Category: Bike trails

Bike trail project funds threatened

Illinois is considering sending back federal funds to pay for the 38-mile Sangamon Valley Trail, a biking and hiking trail that connects Girard and Athens, crossing the western side of Springfield.

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It's a threat facing bike trail program nationwide, warns the League of American Bicyclists. …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/04/17/bike-trail-project-funds-threatened/

South Dyke Bike Trail in British Columbia

For bicycling, this 3.6-mile gravel trail might not give a cyclist much of an aerobic workout.

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But the description of the surroundings and trailside attractions along these British Columbia dike-top trails remind us that cycling isn't always about nudging the lactic threshold. …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/04/06/south-dyke-bike-trail-in-british-columbia/

Learning how to build trails for mountain bikes

Mountain bikers are known for eating dirt out on the course. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program is designed to interest bikers who like to dig in the dirt as well.

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The crew, sponsored by the car manufacturer and the International Mountain Bicycling Association, teaches volunteers and park service trail builders how to build trails that last, create minimal impact …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/03/24/learning-how-to-build-trails-for-mountain-bikes/

Get your cycling kicks on Route 66

Cyclists who want to taste a small slice of Americana at 12 to 14 mph might be happy to know that the League of Illinois Bicyclists and the state have published a map of Illinois' Route 66 Trail.

Roger Kramer's Favorite Cycling Tours brings us the news that the maps with north to south (Chicago to St. Louis) cue sheets are available online.

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For safety reasons, much of the 380-mile route doesn't actually use Old Route 66. You can't get many kicks if you're worried about getting run down on a busy highway. …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/03/22/get-your-cycling-kicks-on-route-66/

Donor gives $1,500-plus for first cycling rights through Pennsylvania tunnel

How much would you pay to be the first bicyclist to pedal through a newly completed tunnel on a major rail-to-trail network?

An anonymous donor has ponied up $1,576 for the honor to ride a bicycle through the soon-to-be completed Big Savage Tunnel on the Allegheny Highlands Trail in Pennsylvania. But the donor isn't making the ride; it's a gift to a cyclist who will be named at the April 8 grand opening ceremony.

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The Big Savage Tunnel is a 3,300-foot-long cut …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/03/21/donor-gives-1500-plus-for-first-cycling-rights-through-pennsylvania-tunnel/

Cycling the new East Lake Sammamish Trail near Seattle

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There's nothing like being one of the first cyclists on a new bike path to instill that pioneering spirit.

After hearing from the Cascade Bicycle Club that the 11-mile East Lake Sammamish Trail between Issaquah and Remond was set for an opening ceremony Tuesday, I thought I'd head out there early.

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I found a packed gravel trail — I'd call it a bike path but walkers and joggers were using it too — that had very few tires mark running through it. …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/03/20/cycling-the-new-east-lake-sammamish-trail-near-seattle/

Bike maps for Boca Raton

Refering to city bike maps are a sure way to reduce the stress of cyclilng out into the road war ruled by automobiles.

City bike maps usually show routes designated as safe for cyclists, and the locations of bike lanes and bike paths.

Boca Raton, Florida, is spending $37,000 to print 10,000 bike maps that show 40 miles of bike lanes and 28 miles of bike paths through the city.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/03/15/bike-maps-for-boca-raton/

One day soon — bicycle from Pittsburgh to DC on bike path

The Great Allegheny Passage sounds like something blazed for grisly pioneers in deerskin, not cyclists in spandex.
But a group of folks from everyday walks of life is creating this rail-to-trail route.
They say that as early as 2006 it will carry cyclists all the way from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Cumberland, Maryland, a distance of about 150 miles.
At Cumberland, cyclists can pick up the C&O Canal towpath, which is an ever-descending path along the Potomac River all the way to Washington DC …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/10/21/one-day-soon-bicycle-from-pittsburgh-to-dc-on-bike-path/

85,000 miles on the 34.5-mile Virginia Creeper bike trail

If all went well, and I'm sure it did, Lawrence Dye (left) chalked up career mile No. 100,000 this weekend.
The 73-year-old cyclist has logged 85,000 of those miles on the Virginia Creeper Trail, a 34.5-mile rail-to-trail crushed gravel route in southwestern Virginia, since 1990.
Let me do the math. On average, Dye has knocked out 5,600 miles a year …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/08/08/85000-miles-on-the-34-5-mile-virginia-creeper-bike-trail/