Category: Bike trails

The West's Top 10 City Bike Rides

A few days ago I mentioned that the Seattle Burke-Gilman Trail had been named among the West's Top 10 City Bike Rides by Sunset Magazine. What are the other 9, you ask?

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Leading the list is the Paseo Del Bosque Trail, left, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The 16-mile bike path, which runs along the Rio Grande, has no street crossings along its entire length. It also has no water or restrooms. The flat trail passes beneath the busy highways and is a good place to see coyote, road runners and migrating waterfowl. …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/09/30/the-wests-top-10-city-bike-rides/

A snowy Mickelson Trail Trek in South Dakota

How's this for a way to finish a three-day bike tour in mid-September?

Snow greeted the 435 cyclists on the final day of the 109-mile Mickelson Trail Trek last weekend, reminding them that the Black Hills of South Dakota can offer blustery weather while the rest of us are enjoying late summer temperatures.

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This was the 9th year for the bicycle tour that uses the 114-mile George S. Mickelson Trail that runs between Edgemont and Deadwood in southwestern South Dakota. …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/09/22/a-snowy-mickelson-trail-trek-in-south-dakota/

New York City announces extensive bicycle network

The Big Apple has announced big plans for a bicycle network that encompasses the addition of 200 miles of new on-street bicycle lanes, routes and pathways in the next three years.

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The idea is to improve the health and safety of New Yorkers. The announcement, made by the city's directors of transportation, health, parks and police, cites the deaths of 225 cyclists on city streets in the past decade, as well as chronic health problems of the city's denizens. …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/09/13/new-york-city-announces-extensive-bicycle-network/

Longest bike-hike bridge to span Arkansas River

The Murray Lock and Dam Bicycle Pedestrian Bridge — also known as the Big Dam Bridge — opens in Little Rock, Arkansas, this fall as the nation's longest bridge built for such use.

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The 3,463-foot bridge links 25 miles of bike-hike trails in the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock, as well as connecting two recreation areas — Murray Park and Cooks Landing. …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/07/02/longest-bike-hike-bridge-to-span-arkansas-river/

Follow that dream — and bike trail

Forty-five bike trails in 36 months. That's the goal for New Orleans bicyclist Larry Lagarde.

Lagarde plans to ride these bicycle trails, review them and tell about his adventures at his website RideThisBike.com.

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Right now, Lagarde has links to more than 40 bike trails worldwide at his website. His personal bike tour will enable him to add his own perspective on the bike trails and routes. …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/06/27/follow-that-dream-and-bike-trail/

Great Divide mountain bike race — like an off-road RAAM

Now that the last of the Race Across America cyclists have straggled across the finish line in Atlantic City, mountain bikers are leaving Roosville, Montana, for the Great Divide Race at noon Friday.

While the RAAM racers gain our admiration by cycling 3,042 miles cross-country in 9 or 10 days, consider what the Great Divide racers try to accomplish:

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With no support or team members, the mountain bikers race from the Canadian to the Mexican border. They cross 2,490 miles of mountain terrain carrying their own gear for cooking, camping and bike repair. The route comprises 200,000 feet of climbing. …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/06/23/great-divide-mountain-bike-race-like-an-off-road-raam/

Bicycling the Natchez Trace

Back in the early '80s I took a solo bicycle tour down a portion of the Natchez Trace in Tennessee down into Alabama. I didn't keep a journal on my down-and-back bike tour, but I have a few vivid memories:

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— Singing to myself as I pedaled along a little-used two-lane road through beautiful rolling countryside …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/06/05/bicycling-the-natchez-trace/

Bicycling the Erie Canal; pave it and they will come

The Erie Canal in New York state may have been known as Clinton's Folly when it opened in 1825, but the canalway has turned into a boon for cyclists and those who cater to them.

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Nearly 250 miles of canal route towpaths between Buffalo and Albany has been paved for cyclists, who spend between $100 to $300 a day during their visits, according to the state Canal Corporation. …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/05/15/bicycling-the-erie-canal-pave-it-and-they-will-come/

Cycling Chicago's windy waterfront

Would you consider Chicago's breezy waterfront a good place to bicycle?

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Maybe not. But a bike ride along the path adjacent to Lake Michigan takes cyclists past many of the city's popular tourist sites. …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/05/01/cycling-chicagos-windy-waterfront/

Do you often forget anniversaries?

You won't want to forget this one. Thirty years ago marked the first of the TransAmerican bicycle tours that coincided with the celebrations surrounding the Bicentennial year.

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This summer the Adventure Cycling Association is throwing birthday bashes in several cities to celebrate the year that 4,100 cyclists took to the road to prove that two wheels are better than four. …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/05/01/do-you-often-forget-anniversaries/