Category: Bicycle Advocacy

15 more communities considered “bicycle friendly”

The League of American Bicyclists has added 15 more communities to its list of Bicycle Friendly Communities.

The 15 are among a list of 61 towns and cities in 27 states honored by the League in this week’s announcement. The others either renewed their status on the Bicycle Friendly list or improved their standings on …

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Calendars feature Washington bicycle trails on covers

If you’re looking for a bicycling themed calendar to help keep track of your busy days as your roll through 2019, consider two that feature Washington rail-trails on their covers.

The calendar I’m most excited about is published by Rails to Trails Conservancy, featuring a photo I took last fall on the Snoqualmie Valley Regional …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2018/12/05/calendars-feature-washington-bicycle-trails-on-covers/

In case you forgot: Friday is Bike to Work Day, but you can bike everywhere

Here’s a reminder that May is National Bike Month.

We’ve already had Bike to School Day on May 9, and Cyclofemme this past Mother’s Day on May 13.

This week is Bike to Work Week, and Friday is Bike to Work Day in most cities. In Seattle, the Cascade Bicycle Club calls it Bike …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2018/05/17/in-case-you-forgot-friday-is-bike-to-work-day-but-you-can-bike-everywhere/

Man who struck and killed 5 bicyclists found guilty of second-degree murder

A Michigan jury returned a guilty verdict on Tuesday against the driver who two years ago plowed into a group of bicyclists — killing five and seriously injuring four.

Charles Pickett Jr., 52, of Battle Creek was found guilty of five counts of second-degree murder, five counts of operating while intoxicated causing death, and four counts …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2018/05/02/man-who-struck-and-killed-5-bicyclists-found-guilty-of-second-degree-murder/

Protect bicyclists and pedestrians by prohibiting blind self-driving vehicles from the streets

Now that bicyclists and pedestrians in Tempe, Arizona, have learned they’re part of a failed lab experiment, perhaps it is time to restrict testing of self-driving cars on city streets.

Tempe Police Vehicular Crimes Unit is actively investigating the details of this incident that occurred on March 18th. We will provide updated information …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2018/03/22/protect-bicyclists-and-pedestrians-by-prohibiting-blind-self-driving-vehicles-from-the-streets/

Gun maker’s cycling products are targets of boycott

Bicycling advocates are calling for a boycott of popular Bell, Giro, Blackburn,  CamelBak, and CoPilot products after discovering that they’re made by the same company — Vista Outdoor — that also makes assault rifles and ammunition. At least one retailer, MEC of Canada, has announced it would stop selling Vista products.

The Utah-based Vista Outdoor …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2018/03/01/gun-makers-cycling-products-are-targets-of-boycott/

Newest section of East Lake Sammamish Trail reopens Wednesday

Crews worked frantically on Tuesday to finish up odds and ends for King County’s “grand reopening” of a 1.2-mile segment of the East Lake Sammamish Trail at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Finishing touches to trail plaza at newly reopened section of East Lake Sammamish Trail[/caption]

The section — roughly between SE 33rd St. and SE 43rd Way in Sammamish — is the penultimate section of the 11-mile trail between Redmond and Issaquah to be upgraded from crushed gravel to pavement.

The extensive work during the year-long closure will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the new Trail Plaza at SE 33rd St. ….

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2018/01/17/newest-section-of-east-lake-sammamish-trail-reopens-wednesday/

Say goodbye to bicycle commuter tax benefit; thanks GOP

In the rush to give huge tax cuts to corporations, the Senate and House conference committee has removed a small tax benefit for those who regularly commute by bicycle.

Passed in 2008, the Bicycle Commuter Act enabled any employer to provide a reimbursement of up to $20 per month for expenses incurred by an employee …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2017/12/18/say-goodbye-to-bicycle-commuter-tax-benefit-thanks-gop/

Hit and run suspect in charity bike ride arrested in California

A man who swerved into a group of bicyclists on a charity bike ride in Marin County this weekend and fled found himself in police custody less than 12 hours later.

Four cyclists participating in the Jensie Gran Fondo charity ride were struck by the man when he swerved into the group; 1 was airlifted to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2017/10/09/hit-and-run-driver-who-swerved-into-charity-cyclists-arrested-in-california/

How bicycle travelers can pitch their tents at full WA state park campgrounds

One of the common worries of bicycle travel involves pulling into a state campground late in the day and finding out that all the campsites are taken.

The prospect of heading out on a dark road or stealth camping in the woods looms ahead.

A policy update by the Washington State Parks assures this won’t …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2017/06/13/how-bicycle-travelers-can-pitch-their-tents-at-full-wa-state-park-campgrounds/