Category Archive: Bike trails

Supreme Court ruling deals uncertain future for rails-to-trails program

Centennial Trail at Machias in Snohomish County

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in favor of a group of Wyoming landowners on Monday in a case that could create a costly and major stumbling block for the rails-to-trails program.

The court ruled that when the federal government gave away land to private landowners under an 1875 law, and that land was later …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/03/10/supreme-court-ruling-deals-uncertain-future-for-rails-to-trail-program/

Upgrades and paving for East Lake Sammamish Trail this spring

A cyclist heads from paved to gravel section of East Lake Sammamish Trail.

The 11-mile-long East Lake Sammamish Trail that links the communities of Redmond, Sammamish and Issaquah has been undergoing a structural and cosmetic makeover during the past few years.

The abandoned BNSF Railroad right-of-way that skirts the east side of Lake Sammamish opened 8 years ago this month as a narrow, gravel pathway that rolls past …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/03/09/upgrades-and-paving-for-east-lake-sammamish-trail-this-spring/

Bicycle routes and rides along the Historic Columbia River Highway

Bicyclists on Historic Columbia Gorge Highway

Beginning in 1922, one of the most scenic motor routes in the nation was the Columbia River Highway through the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon.

It fell into disuse with the construction of interstate highways, but cyclists are finding that the historic route with its overlooks high above the river, waterfalls and tunnels is even …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/03/06/bicycle-routes-and-rides-along-the-historic-columbia-river-highway/

Adventure Cycling creates new backcountry bike routes in Idaho

Redfish Lake and Sawtooth Range from singletrack. -- photo by Adventure Cycling

After creating more than 42,000 miles of bicycle routes on paved, gravel and dirt roads, Adventure Cycling Association is taking a foray onto backcountry single track.

It’s new Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route is a two-map set of the mountains, lakes and valleys of central Idaho.

The main 518-mile loop uses pavement, gravel roads, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/02/26/adventure-cycling-creates-new-backcountry-bike-routes-in-idaho/

Making the Natchez Trace Parkway safe for cyclists

Natchez Trace Parkway

The Natchez Trace Parkway between Nashville, Tennessee, and Tupelo, Mississippi, seems like a natural route for bicyclists traveling between the country music capital and the birthplace of Elvis.

Of course there are many other reasons to travel the  444-mile route across Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. Among them is the fact that the parkway is designated …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/02/25/making-the-natchez-trace-parkway-safe-for-cyclists/

Vote for your favorite trails in Washington state

John Wayne Pioneer Trail near tunnel

 

What are your favorite trails in Washington state? Inquiring minds at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy want to know.

Actually, the nonprofit trails advocacy group has been featuring Washington trails all month long on its social media, including the RTC TrailBlog. To wrap up, they’d like our input on a “10 Best” blog post at the end …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/02/21/vote-for-your-favorite-trails-in-washington-state/

Bike trail closures coming up for King County

Cedar River Trail

Parts of the Preston-Snoqualmie and Cedar River rail-trails will be closed for short-term maintenance in the next couple of weeks.

Meanwhile, the long-term closure of East Lake Sammamish Trail between Northeast 187th Avenue and Inglewood Hill Road for paving has been delayed for the time-being.

Cedar River Trail

A Cedar River Trail trestle that crosses …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/02/16/bike-trail-closures-coming-up-for-king-county/

Washington state featured by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in February

RTC

The trailblog for the non-profit Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is featuring the state of Washington in February as “a mecca for self-propelled transport and trail development.”

It launched its coverage with the story: “Ten Great Things Happening in the State of Washington.”

It will follow up throughout the month with other aspects of Washington’s awesomeness in eight …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/02/06/washington-state-featured-by-rails-to-trails-conservancy-in-february/

Bicycling dirt and gravel roads gaining popularity

1-1/4 inch tires do fine on gravel John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Most bicyclists traditionally avoid gravel roads and paths like the plague. It can make for sketchy, tipsy riding, and the friction makes for slow going.

But as the alternative sometimes is riding a bike on busy or narrow highways, many more are discovering the new-found pleasures of a crunchy ride. Many turn to mountain bikes …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/02/03/bicycling-dirt-and-gravel-roads-gaining-popularity/

Vintage Washington map shows today’s rails-to-trail network

Dept. of Public Works map from 1928 Washington state

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a sucker for maps, especially older ones. Sometimes I think that’s one reason I like to explore by bicycle — it gives me a chance to follow those blue lines on a map at a snail’s pace.

So you can imagine my reaction when the Mountains to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/01/30/vintage-washington-map-shows-todays-rails-to-trail-network/

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