Category Archive: Bike travel

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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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/

Bicyclists follow Waterfront Trail across Ontario; spending as they go

Ontario's Waterfront Trail (click for detail)

This surely isn’t the first time you’ve heard this, but it certainly bears repeating: Creating long-distance bicycle routes and trails draws travelers on two wheels who spend money.

Twenty-seven Canadian communities will learn that this summer when a new, 370-mile section Ontario’s Waterfront Trail will be opened along the north shore of Lake Erie.

Coming in the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/06/11/bicyclists-follow-waterfront-trail-through-canada-spending-as-they-go/

More miles added to U.S. Bicycle Route System

U.S. Bicycle Route System

The U.S. Bicycle Route System continues to get longer.

The addition of three new routes in Minnesota, Missouri and Kentucky means the bicycle network now covers 5,612 miles in 10 states.

A special committee of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has approved the numbering of US Bicycle Route 45 in Minnesota, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/05/10/more-miles-added-to-u-s-bicycle-route-system/

Choosing a glorious day to launch a bicycle tour

Wendell Poole III

What better day to start your bicycle travels than a sparkling clear spring day in April.

That’s how it worked out for Wendell Poole III, whom I happened upon while completing a Green River Trail-Interurban Trail loop in Kent on Thursday.

As I headed north and the temperature pushed toward 70 degrees early in the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/04/26/choosing-a-glorious-day-to-launch-a-bicycle-tour/

North Cascades Highway due to open this week; slated for future US Bicycle Route

An annual rite of spring is the reopening of the North Cascades Highway in April or early May after snow plow crews complete the task of scraping the road to bare pavement.

That not only opens a 40-mile stretch of Highway 20 in northern Washington state to car traffic, but it also marks the reopening of a remarkably scenic link of Adventure Cycling Association’s Northern Tier and Washington State Parks bicycle routes to touring bicyclists.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is shooting for a 1 p.m. Tuesday reopening of the highway, unless this past weekend’s spring snows …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/04/15/north-cascades-highway-due-to-open-this-week-slated-for-future-us-bicycle-route/

Adventure Cycling awards “Oscars” for bike touring videos

After being impressed with the winning images in the Adventure Cycling Association’s bike touring photography contests in recent years, I was really looking forward to the results of its Bike Travel Video Contest.
The winning videos announced recently in each of three categories did not disappoint. Each one is entertaining, brief, and should leave viewers with one common thought — traveling by bicycle is fun.
In my opinion, the succinctly named “Northern Europe by Bike” is the best of the best. The film by Stefan Böhm of Germany  …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/04/07/adventure-cycling-awards-oscars-for-bike-touring-videos/

EuroVelo network connects European countries with bicycle routes

14 bicycle routes in the EuroVelo network

If you’ve ever dreamed of taking an extended bicycle tour on your own through Europe — and who hasn’t — there’s a website now that can show you the way.

The EuroVelo.com website maps out 14 long-distance bicycle routes that link up cities in more than 40 countries in Europe.

When complete, the network will …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/03/19/eurovelo-network-links-european-countries-with-bicycle-routes/

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