much less radical movement.

Kids and cargo

The Family and Cargo bike group is affiliated with Cascade. You’ll often see them at the Bicycle Sunday events at Seward Park during the summer.

Family and cargo bicycling “is exploding” in interest …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/11/2012-seattle-bicycle-expo-fits-all-styles-of-bicycling/

Wiggins wins Paris-Nice; Horner leads Tirreno-Adriatico

British cyclist Brad Wiggins won the Paris-Nicebike race in France on Sunday while American Chris Horner, left, continued to lead the Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy.

Wiggins, the Team Sky cyclist who had led the 8-stage race since the second day, dominated throughout the race …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/11/wiggins-wins-paris-nice-horner-leads-tirreno-adriatico/

US cyclists ready to pounce at two Euro bike races?

US cyclists are figuring prominently in two week-long bicycle races currently playing out on the continent — Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico.

Paris-Nice

At the Paris-Nice, Levi Leipheimer (left, Omega Pharma-Quick Step) is still within 10-seconds of the overall leader as he sits in 3rd place overall after Stage 6.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/09/us-cyclists-ready-to-pounce-at-two-euro-bike-races/