Category Archive: Bike travel

Wildfires close cross-state bicycle routes in Washington state

Carlton Complex fire closes SR 20; inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Bicyclists traveling across the state of Washington should check for road closures before they get too far along.

Numerous wildfires are burning across forestland, creating road closures and bad air quality.

The biggest fire that could effect touring bicyclists is the 238,000-acre Carlton Complex in northeastern Washington, as it lays in the midst of a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/07/20/wildfires-close-cross-state-bicycle-routes-in-washington-state/

Skyrocketing airline fees for bicycles

One style of bike box (86 inches); used also available at local bike shops

At the same time that Amtrak is improving its policies for carrying bicycles, the airlines are continuing to jack up prices on bicycles as baggage.

Washington Post says that as airlines lump extra charges on passengers, they’re going overboard on those who carry bicycles.

Many airlines now charge $150 to $200 each way to carry bicycles. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/07/06/skyrocketing-airline-fees-for-bicycles/

More roll-on, roll-off bike service coming to Amtrak

Baggage car bike race; photo by Amtrak

More options for bicycle travel are in the offing as Amtrak says it is installing baggage cars with bicycle racks on all 15 of its long-distance routes by the end of the year.

The upgrade means that bicyclists can roll their rides onto the baggage cars and hang the bikes on the vertical racks. No more …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/06/29/more-roll-on-roll-off-bike-service-coming-to-amtrak/

More than 800 miles added to U.S. Bicycle Route System

A network of signed bicycle routes designed to criss-cross the US has grown to 6,790 miles with the certification of new routes in Washington state, Massachusetts, Ohio, Illinois and the District of Columbia.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials certified the 816 miles of roadway for the U.S. Bicycle Route System at its meeting earlier this …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/06/17/more-than-800-miles-added-to-u-s-bicycle-route-system/

Washington state joins others seeking approvals for U.S. Bicycle Routes

US Bicycle Route System corridors

 

Washington state may have its first official U.S. Bicycle Route later this spring.

Washington Bikes reported that the state Department of Transportation has submitted its plans for USBR 10 to cross the northern part of the state from Anacortes to the Idaho border.

The plans go to the American Association of State Highway and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/04/18/washington-state-joins-others-seeking-approvals-for-u-s-bicycle-routes/

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/

Touring bicyclists can pump up small-town Montana economies

Overnight stops for bike travelers

Those travelers who crisscross Montana by bicycle leave a lot of money behind as they go, spending on average between $75 to $102 a day.

That according to “Analysis of Touring Cyclists,” a study by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at University of Montana in cooperation with the nonprofit Adventure Cycling Association, based …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/01/23/touring-bicyclists-pump-up-montanas-economy-study/

Bicycle Travel Video Contest observes lure of open road

If you shoot video of your bicycle tours for family and friends, you might want to consider sharing with the bicycle touring community at large.

There might be a little something in it for you.

The Adventure Cycling Association is hosting its second annual Bicycle Travel Video Contest at Vimeo….

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/01/17/bicycle-travel-video-contest-observes-lure-of-open-road/

Adventure Cycling Association lists bicycle tours for next year

Bike tour sets up in a Washington state park

It’s not even Columbus Day, but you might want to start checking around for a guided bicycle tour to take next year.

The non-profit Adventure Cycling Association on Wednesday issued its list of more than 80 guided bicycle tours in the U.S. and warned that some of its most popular trips are already booked.

The …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/10/09/adventure-cycling-association-lists-bicycle-tours-for-next-year/

May Valley Road rumble strips — they’re coming back

Rumble strips temporarily covered

May Valley Road is one of my favorite rides in King County. It links the populated Newcastle suburbs with routes to Issaquah and Hobart via a rural road that’s reminiscent of country byways I used to ride back East.

That’s why I rejoiced when I discovered recently that the rumble strips that had been milled …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/09/08/may-valley-road-rumble-strips-theyre-coming-back/

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