Category Archive: Northwest Cycling

Different strokes to usher in New Year

Taking the Polar Bear plunge on New Year's Day

There are lots of way to celebrate New Year’s. If at all possible, I take a ride on my bicycle to welcome the new year.

Earlier today, my new year’s ride down to Coulon Park in Renton happened to coincide with the annual Polar Bear Plunge at the park.

I heard shouting as I …

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Recharging my batteries on local bike trails

Highlands Trail in Newcastle

Twenty minutes. Research shows that’s all it takes to feel rejuvenated by being outside in nature.

Studies by the Journal of Environmental Psychology concluded: “Being outdoors was associated with greater vitality, a relation that was mediated by the presence of natural elements.” Further research at the University of Rochester concluded that “being outside in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/12/28/recharging-my-batteries-on-local-bike-trails/

Largest statewide bicycle nonprofit created in Washington state

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If you like to know who’s minding the store — in this case bicycle advocacy in the state of Washington — then you’ll want to know there’s been a change.

The Cascade Bicycle Club and Washington Bikes (formerly Bicycle Alliance of Washington) are officially joining forces on Jan. 1, 2016.

The decision to merge was …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/12/08/largest-statewide-bicycle-nonprofit-created-in-washington-state/

Citizens committee will study future of John Wayne Pioneer Trail in eastern Washington

Old railroad cut on John Wayne Pioneer Trail east of Ellensburg

An Eastern Washington state legislator is back pedaling on his scheme to close 130 miles of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail and turn it over to private landowners after a public hearing in Tekoa on Wednesday.

Republican Rep. Joe Schmick, at a public meeting with the Tekoa Trail & Trestle Association, agreed to set up …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/10/01/citizens-committee-will-study-future-of-john-wayne-pioneer-trail-in-eastern-washington/

Volunteers make improvements to John Wayne Pioneer Trail in eastern WA

Horse drawn wagon crossing rail-trail bridge near Ellensburg

The attempt by two eastern Washington state legislators to give away 130 miles of public rail-trail to adjacent private landowners is raising more public awareness to the possibilities for the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. [See “Proposed land grab threatens eastern John Wayne Pioneer Trail“]

Now a representative of the John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/09/27/volunteers-make-improvements-to-john-wayne-pioneer-trail-in-eastern-wa/

“Wording error” saved John Wayne Pioneer Trail from private takeover

Cyclists emerge from Snoqualmie Tunne;l

This is scary.

Apparently, a simple typo was the only thing that prevented two eastern Washington legislators from giving away half the length of the cross-state John Wayne Pioneer Trail to adjacent landowners. [See my post from yesterday: “Proposed land grab threatens eastern John Wayne Pioneer Trail.”]

The Associated Press reports that the last-minute provision …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/09/23/wording-error-saved-john-wayne-pioneer-trail-from-private-takeover/

Proposed “land grab” threatens eastern John Wayne Pioneer Trail

John Wayne Pioneer Trail at TrailLink.com

So this is what can happen when one of those treasured abandoned railroad corridors isn’t fully developed into a first-class rail-trail for bicycling, hiking and horseback riding.

A couple of state legislators want the state of Washington to abandon a section of the John Wayne Pioneer TrailĀ and give it to adjacent private landowners. [Update: “Wording …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/09/22/proposed-land-grab-threatens-eastern-john-wayne-pioneer-trail/

Washington state bicycle advocates joining forces?

The Cascade Bicycle Club and Washington Bikes! may merge into a single entity by the end of the year.

It would create a one-stop, statewide shop for advocacy, bike rides, and education.

The Cascade Bicycle Club’s board of directors approved a letter of intent regarding the merger last week. The Washington Bikes! board is currently …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/08/24/washington-state-bicycle-advocates-joining-forces/

Controversy delays next paving project on East Lake Sammamish Trail

Delayed section of East Lake Sammamish Trail

A dispute over how many mature trees to preserve along a section of the East Lake Sammamish Trail — and other issues — has delayed upgrading a 1.3-mile segment of the rail-trail.

The rail-trail runs between Redmond and Issaquah for 11 miles. Originally opened as a narrow, crushed rock pathway along the old railroad right-of-way …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/08/15/controversy-delays-next-paving-project-on-east-lake-sammamish-trail/

Bike trails win funding in Washington state budget; closing Foothills Trail gap

State funding will connect this inaccessible section of trail to the Foothills Trail in Pierce County

Your favorite bike trail might be in line for improvements over the next couple of years after the Washington state legislature agreed to spend $15.6 million on trails in the 2015-2017 capital budget.

The bicycle advocacy group Washington Bikes reports the amount is an “all-time high,” and almost a 50% increase over the current 2013-15 …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/07/13/bike-trails-win-funding-in-washington-state-budget-closing-foothills-trail-gap/

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