Category Archive: Bike trails

John Wayne Pioneer Trail supporters head to Olympia; seek more trail funding and end to permits

John Wayne Pioneer Trail website

Supporters of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail should probably thank the two state legislators who mounted a muddled attempt last year to give away one-third of the 253-mile-long rail-trail in eastern Washington to adjacent landowners.

The ploy, spoiled by a simple typo in a state budget item, galvanized trail advocates into action after a series …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/01/25/john-wayne-pioneer-trail-supporters-head-to-olympia-seek-more-trail-funding-and-end-to-permits/

Grant boosts bicycle tourism in WA town; more People for Bikes awards given

The rail-trail along Similkameen River near Oroville.

A town in the scenic Okanogan region of northern Washington state is banking on bicycle tourism to improve the local economy.

The People for Bikes nonprofit granted $1,250 to the Borderlands Historical Society in Oroville to make improvements that will cater to bicycling visitors.

The grant will help pay for installation of a bicycle repair …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/01/18/grant-boosts-bicycle-tourism-in-wa-town-more-people-for-bikes-awards-given/

Highway 520 bike trail opens in April; big bike ride planned

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Get ready to pop the corks on your water bottles in celebration. The bike trail on the soon-to-be-completed Highway 520 floating bridge across Lake Washington is set to open in April.

A grand opening ceremony for the 1.5-mile-long floating bridge on the weekend of April 2 and 3 includes a bike ride and a footrace …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/01/12/highway-520-bike-trail-opens-in-april-big-bike-ride-planned/

Another small step to create trail on Eastside Rail Corridor

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A full year after Kirkland opened a six-mile bicycling trail on its section of the Eastside Rail Corridor, King County held a ceremony on Friday to remove some railroad spikes on its 12-mile share of the old rail corridor.

The real work of removing the rails won’t begin until early 2017, another year down the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/01/08/another-small-step-to-create-trail-on-eastside-rail-corridor/

Recharging my batteries on local bike trails

Highlands Trail in Newcastle

Twenty minutes. Research shows that’s all it takes to feel rejuvenated by being outside in nature.

Studies by the Journal of Environmental Psychology concluded: “Being outdoors was associated with greater vitality, a relation that was mediated by the presence of natural elements.” Further research at the University of Rochester concluded that “being outside in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/12/28/recharging-my-batteries-on-local-bike-trails/

Plans moving ahead to close gap on Olympic Peninsula Trail

Olympic Discovery Trail bridge over the Elwha River

The goal of connecting Port Townsend with the rest of the Olympic Discovery Trail got a major boost last month when Jefferson County leaders voted to study the feasibility of possible trail routes linking the city to the rest of the trail.

The Olympic Discovery Trail is envisioned as a 126-mile-long bicycle trail along the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/12/06/plans-moving-ahead-to-close-gap-on-olympic-peninsula-trail/

Replacement bridges opened on Willapa Hills Trail in southwest WA state

A new bridge over Chehalis River, courtesy Discover Lewis County

Eight years after a destructive storm washed out two major bridges on southwestern Washington’s Willapa Hills Trail, Lewis County says those two bridges have been replaced and opened this week. [See map below]

Discover Lewis County reports:

“A major milestone in construction on the Willapa Hills Trail will connect more than a dozen miles of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/12/04/replacement-bridges-opened-on-willapa-hills-trail-in-southwest-wa-state/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/11/30/rails-to-trails-expands-annual-sojourn-bike-tours-program/

Eastern WA towns line up behind John Wayne Pioneer Trail; final meeting tonight

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Four Eastern Washington towns have issued proclamations supporting the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, as the third and final public hearing on the fate of the rail-trail takes place in Ellensburg tonight.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Hal Holmes Center, 209 N. Ruby St., Ellensburg. [More details at the Tekoa Trail & …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/11/23/eastern-wa-towns-line-up-behind-john-wayne-pioneer-trail-final-meeting-tonight/

Support builds for saving and improving John Wayne Pioneer Trail

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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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/11/14/support-builds-for-saving-and-improving-john-wayne-pioneer-trail/

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