Category Archive: Northwest Cycling

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/

Warning signs use radar to detect bicyclists

A flashing “Watch for Bikes” sign on State Route 150 on Lake Chelan’s north shore uses radar to detect when bicyclists are using the winding, shoulderless road.

The sign has amber beacons that begin blinking when a bicyclist passes by, warning motorists driving along Rocky Point that a bicyclist is ahead in the road.

In …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/06/17/warning-signs-use-radar-to-detect-bicyclists/

Delays on Sammamish River Trail in June

Sammamish River Trail

Two projects on the Sammamish River Trail will either cause delays or detours for bicyclists traveling between Redmond and Bothell on the 10.9-mile paved trail.

Next week

Beginning Monday, bicyclists will be asked to dismount and walk their rides around a paving project on the Sammamish River Trail.

A one-mile stretch of the trail in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/06/13/delays-on-sammamish-river-trail-in-june/

A new multi-day bike tour guide for Washington state

Bike touring guide for Washington state

It’s a simple fact that Washington state is best seen from a bicycle saddle. You don’t have to take my word for it, though.

Bike travel guide author Ellee Thalheimer and her team of intrepid bicycling explorers have proved it in a guidebook that’s available now, “Cycling Sojourner – A Guide to the Best Multi-Day Tours in Washington.”

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/06/05/a-new-multi-day-bike-tour-guide-for-washington-state/

US Bicycle Route 10 is approved for Washington state

USBR 10

Hey, bicycle travelers in Washington state. Pop the corks of your favorite rehydration beverage!

The state has won certification for US Bicycle Route 10 that stretches from Anacortes on the Puget Sound to Newport on the Idaho border.

The approval from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials means that the state Department of Transportation can, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/06/04/us-bicycle-route-10-is-approved-for-washington-state/

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