Category Archive: Bike travel

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/

Arrests in rape of Swiss bicycle tourist in India; traveler warnings for women

Location of Datia district in India

Police in India say they’ve arrested six men who confessed to raping a Swiss woman who was touring the country by bicycle with her husband.

The horrific news of the rape surfaced over the weekend from a country where sexual attacks against women have been described as a “national problem” by the UN’s chief of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/03/18/arrests-in-rape-of-swiss-bicycle-tourist-in-india-traveler-warnings-for-women/

Bicycling British couple killed in Thailand

Peter Root and Mary Thompson

The around-the-world bicycling travels of a British couple ended tragically in Thailand after they were struck and killed by a  pickup truck.

Peter Root and Mary Thompson, both 34, had been traveling since July 2011 when they embarked by ferry from Guernsey, an island in the English Channel, to France to begin an around the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/02/18/bicycling-british-couple-killed-in-thailand/

Indiana embracing U.S. Bicycle Route System

U.S. Bicycle Route System

The effort to create new segments for the U.S. Bicycle Route System is gaining momentum in communities in Indiana.

Richmond, Indiana, located on the Ohio border, has approved a route for U.S. Bicycle Route 50 (USBRS 50) through the town. Volunteers elsewhere are working to gain support to take the bicycle route clear across Indiana …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/01/16/indiana-embracing-u-s-bicycle-route-system/

Explorer abandons attempt to reach South Pole by bicycle

A Boulder, Colorado, man arrived safely back in Chile this past weekend after abandoning his attempt to be the first person to ride a bicycle to the South Pole.

Eric Larson, 41, launched the solo Cycle South expedition from the Hercules Inlet on the Antarctic coast on Dec. 20 with a goal to cover the 750 miles to the South Pole by Jan. 12.

Eight days after setting off, however, Larsen said he realized that he was only making about 10 nautical miles a day, not enough to reach his destination before his supplies ran out.

Climbing, headwinds, snow drifts …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/01/09/explorer-abandons-attempt-to-reach-south-pole-by-bicycle/

American explorer attempts bicycle journey to the South Pole

Eric Larsen riding bike in Antarctica

December might not seem to be the ideal time to embark on a bicycle touring adventure, unless your destination is the South Pole where summer arrives Dec. 21.

That’s where Boulder-based adventurer Eric Larsen is headed on his 750-mile Cycle South expedition.

The 41-year-old is riding and carrying his provisions — about 100 pounds — …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2012/12/27/american-explorer-attempts-bicycle-journey-to-the-south-pole/

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