Category Archive: Bike travel

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

US Bicycle Route System corridors (approved routes in black)

 

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/

Free e-book explains self-guided bicycle tours

Self-guided bike touring in Italy (provided by Pure Adventures)

There are many styles of bicycle touring.

At one extreme are independent cycling holidays by those who map their own routes and find camping or lodging as they go. At the other end are cushy catered affairs where sag wagons wait at the bottom of every hill and cyclists find a chocolate on their pillow …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/09/05/free-ebook-explains-self-guided-bicycle-tours/

Bicycle path opens on new Bay Bridge span in Oakland

Complete SF Bay crossing for bicycles still years away

A bicycle-pedestrian path on the newly opened east section of the Bay Bridge over San Francisco Bay opened on Tuesday, holding the promise of a cross-bay bike route in the future.

At present, however, it’s kind of a bike path to nowhere as it stops short of Yerba Buena Island in the middle of the channel because of a design snafu.

The bike path opened at noon Tuesday …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/09/03/bicycle-path-opens-on-new-bay-bridge-span-in-oakland/

Mud slides close Northern Tier bicycle route in Washington

Traveling bicyclists heading out on the Northern Tier Bicycle Route from Anacortes or nearing their final destination will find their way blocked on State Route 20 — the North Cascades Highway.

Heavy rain and hailstorms that blasted Rainy Pass over the weekend unleashed mud and rock slides across the scenic highway, forcing its closure by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/08/13/mud-slides-close-northern-tier-bicycle-route-in-washington/

State repairing 2 more tunnels on John Wayne Pioneer rail-trail; 2 others remain closed

State repairing Tunnel 49 east of Hyak

Contractors are working to repair two tunnels on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail that have been closed since 2009 when inspectors found falling debris hazards inside of them.

The two former railroad tunnels — Numbers 48 and 49 on the old Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul-Pacific Railroad, commonly known as the Milwaukee Road — are located east of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/06/13/state-repairing-2-more-tunnels-on-john-wayne-pioneer-rail-trail-2-others-still-closed/

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