Category: Northwest Cycling

Trail to span USA nearing completion

Live celebration for Great American Rail-Trail is Wednesday

Rails to Trails Conservancy is promoting a live event this Wednesday to reveal the preferred route for the Great American Rail-Trail — an off-road trail route that will stretch 3,700 miles from Washington DC to Washington state and fulfill the dream for off-road bicycle travelers.

The …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2019/05/06/trail-to-span-usa-nearing-completion/

R.I.P. “Buzz” Grant, president of Foothills Trail

Condolences to the friends and family of Buzz Grant, president of the Foothills Rails to Trails Coalition. The 74-year-old died at his home in Puyallup last week.

Mount Rainier looms over trail

He’d been an advocate for completion of the trail for more than 30 years. The trail runs non-stop through Pierce County from eastern …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2019/04/30/r-i-p-buzz-grant-president-of-foothills-trail/

Postponed Stinky Spoke bike ride in Redmond is Saturday

A funny thing happened on the way to the first Stinky Spoke mountain bike ride scheduled on Feb. 9 by the Redmond Rotary — the weather got too stinky for a safe ride.

If you remember, the lowlands of the Pacific Northwest were blanketed under more than a foot of snow (some of which is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2019/03/03/postponed-stinky-spoke-bike-ride-in-redmond-sammamish-is-saturday/

Can you help cyclists find long-distance bike routes?

A couple of long-distance bike travelers have checked in seeking advice on bike routes for their travels this year.

Can you help?

The first is Mitchell Morrison, who is looking for a route from Portland, Oregon, to Spokane, Washington, on the opening leg of his cross-country trek this spring. His eventual destination is his home …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2019/02/10/can-you-help-cyclists-find-summer-bike-routes/

Stinky Spoke postponed due to weather

An early Pacific Northwest bike ride that ushers in the mountain biking season has been postponed from this weekend to March 9 due to predicted heavy snowfall.

The ride — Stinky Spoke — bills itself as “Good Times, Bad Weather,” but apparently the Seattle area snowfall predicted for this weekend threatened bad weather that wouldn’t …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2019/02/08/stinky-spoke-postponed-due-to-weather/

Commuters take to bikes to avoid “Seattle Squeeze”

Automatic bicycle counters on the Spokane Street Bridge below the West Seattle Bridge are showing a spike in bike traffic since the closure of the Highway 99 Viaduct last week.

The rate of bicyclists opting for two wheels to get from West Seattle to downtown has jumped to numbers equal to typical spring and fall …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2019/01/24/commuters-take-to-bikes-to-avoid-seattle-squeeze/

Calendars feature Washington bicycle trails on covers

If you’re looking for a bicycling themed calendar to help keep track of your busy days as your roll through 2019, consider two that feature Washington rail-trails on their covers.

The calendar I’m most excited about is published by Rails to Trails Conservancy, featuring a photo I took last fall on the Snoqualmie Valley Regional …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2018/12/05/calendars-feature-washington-bicycle-trails-on-covers/

Washington state’s 2019 week-long and multi-day bicycle rides

Washington state’s reputation as a rainy destination is proved false every summer and fall as blue skies greet bicyclists coming to the Evergreen State.

You’ll notice that the week-long and across-state rides below are scheduled during that sunny period.

The Cascade Bicycle Club and Adventure Cycling Association,  both nonprofits, schedule the bulk of the longer …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2018/11/27/washington-states-2019-week-long-bicycle-rides/

Bicyclists in cougar attack identified; mountain lion was “emaciated”

The man killed in Saturday’s mountain lion attack in the Cascade foothills east of North Bend has been identified as S.J. Brooks, 32, a Seattle bicycle enthusiast and advocate. His injured friend, also of Seattle, was identified as Isaac Sederbaum, 31.

The two were identified by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, according to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2018/05/21/bicyclists-in-cougar-attack-identified-mountain-lion-was-emaciated/

Cougar attacks 2 bikers in western Washington leaving 1 dead and 1 injured

Mountain bikers in the Pacific Northwest have a new concern about riding in the remote Cascade foothills after news spread that a cougar attack in the forests east of Snoqualmie and North Bend left one biker dead and another injured.

The Seattle Times reports it was only the second fatal mountain lion attack in the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2018/05/20/mountain-lion-attacks-2-mountain-bikers-in-western-washington-leaving-1-dead-and-1-injured/