Category: Bike trails
Ever get tired of waiting for government to act? David Brickley did.
That's why he took it on himself to purchase the rights to a 16-mile railroad right-of-way through King George County and launch plans for the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail as a bicycling and hiking path near Fredericksburg, Virginia.
The Rails to Trails newsletter reports on Brickley, who saw the railbed in 1999 when he worked as director of a state agency. Try as he might, however, he couldn't interest the county's board of commissioners to develop a bike-hike trail.
Fearing the tract might be chopped up …
Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/12/26/virginia-man-saves-railbed-for-use-as-bike-trail/
Virginia has printed up a bicycle touring map for the state that includes major cross-state bike routes totalling some 800 miles, as well as a half dozen or more rail-to-trail bike paths and off-road mountain biking areas.
Bicycling in Virginia is also available online in two .pdf downloads at “full map” and the reverse “trail side.”
One of the main features of the map are the two US bicycle routes that criss-cross the state. Route 1 runs north-south about from the DC suburbs, through Richmond and into southern Virginia. The east-west Route 76 essentially follows the old Bikecentennial (Trans-America) trail …
Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/12/02/bicycling-in-virginia-map/
Can you imagine riding your bicycle in the future along this corridor where these railroad tracks run today? I can.
This is a very short stretch of a 47-mile railroad right-of-way that runs north-south about two miles from my home in the growing communities just east of Seattle.
The current owner, the BNSF Railway, wants to sell the 100-foot right-of-way. A deal currently in the works calls for the Port of Seattle to buy it for $100 million to $180 million and turn it over to King County along with the funds to build a bike and hike trail on it. In return, the Port gets the King County-owned 625-acre airfield just south of Seattle.
If the land swap deal happens — we'll probably know next year — the old rail line could become the backbone for a network of existing bike trails. …
Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/11/28/how-a-rail-line-might-become-a-major-bike-trail-in-washington-state/
The University at Buffalo is urging people not to travel alone on bicycle paths in western New York after a recent homicide was linked to the so-called “bike path rapist.”
The warning was issued after police linked the late September killing of Joan Diver, 45, to the unknown man responsible for nine sexual assaults, including two homicides, against women between 1986 and 1994. …
Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/11/17/new-york-college-issues-bike-path-warning/
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy website has some cool suggestions from its staff on which rail-trails have the best fall color.
Up here in the Pacific Northwest, the big-leaf maples are blazing right now, although recent rains have knocked down a lot of leaves. Here's a scene along the Lake Washington bicycle path earlier this week.
Not all of the trails on rails-to-trails list are accessible to bicycles. And I'm sure some of their suggestions from the northern tier have played out (the piece has been up for a month; unfortunately I just noticed it this week).
The website links to fall foliage forecasts in all the states mentioned. Here are some bike trails that might still be colorful …
Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/11/09/fall-color-abounds-on-bicycle-trails/
A murder on a bike path in Georgia and an assault and separate gun-pointing incidents on an Indiana bicycle trail show the need for cyclists to consider personal safety when out for a ride.
I don't want to be an alarmist about this. Bike trails aren't dangerous places. I've stumbled across these news stories in the past couple of months, and they may represent the only incidents of violence across the thousands of miles of bike trails used by millions of people during that time period.
Even so, it's probably worth repeating some words of caution.
Update: The University at Buffalo issued a warning Nov. 17, 2006, that people shouldn't travel alone on the Ellicott Creek bike path, or pathways in western New York.
Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/11/09/staying-safe-on-remote-bicycle-trails/
Bicycle trail advocates in Wisconsin and Alabama are pushing for more funding this week to complete trails in their states.
The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin says the 40-mile Badger State Trail from Madison to the Illinois state line should lead priorities for funding, instead of that money going to highway construction projects.
In spite of a $5.8 billion transportation budget for 2005-2007, the state Legislature has cut 70 percent from the bicycle fund, leaving 92 such projects in the state unfunded …
Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/10/11/badgering-for-bike-trails-in-wisconsin-and-alabama/
I'll have to admit that I was expecting the worst when I volunteered to help chaperone a peloton of 60 middle school pupils bicycling on the Sammamish River Trail this weekend.
Clipped wheels. Face plants. Head-ons with speeding adults trying to shave seconds off their time trial records. Tangles with roller-bladers, dogs on leashes or stollers. Anything could have happened — but nothing did. …
Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/10/02/how-to-keep-60-kids-safe-on-a-bike-path/
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?
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/
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.
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/