Category Archive: Northwest Cycling

Adding a little color to our bike rides

Cyclists on Lake Washington Boulevard

Lots of bicyclists hit the roads this weekend to enjoy the fall colors after a week-long deluge in the Pacific Northwest.

Last week I headed out to Preston in search of fall foliage along the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail. This weekend I found the big leaf maples turning a brilliant yellow just a couple of miles from …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/11/02/adding-a-little-color-to-our-bike-rides/

Gaining access to orphaned section of Foothills Trail in Pierce County

View from "trail to nowhere" bridge on Foothills Trail

It could be called “The Bike Trail to Nowhere.”

A 1.3-mile section of Pierce County’s scenic Foothills National Recreation Trail is paved, bridged and waiting for cyclists, hikers and horse riders. There’s just one hitch — there’s no good way to get to it.

Access from the trail in South Prairie in the west is blocked by private …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/26/gaining-access-to-orphaned-section-of-foothills-trail-in-pierce-county/

Biking out Preston-Snoqualmie Trail for some late season color

A cyclist heads down Preston-Snoqualmie Trail

With a break in the rain, I rode my bike out the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail on Friday to enjoy the fall colors.

Unfortunately, I discovered that my timing was a little off. Many of the trees were already bare and their moss-covered limbs exposed for all to see.

Although the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail is paved, the wet leaves …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/25/biking-out-preston-snoqualmie-trail-for-some-late-season-color/

Seattle’s Pronto Cycle Share rolls out

Bikes awaiting riders at Cal Anderson Park

Organizers for Seattle Pronto Cycle Share couldn’t have asked for a better autumn day for the official roll-out of its 500-bike system on Monday.

It’s the type of day that just begs for a bike ride. [Not so much beginning tonight, as rain and winds will blow in for the rest of the week].

The …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/13/seattles-pronto-cycle-share-rolls-out-283-use-system-in-first-hour/

Seattle bike share goes live Monday afternoon

Pronto bikes in warehouse - photo by Pronto

Seattle’s Pronto Cycle Share system will be ready to roll by Monday afternoon with 500 bicycles available at 50 stations scattered between the International District and University of Washington.

To mark Seattle’s entrance into the bike-share generation, five group rides to deliver some of the Pronto bikes to their destinations will get underway at noon.

Pronto members …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/12/seattle-bike-share-goes-live-monday-afternoon/

Bicycling detours on rail-trail near Chehalis to continue at least another year

Many old railroad bridges cross the Willapa Hills Trail.

Two sections of a southwestern Washington rail-trail that suffered bridge wash-outs in 2007 will remain closed for at least another year.

The two bridge replacement projects on the 56-mile-long Willapa Hills Trail were scheduled for completion this fall. Although work had started at the two sites in Lewis County, the contracts will have to be bid …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/02/bicycling-detours-on-rail-trail-near-chehalis-to-continue-at-least-another-year/

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/

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/

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