Category Archive: Bike Touring

Rails to Trails expands annual “sojourn” bike tours program

One of the many tunnels on the North Bend Trail in  West Virginia.

The Rails to Trails Conservancy is expanding its once-a-year “sojourn” bicycle tour program to a series of four bicycle tours in 2016.

Every year since about 2001, the nonprofit trail-builder has introduced bicyclists to one of its scenic trails on a multi-day bicycle tour in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York among others. …

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Inaugural National Bike Travel Weekend in 2016

Carter Creek primitive campground on John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Next year is shaping up to be a big one for Adventure Cycling Association as it observes the 40th anniversary of Bikecentennial, the bicentennial event in 1976 that spurred interest in long-distance bicycle travel. More than 4,000 people rode their bikes coast to coast on the TransAmerica Trail that year.

The Missoula, MT-based nonprofit is …

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Support builds for saving and improving John Wayne Pioneer Trail


About 100 people last week argued the pros and cons of closing about 130 miles of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail east of the Columbia River.

That first public meeting in Rosalia will be followed up by two others:

Lind — Noon, Monday, Nov. 16th Union Elevator Conference Room (201 S street)

Ellensburg — 6 …

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Important meetings for future of John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Photo album of John Wayne Pioneer Trail at Tekoa Trail & Trestle Association. Click for more

Would you like to see the eastern section of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail upgraded to fulfill its promise as a top-notch draw for bicycle tourists traveling across the state of Washington?

Then you’ll want to attend one of three public comment meetings scheduled this month. If you can’t give your thoughts in person, you …

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Charity bike rides earn big bucks for cancer research

Finishers at Gas Works Park, Seattle

Congratulations to the organizers and participants of this summer’s Obliteride, the charity bike ride for the Seattle-based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Organizers announced on Friday that nearly 1,200 bicyclists raised $2.65 million for cancer research during that ride in August. In its third year, the Obliteride has raised $7 million so far for the …

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2,000 more miles of U.S. Bicycle Routes added in 6 states


The U.S. Bicycle Route Network continues to grow. Now standing at 11,053 miles, it is one-fifth of the way to achieving its goal of 50,000 miles of signed bicycle routes in the U.S.

The latest growth spurt came after the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials approved 2,141 miles of new routes in …

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Santa Rosa to Seattle by bike in 1909

Vic McDaniel and Ray Francisco with their bikes  in 1909

Seattle has been a destination for the long-distance bicyclists for a long time — 106 years to be exact.

That’s how long it has been since Vic McDaniel and Ray Francisco mounted their second-hand bicycles in Santa Rosa, CA, and rode north to the 1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition in Seattle.

There was no Northern …

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Bicycle traveler gauges nation’s sentiments – 1 person at a time

Paul Fallon, as he appeared this summer in Kimball, Neb.

A 60-year-old Massachusetts author and architect is traveling across the US by bicycle to ask the question: How will we live tomorrow?

Why do the polling by bicycle? Paul E. Fallon answers that question in a recent column he submitted to the Seattle Times:

“A guy on a bike is like a woman in …

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Wildfires cancel California bike ride

Willow Fire is one of three in the vicinity of bike ride

Organizers have cancelled the upcoming 2015 Grizzly Century in the Sierra National Forest east of Merced, CA, because of a series of wildfires there this summer.

The North Fork Sierra Vista Scenic Byway Association announced their decision this week as crews contained the latest flare-up, the 5,000 acre Willow Fire.

Making the announcement, Doug Waltner …

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STP bicycle classic hits the road to Portland

2015 STP cyclists on Rainier Avenue in Seattle

More than 10,000 human-powered propulsion fanatics took off from Seattle this morning for a one- or two-day bike ride to Portland — 206 miles away.

The 36th annual Seattle to Portland (STP) bicycle classic presented by the Cascade Bicycle Club is the largest bike ride in the Pacific Northwest. Last year it drew participants from …

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