Category Archive: Northwest Cycling

Bike commuters beat the back-up on I-90

Cyclists pass construction zone Monday morning...

Scores of bicyclists took to the Mountains-to-Sound/I-90 bike trail this morning to avoid being stuck in traffic at the Interstate 90 work zone in Bellevue.

Although no one was making a count of bike commuters, I’d estimate that bike traffic passing the kiosk at the base of the Eastern Connector bridge was equal to or greater than the …

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Wildfires close cross-state bicycle routes in Washington state

Carlton Complex fire closes SR 20; inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Bicyclists traveling across the state of Washington should check for road closures before they get too far along.

Numerous wildfires are burning across forestland, creating road closures and bad air quality.

The biggest fire that could effect touring bicyclists is the 238,000-acre Carlton Complex in northeastern Washington, as it lays in the midst of a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/07/20/wildfires-close-cross-state-bicycle-routes-in-washington-state/

Bicycling to beat this week’s I-90 closure kerfuffle; my wife takes the bike challenge

A cyclist on Mercer Slough causeway in the winter

My wife usually takes the bus to work in the South Lake Union neighborhood in Seattle, and whenever there’s the chance of a huge traffic gridlock, I usually joke, “Why don’t you bike to work?”

I used to think it was funny, but now it’s just a tired, stupid comment. She finished her last metric century …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/07/20/bicycling-to-beat-this-weeks-i-90-closure-kerfuffle-my-wife-takes-the-bike-challenge/

Happy 100th to the Snoqualmie Tunnel

Snoqualmie Tunnel 1912 - 1914

When I went overnight bike-camping on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail last week, I paid particular attention to the inscription above the west portal of the 2.3-mile long Snoqualmie Tunnel.

“Snoqualmie Tunnel — 1912 – 1914″

Looks like there’s a centennial anniversary coming up.

The unlit tunnel is at the high point of the rail-trail that runs …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/07/16/happy-100th-to-the-snoqualmie-tunnel/

Colorful mural replaces drab walls of bike trail tunnel

BGTunnel2

Art is in the eyes of the bicyclists as they pass a brightly painted mural taking shape inside the Burke-Gilman Trail tunnel in Bothell, WA.

I pedaled up there on Tuesday and saw a dozen  volunteers enjoying their task of filling in the lines drawn by local artist Kristen Ramirez.

It looks like they’re just about done with the project …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/07/15/colorful-mural-replaces-drab-walls-of-bike-trail-tunnel/

Hot cycling weather arrives just in time for the STP

Water stops every 10 to 20 miles

 

Did you want hot and dry weather for cycling?

It’s here now, as 10,000 cyclists prepare for this weekend’s 200-mile Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic. It will be as close to cycling through a furnace as you can get on this side of the Cascades.

Temperatures should be in the uppers 60s when waves of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/07/11/hot-cycling-weather-arrives-just-in-time-for-the-stp/

Cyclists made first century bike ride on penny farthings

Ten thousand cyclists are preparing for either back-to-back centuries or a 1-day double century in the Seattle-to-Portland Bicycle Classic (STP) this weekend.

The root of the event — the century bike ride — was first documented by two guys on penny farthings more than 130 years ago.

Today, most recreational bicyclists target the goal as they become …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/07/07/cyclists-made-first-century-bike-ride-on-penny-farthings/

My guidebook — Best Bike Rides Seattle — is now available

Space Needle is one bicycling destination

Back in April 2012 an editor from Falcon Guides contacted me to see if I’d be interested in writing a guidebook about the best Seattle area bike rides.

I’d be responsible for choosing 40 bike routes, writing a chapter about each ride, taking at least two photos for each ride, and producing a map and a cue sheet for each …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/07/01/my-guidebook-best-bike-rides-seattle-is-now-available/

Guided bicycle tour of John Wayne Pioneer Trail offered Saturday

Visitors to Snoqualmie Tunnel after it reopened in 2011.

If you’ve been hankering to ride through the 2.3-mile-long Snoqualmie Tunnel on your bicycle and follow-up with a 20-mile downhill ride to the trail head near Rattlesnake Lake, then this is your weekend.

The Mountains to Sound Greenway is presenting the Snoqualmie Tunnel Bike Ride on Saturday at the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. Reservations are …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/06/23/guided-bicycle-tour-of-john-wayne-pioneer-trail-offered-saturday/

Let the sun shine on Painted Cyclists at Solstice Parade on Saturday

Painted cyclists

The Painted Cyclists at this year’s Solstice Parade on Saturday might want to consider some sunscreen in the areas that aren’t slathered in red, orange or other hues.

Forecasters predict mostly sunny weather for the parade, a highlight of the annual Fremont Solstice Celebration.

Perhaps to give the sun a greater chance of making an appearance, the parade …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/06/20/let-the-sun-shine-on-painted-cyclists-at-solstice-parade-on-saturday/

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