Category Archive: Northwest Cycling

Cross Kirkland Corridor bike trail officially opens Saturday

Using a Cross Kirkland Corridor bridge

The first section of rail-trail on the main stem of the old BNSF railroad corridor east of Seattle opens in Kirkland on Saturday as the city hosts a “Seahawks-style” celebration.

The official opening of the Cross Kirkland Corridor (see map) puts the city of Kirkland way ahead of its neighboring jurisdictions — King County, Bellevue, and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/01/31/cross-kirkland-corridor-bike-trail-officially-opens-saturday/

McClinchy Mile bike ride to memorialize victims of Oso landslide on March 15

Mount Pilchuck overlooks many roads in Snohomish County

An annual early season bicycle ride in Snohomish County has been renamed the McClinchy Mile Oso Strong Ride as a memorial to people and communities affected by last year’s tragic Oso landslide.

The bike ride is Sunday, March 15, 2015, and comprises 34- or 56-mile options from Arlington to Darrington and back along the Stillaguamish River.

More information: …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/01/28/mcclinchy-mile-bike-ride-to-memorialize-victims-of-oso-landslide-on-march-15/

King County expands Taylor Mountain Forest; more trails planned

Beaver pond at Taylor Mountain Forest

A mountain biking destination near the crossroads town of Hobart just got bigger with a property acquisition and plans to build more trails.

King County says it has acquired a 40-acre “inholding” at Taylor Mountain Forest, located just south of the intersection of Issaquah-Hobart Road and Route 18.

The $692,000 acquisition, located right in the middle of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/01/21/king-county-expands-taylor-mountain-forest-more-trails-planned/

Bicycling means big bucks in Washington state; ranks 4th in outdoor recreation spending

Bikers at Duthie Hill Park, devoted soley to mountain biking

A newly released economic study of outdoor recreation in Washington state finds that bicycling contributes $3.1 billion a year to the state’s economy.

That’s the fourth highest economic impact among the major outdoor pursuits listed in the study, following only Sightseeing and Nature (1), all types of Boating (2), and Hiking, Climbing, Camping (3).

And participation in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/01/20/bicycling-means-big-bucks-in-washington-state-ranks-3rd-in-outdoor-recreation-spending/

New SR 520 Eastside bike path links Lake Washington Blvd. and Evergreen Point Rd

The bike path ends at an overlook on Evergreen Point Road.

There’s a new bike route way-finding sign at the corner of Northrup Way and Lake Washington Boulevard in Bellevue.

It reads “Seattle – 7″ and points toward a bike path that heads into a tunnel and follows State Route 520.

The bike path is newly opened, but it doesn’t make it all the way to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/01/16/new-sr-520-eastside-bike-path-links-lake-washington-blvd-and-evergreen-point-rd/

Bridge completion closes gap on Chehalis-Western Trail in Lacey

New bike bridge over Pacific Avenue in Lacey

Bicyclists can ride the entire length of the 22-mile Chehalis-Western Trail in Thurston County now without mixing it up with road traffic in downtown Lacey.

The third span in the three-bridge project in Lacey was completed ahead of schedule in December.

The bridge over Pacific Avenue closed the last gap on the rail-trail that rolls from …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/01/08/bridge-completion-closes-gap-on-chehalis-western-trail-in-lacey/

Repairs to Whitehorse Trail landslide damage in Oso delayed a year

Whitehorse Trail

Rebuilding a mile-long section of rail-trail destroyed in the deadly Oso landslide last March has been delayed by a year.

[See full map and key by Centennial Trail Coalition of Snohomish County]

Snohomish County officials previously had proposed to begin reconstruction of the damaged section of the Whitehorse Trail by this summer, to encourage more bicyclists, hikers and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/12/31/repairs-to-whitehorse-trail-landslide-damage-in-oso-delayed-a-year/

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/

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