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5 cyclists dead, 4 injured, in horrific Michigan pickup crash; 5 counts of 2nd degree murder filed against driver

The force of the crash can be seen in bicycles collected at the scene

Update: Charles Pickett Jr., 50, of Battle Creek was charged Thursday on five counts of 2nd degree murder and four counts of reckless driving causing serious impairment. MichiganLive reports he could face live in prison if convicted or the murder charges.

This is hard to take. Our hearts go out to the victims and their friends and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/06/09/5-cyclists-dead-4-injured-in-horrific-michigan-pickup-crash/

Historic Tokul Creek Trestle reopens on Snoqualmie Valley Trail

Tokul Bridge open again

The 400-foot-long Tokul Creek Trestle on the Snoqualmie Valley  Regional Trail has reopened for business.

The timber trestle, spanning a 120-foot-deep canyon since 1911, had been closed since last September when King County decided it was time to close the old railroad trestle for repairs.

Visiting bicyclists will notice that contractors replaced the cement deck panels. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/06/07/historic-tokul-creek-trestle-reopens-on-snoqualmie-valley-trail/

Trail closures on Green River Trail in Kent, East Lake Sammamish Trail

Green River Trail closure

A short piece of the Green River Trail in Kent will be closed for 4 to 5 weeks beginning Monday. Same reason as last year — continued work on the river levee.

Meanwhile, a short portion of the East Lake Sammamish Trail will be closed for 1 or 2 days to allow crews to get …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/06/04/trail-closures-on-green-river-trail-in-kent-east-lake-sammamish-trail/

Scenic stretch of Willapa Hills Trail in SE Washington state reopens

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For the first time since a dark and stormy night in 2007, bicyclists in Lewis County can ride a reasonably surfaced rail-trail from Chehalis to Pe Ell — a distance of 22 miles.

State parks officials this week essentially opened this stretch of the 56-mile Willapa Hills Trail when they signed off on a trestle …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/06/01/scenic-stretch-of-willapa-hills-trail-in-southern-washington-state-reopens/

Dope bike tour rolling down the West Coast from Seattle

Scott Pearse on a ferry

Bicycle tours are considered a “green” alternative to taking vacations by car.

Scott Pearse is taking that “green” connection a step further. He intends to visit as many examples of the marijuana culture as possible on the West Coast bike tour he’s taking for DOPE Magazine.

I know, you probably didn’t know there could be such …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/05/27/dope-bike-tour-rolling-down-the-west-coast-from-seattle/

30 bicycle-friendly camping spots in western Washington

Bike campers on John Wayne Pioneer Trail - 2012

Interactive map of bicycle-friendly camping in western Washington

Adventure Cycling Association is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Bikecentennial 76 this summer by sponsoring National Bike Travel Weekend on June 3-5.
This is supposed to be fun, so there aren’t any hard and fast rules — except you need to ride a bicycle.

The Adventure Cycling staff just wants people to get in the bike-traveling mood this summer. Camp, stay at an inn, or plop down on a couch you found …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/05/23/where-you-might-camp-for-bike-travel-weekend-june-3-5/

Another Transamerica bicycle tour — 40 years later

Terry Taylor

With the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Bikecentennial bike tour rolling out this year, a lot of people are finding ways to commemorate the event.

Terry Taylor is one of them. A life-long bicyclist since he received his first bike from his father in 1944, Terry participated in that first Transamerica bike ride in 1976.

Now, at …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/05/18/another-transamerica-bicycle-tour-40-years-later/

Ride of Silence and Bike to Work are this week

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Two nationwide bicycling events capture the attention of two-wheel enthusiasts this week.

On Wednesday, we remember those cyclists who have been injured or killed while riding a bicycle.

The Ride of Silence rolls out for its 13th year, quietly commemorating bicyclists whose joy of riding has been cut short.

Last year, there were more than 350 events …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/05/16/ride-of-silence-and-bike-to-work-are-this-week/

“We’re winning” efforts to save the John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Presentations at state parks trail meeting in Preston on Tuesday

Most people who attended the state parks department’s planning meeting in Preston earlier this week for the John Wayne Pioneer Trail couldn’t help but come away with a feeling that things are bound to get better for the eastern section of the cross-state rail-trail.

“We’re winning,” trail advocate Ted Blaszak told me after the meeting on Tuesday. “We’re saving …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/05/14/were-winning-efforts-to-save-the-john-wayne-pioneer-trail/

Now is time to ride Snoqualmie Valley Trail in eastern King County

Sign tells of temporary opening on Snoqualmie Valley Trail

You have until June if you want to ride your bicycle between Carnation and Duvall on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail.

Crews are taking a break in their job to shore up the levee that protects eastern King County’s rail-trail and State Route 203 from Snoqualmie River flooding. The trail closes again from June to August.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/05/05/now-is-time-to-ride-snoqualmie-valley-trail-in-eastern-king-county/

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