Category Archive: Bike trails

Controversy delays next paving project on East Lake Sammamish Trail

Delayed section of East Lake Sammamish Trail

A dispute over how many mature trees to preserve along a section of the East Lake Sammamish Trail — and other issues — has delayed upgrading a 1.3-mile segment of the rail-trail.

The rail-trail runs between Redmond and Issaquah for 11 miles. Originally opened as a narrow, crushed rock pathway along the old railroad right-of-way …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/08/15/controversy-delays-next-paving-project-on-east-lake-sammamish-trail/

Bike trails win funding in Washington state budget; closing Foothills Trail gap

State funding will connect this inaccessible section of trail to the Foothills Trail in Pierce County

Your favorite bike trail might be in line for improvements over the next couple of years after the Washington state legislature agreed to spend $15.6 million on trails in the 2015-2017 capital budget.

The bicycle advocacy group Washington Bikes reports the amount is an “all-time high,” and almost a 50% increase over the current 2013-15 …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/07/13/bike-trails-win-funding-in-washington-state-budget-closing-foothills-trail-gap/

Bridge closure on Snoqualmie Valley Trail in July

A flight of steps leads from Reinig Road to the trail across the Meadowbrook Bridge

The old Meadowbrook Bridge on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail will be closed later this month to allow work crews to replace some rotten portions.

King County Parks said the bridge will be closed from July 20 – 31. Intermittent closures might be necessary ahead of time so the crews can set up for the project.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/07/09/bridge-closure-on-snoqualmie-valley-trail-in-july/

East Lake Sammamish Trail fully reopens for Fourth of July weekend

Lake views from newly opened trail section

After more than a year, the entire 11-mile-long East Lake Sammamish bicycle trail will be open beginning on Friday.

A 2.6-mile section of the rail-trail that links Redmond with Issaquah along the scenic shores of Lake Sammamish has been closed since April 2014 when a grading, paving and landscaping job started.

Contractors finished enough of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/07/02/east-lake-sammamish-trail-fully-reopens-for-fourth-of-july-weekend/

Burke-Gilman Trail repairs this week; bike trail updates

Snoqualmie Valley Trail closure

Summer time is the best time for road and highway repairs, and I guess that’s true for bike trails as well.

Work is currently underway on the Burke-Gilman, Green River, East Lake Sammamish and Snoqualmie Valley bike trails.

For starters, Seattle’s Department of Transportation announced that a contractor would be working on the Burke-Gilman Trail …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/06/17/burke-gilman-trail-repairs-this-week-bike-trail-updates/

Popular Snoqualmie Valley biking trail earns National Recreation Trail honor

Heading toward Cascades on Snoqualmie Valley Trail

A rail-trail that’s popular with bicyclists in eastern King County has been designated as a National Recreation Trail by the Department of Interior and National Park Service.

The 31-mile Snoqualmie Valley Trail honor was announced Thursday, along with that of the Mount Si hiking trail in North Bend and eight other trails nationwide. The trail …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/06/05/popular-snoqualmie-valley-biking-trail-earns-national-recreation-trail-honor/

Bicycle shuttle service to Snoqualmie Tunnel launches on John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Entering west portal of Snoqualmie Tunnel

A new shuttle service — Snoqualmie Tunnel Bike Shuttle — to take passengers and bicycles from Rattlesnake Lake to the summit of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Hyak begins this summer.

The shuttle will be operated by Compass Outdoor Adventures, an outdoor education outfit that’s been operating in the North Bend area since 2007.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/06/03/bicycle-shuttle-service-to-snoqualmie-tunnel-launches-on-john-wayne-pioneer-trail/

Snoqualmie Valley Trail segment closed all summer between Duvall and Carnation

Trail closure sign on Snoqualmie Valley Trail

Repairs to flood protection structures on the Snoqualmie River between Duvall and Carnation will force a closure on the popular Snoqualmie Valley Trail between now and Oct. 31.

Date of the closure is set to begin June 1, but crews already had the trail closed down today.

The work will block off-road access between Duvall …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/05/28/snoqualmie-valley-trail-segment-closed-all-summer-between-duvall-and-carnation/

New guidebook for Washington & Oregon rail-trails

Scenic but rugged section of Spruce Railroad Trail (Olympic Discovery Trail)

With 82 rail-trails in Washington state and 19 in Oregon, how can a bicyclist choose which trails to ride? More than 1,000 miles of rail-trails suitable for bicycling wind across Washington’s landscape, with some 300 miles of trails in Oregon.

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is helping to solve that problem by publishing an official guidebook for the region — …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/05/26/new-guidebook-for-washington-oregon-rail-trails/

Half-mile of Sammamish trail reopens; 2 miles still closed

East Lake Sammamish Trail construction

Don’t plan on riding your bike along the East Lake Sammamish Trail between Redmond and Issaquah anytime soon.

Two miles of the 11-mile rail-trail is still closed to travel to allow contractors to get in and finish the job that has stretched for 13 months.

King County put out a press release on Friday announcing …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/05/24/half-mile-of-sammamish-trail-reopens-2-miles-still-closed/

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