Category Archive: Bike trails

Petition supports using rail bed for Eastside Rail Corridor bike trail

Families using Cross Kirkland Corridor

Except for an occasional bird-watcher or coyote on the tracks, things outwardly might seem quiet on the Eastside Rail Corridor that runs north from Renton.

Things are happening behind the scenes, however.

Advocates are pushing a petition that supports the “on rail-bed” option in the Eastside Regional Trail draft master plan that covers 16.7 miles …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/03/29/petition-supports-using-rail-bed-for-eastside-rail-corridor-bike-trail/

Two public hearings for future of John Wayne Pioneer Trail

John Wayne Pioneer (E-W) and Columbia Plateau (NE-SW) trails

The issue of preserving and upgrading the 253-mile-long John Wayne Pioneer Trail must be rising on the radar screen of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.

After years of neglect, the abandoned railroad corridor in eastern Washington will be the subject of two public hearings in March. Here are the details as released by …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/02/17/two-public-hearings-for-future-of-john-wayne-pioneer-trail/

Proposed laws affecting Missouri bicyclists defy logic

BWorks in St. Louis shows what 15 foot flag looks like

As a reader from St. Louis suggests, “crazy season has come early to Missouri.”

At least that’s the case for one legislator, Republican Rep. Jay Houghton of Martinsburg.

It started with his HB 2046, which would require all bicycles using “lettered” county roads to display a fluorescent orange flag suspended 15 feet above the road …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/02/16/proposed-laws-affecting-missouri-bicyclists-defy-logic/

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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[Update: April 25 — The bridge bike path set to open in middle to late May ] 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 …

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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/

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