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Welcome to Bike Month; now get on your bike

WashingtonBikes.org's colorful Bike Month poster

May is National Bike Month. You know the drill.

The highlight of Bike Month is “Bike to Work Day,” celebrated in most locales on May 15. (Some places choose another day; SF Bay Area is May 14)

There’s also Bike to School Day (May 6),

Cyclofemme (May 10),

Bike to Work Week (May 11-15),

Ride …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/05/01/welcome-to-bike-month-now-get-on-your-bike/

Tale of the tape: highlights from 14 bike rides in April

Last ride of the month along the East Lake Sammamish Trail

April is “30 days of biking month,” when participants take a bike ride everyday and then take a photo or write a short piece about their ride for social media.

Well, for any number of reasons, I didn’t do that. I applaud all those who did.

I just tallied my rides at BikeJournal.com for the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/04/30/tale-of-the-tape-highlights-of-my-bike-rides-in-april/

Bikecentennial celebrates 40 years in 2016

MBC_Logo_web

It’s surprising to me that we’re closing in on the 40-year anniversary of Bikecentennial — an event that has launched hundreds of thousands of bicyclists to ride across the US.

The original Bikecentennial coincided with the nation’s Bicentennial in 1976. That first year, some 4,100 bicyclists took up the challenge to ride between Reedsport, Oregon, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/04/30/bikecentennial-celebrates-40-years-in-2016/

Proof that bicycling boosts many states’ economies

Map of bicycle economic impact studies by BikeUtah.com

Here’s a very useful graphic created by Bike Utah, which recently held its statewide Bike Summit in April.

Its message is clear, Bicycling Means Business.

It makes one wonder why states aren’t doing everything in their power to promote bicycling. Not only is it a healthy recreational pursuit for residents, but it adds to the bottom …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/04/23/proof-that-bicycling-boosts-many-states-economies/

Trek recalls nearly 1 million bikes with front disc brakes for faulty quick-releases

Quick release lever caught in disc brake

Bike maker Trek is recalling quick-release levers that, when not secured, can get tangled in front disc brakes.

The faulty quick-release lever design has caused at least three injury accidents. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that one accident victim is now a quadriplegic.

The Waterloo, Wisc.-based bike maker urges anyone who owns a bike …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/04/21/trek-recalls-nearly-1-million-quick-release-levers-on-bikes-with-front-disk-brakes/

Pierce County’s Foothills Trail featured in Rails to Trails Magazine

Foothills Trail featured in Rails-to-Trail magazine

The magazine published by the nonprofit Rails-to-Trails Conservancy features this month one of the most scenic rail-trails for bicycling in western Washington — the Foothills Trail in Pierce County.

I know this because I wrote the article. You can read Destination Washington: Following the Foothills Trail at the link.

The “destination” article is a regular …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/04/16/pierce-countys-foothills-trail-featured-in-rails-to-trails-magazine/

Vertical bicycle hooks recalled

Bike hanging from Husky bike hook

If you bought a vertical bike hook from Home Depot to hang your bicycle in your garage, then you should remove your ride from it immediately.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall of 105,000 Husky Securelock Vertical Bike Hooks that are used in conjunction with the Husky Trackwall storage system. The items …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/04/16/vertical-bicycle-hooks-recalled/

Big set back for connecting bike trails in King and Snohomish counties

Proposed rail-trail connection between Woodinville and Snohomish

Negotiations to use a 12-mile stretch of the Eastside Rail Corridor to connect the towns of Woodinville and Snohomish by rail-trail have been put on hold.

The breakdown in the talks between Snohomish County and the Port of Seattle dashes immediate hopes of expanding a regional rail-trail network that would enable bicyclists to ride from Seattle …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/04/15/big-set-back-for-connecting-bike-trails-in-king-and-snohomish-counties/

Two states add 3-foot bicycle-passing laws to the books: now it’s the law in 26 states

The state legislatures in Wyoming and South Dakota passed laws this year that require motorists to give bicyclists at least three feet of space when passing. The governors have signed those laws and they’ll go into effect later in 2015.

The success in those states will bring to 26 the number of states (and the District …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/04/14/two-states-add-3-foot-bicycle-passing-laws-to-the-books/

Another closure for bicyclists on Green River Trail in Kent

A cyclist passes trees blossoming trees at Neely Soames Homestead

A levee restoration project in Kent, WA, will keep a short section of the Green River Trail closed until June. There are at least two detours around the work that bicyclists can use.

The closed trail section is between Russell Road in the north and Meeker Street in the south. Essentially that’s adjacent to the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/04/05/another-closure-on-green-river-trail-in-kent/

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