Category Archive: Bike trails

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy co-founder

Trail lovers are mourning the death earlier this month of David Burwell, co-founder of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

He succumbed to complications of acute myeloid leukemia on Feb. 1, 31 years to the day that he and co-founder Peter Harnik launched the nonprofit. He was 69.

Burwell and Harnik brought their idea of turning abandoned railroads into trails at …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2017/02/16/rails-to-trails-conservancy-co-founder/

Missouri’s Katy Trail becomes nation’s longest; Washington’s John Wayne Pioneer Trail falls to No. 2

A simple name change for a 47.5-mile trail in Missouri means the Katy Trail is now the longest rail-trail in the US. Washington’s John Wayne Pioneer Trail, which had been No. 1 for  several years, dropped to second place.

The identity change happened last Saturday as Missouri Gov. Ray Nixon dedicated a new trail running east …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/12/17/missouris-katy-trail-becomes-nations-longest-washingtons-john-wayne-pioneer-trail-falls-to-no-2/

John Wayne Pioneer Trail closed through training base this summer

If you’re planning to ride a bicycle tour the length of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail this summer, you better wrap it up before Aug. 22.

That’s when the trail through the Army’s Yakima Training Center will be closed due to construction. The dates are Aug. 22 through Oct. 1.

The rail-trail runs through the training center …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/08/03/john-wayne-pioneer-trail-closed-through-training-base-this-summer/

Snoqualmie Valley Trail section closes; Green River Trail reopens

The Snoqualmie Valley Regional Trail is closing again from July 5 to about Aug. 12 at a work site located between Carnation and Duvall.

Because the trail is located on a narrow stretch of land between the Snoqualmie River and State Route 203, there is no room for a detour.

State Route 203 lacks adequate …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/07/01/snoqualmie-valley-trail-section-closes-green-river-trail-reopens/

Willapa Hills Trail Fat Tire Ride & Festival celebrates trail upgrades

Organizers for the first-ever Willapa Hills Trail Fat Tire Ride & Festival coming up June 25 and 26 in Chehalis can breathe a sigh of relief.

For the first time in 9 years, all the old railroad trestles along the 23-mile route between Chehalis and Pe Ell  are open and ready for bicycle riding. The last …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/06/13/willapa-hills-trail-fat-tire-ride-festival-celebrates-trail-upgrades/

Historic Tokul Creek Trestle reopens on Snoqualmie Valley Trail

The 400-foot-long Tokul Creek Trestle on the Snoqualmie Valley  Regional Trail has reopened for business.

The timber trestle, spanning a 120-foot-deep canyon since 1911, had been closed since last September when King County decided it was time to close the old railroad trestle for repairs.

Visiting bicyclists will notice that contractors replaced the cement deck panels. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/06/07/historic-tokul-creek-trestle-reopens-on-snoqualmie-valley-trail/

Trail closures on Green River Trail in Kent, East Lake Sammamish Trail

A short piece of the Green River Trail in Kent will be closed for 4 to 5 weeks beginning Monday. Same reason as last year — continued work on the river levee.

Meanwhile, a short portion of the East Lake Sammamish Trail will be closed for 1 or 2 days to allow crews to get …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/06/04/trail-closures-on-green-river-trail-in-kent-east-lake-sammamish-trail/

Scenic stretch of Willapa Hills Trail in SE Washington state reopens

For the first time since a dark and stormy night in 2007, bicyclists in Lewis County can ride a reasonably surfaced rail-trail from Chehalis to Pe Ell — a distance of 22 miles.

State parks officials this week essentially opened this stretch of the 56-mile Willapa Hills Trail when they signed off on a trestle …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/06/01/scenic-stretch-of-willapa-hills-trail-in-southern-washington-state-reopens/

“We’re winning” efforts to save the John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Most people who attended the state parks department’s planning meeting in Preston earlier this week for the John Wayne Pioneer Trail couldn’t help but come away with a feeling that things are bound to get better for the eastern section of the cross-state rail-trail.

“We’re winning,” trail advocate Ted Blaszak told me after the meeting on Tuesday. “We’re saving …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/05/14/were-winning-efforts-to-save-the-john-wayne-pioneer-trail/

Now is time to ride Snoqualmie Valley Trail in eastern King County

You have until June if you want to ride your bicycle between Carnation and Duvall on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail.

Crews are taking a break in their job to shore up the levee that protects eastern King County’s rail-trail and State Route 203 from Snoqualmie River flooding. The trail closes again from June to August.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/05/05/now-is-time-to-ride-snoqualmie-valley-trail-in-eastern-king-county/

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