Category Archive: Bike trails

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/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/11/08/important-meetings-for-future-of-john-wayne-pioneer-trail/

Citizens committee will study future of John Wayne Pioneer Trail in eastern Washington

Old railroad cut on John Wayne Pioneer Trail east of Ellensburg

An Eastern Washington state legislator is back pedaling on his scheme to close 130 miles of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail and turn it over to private landowners after a public hearing in Tekoa on Wednesday.

Republican Rep. Joe Schmick, at a public meeting with the Tekoa Trail & Trestle Association, agreed to set up …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/10/01/citizens-committee-will-study-future-of-john-wayne-pioneer-trail-in-eastern-washington/

Volunteers make improvements to John Wayne Pioneer Trail in eastern WA

Horse drawn wagon crossing rail-trail bridge near Ellensburg

The attempt by two eastern Washington state legislators to give away 130 miles of public rail-trail to adjacent private landowners is raising more public awareness to the possibilities for the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. [See “Proposed land grab threatens eastern John Wayne Pioneer Trail“]

Now a representative of the John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/09/27/volunteers-make-improvements-to-john-wayne-pioneer-trail-in-eastern-wa/

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