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Bicycling to Mount Rainier and the road to Ipsut Creek

[Update: I just read a good piece about the bicycle riding opportunities at Mount Rainier National Park at the Washington Bikes blog -- Biking at Mount Rainier. Here's a bike trip a friend and I took about four years ago from Bellevue to the Isput Campground at the national park...]

Aug. 8, 2010 — My bicycling buddy Kazuki and I are shown celebrating the exhilarating experience of crossing the soaring bridge over the Carbon River gorge on the way to Mount Rainier National Park ….

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/30/bicycling-to-mount-rainier-and-the-road-to-ipsut-creek/

Seattle joins bike share movement next month

Bike-share station on N. 9th St., in back of 550 Westlake

The future is now for Seattle. After years of preparation, residents and commuters are seeing the first installations of bike-share stations this week.

Pronto Cycle Share is still aiming for an Oct. 13 launch date for the first public bike-share system in the Pacific Northwest.

Before long, 50 docking stations to hold some 500 bikes …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/26/seattle-joins-bike-share-movement-next-month/

Tacoma opens waterfront streets to bikes and pedestrians Sunday

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Ciclovia returns to Tacoma as seven miles of traffic-free roadway along the waterfront will be open to bicyclists and pedestrians on Sunday morning.

The city is closing down the thoroughfare between Port Defiance Park and the Tacoma Dome neighborhood for its second annual Downtown to Defiance Sunday Parkways event.

Downtown to Defiance will run from 8 a.m. to noon, when …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/25/tacoma-opens-waterfront-streets-to-bikes-and-pedestrians-sunday/

Bike quote: Why bicycle tourists are the best tourists for small towns

Young cyclist visits with a local at Methow ice cream shop

“Many (cross-country riders) stay at hotels and motels, lodges. They’re not whizzing by you with a tankful of gas. They’re stopping and buying a few things here and there. They’re there to interact with a local community instead of driving by in a car and looking out the windows.”

– Steve Jahn, member …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/25/bike-quote-why-bicycle-tourists-are-the-best-tourists-for-small-towns/

New bicycle-friendly businesses named in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington

Twenty-eight businesses in West Coast and Pacific Northwest states joined or moved up on the League of American Bicyclists’ newest list of Bicycle Friendly Businesses.

One-hundred-and-fifty new and renewing businesses in 39 states and the District of Columbia made the list this fall — the most ever. The overall list of Bicycle Friendly Businesses contains 800 …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/24/new-bicycle-friendly-businesses-in-california-idaho-oregon-and-washington/

Deaf and blind tandem cyclist ends bike tour after traffic collision

Harald Vik meets cyclists on his recent US tour. He's raising money to return at http://www.gofundme.com/dkfmbw

A deaf and blind bicyclist touring in the United States has returned to his home country of Norway to recover after being struck from behind by a motorist.

The cyclist — Harald Vik, 71 — was riding in the stoker position on a tandem bicycle when the collision occurred near Sioux Falls, Iowa South Dakota, last …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/23/deaf-and-blind-tandem-cyclist-ends-bike-tour-after-traffic-collision/

Volunteers needed for upcoming annual bike/ped count

Every bicyclist counts. That’s why it’s important to get enough volunteers out in more than 40 cities across Washington on Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 to count bike commuters.

The results help demonstrate that money for bike lanes, bike paths, and other infrastructure increases bike traffic and reduces traffic congestion and its unhealthy side-effects.

WSDOT has a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/18/volunteers-needed-for-upcoming-annual-bikeped-count/

New Sumner bike trail helps close the gap between Interurban (South) and Foothills Trails

A small bridge crosses the White River on the Sumner Link Trail

A paved bicycle trail that the city of Sumner built along the scenic White River has gone a long way toward connecting two great rail-trails — the Interurban (South) Trail in King County and the Foothills Trail in Pierce County.

The last section of the Sumner Link Trail completed this spring closed a gap in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/17/new-sumner-bike-trail-helps-close-the-gap-between-interurban-south-and-foothills-trails/

3-foot passing buffer for bicyclists becomes law in California today

If bicyclists in California feel they have a little more space when cars pass today, that’s no accident.

Give Me 3

The state of California on Tuesday became the 24th state to require motorists give bicyclists and pedestrians at least 3 feet of space when passing.

The law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last September, became effective Tuesday after more than a year of preparation. Brown had vetoed two earlier versions …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/16/3-foot-passing-buffer-for-bicyclists-goes-into-effect-in-california-today/

Have piano, will travel by bicycle; Mr. B’s Joybox Express hits the road

Musicians who travel the countryside by bicycle are rare, but not unheard of. It’s relatively easy to stash a cornet into a saddlebag or sling a banjo over one’s back.

Mr. B’s Joybox Express takes this a gigantic step forward by rolling an upright piano up on a bicycle trailer and hauling ass down the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/15/have-piano-will-travel-by-bicycle-mr-bs-joybox-express-hits-the-road/

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