Category: Northwest Cycling

Tour de Peaks cancels for 2016

An annual bicycle tour that focused cyclist’s attention on the scenic Snoqualmie Valley since the 1990s is going on hiatus for a year.

The organizers of the North Bend-based Tour de Peaks are cancelling the 27th edition of the bike ride in 2016.

In a message on the ride’s Facebook page, the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of …

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Emerald City Bike Ride provides bikes-only tour of new bridge

Seattle’s new floating bridge across Lake Washington had its grand opening this weekend, and some 7,000 bicycle riders joined the party in the inaugural Emerald City Bike Ride on Sunday.

The Cascade Bicycle Club presented the bike ride, which also featured a trip through downtown Seattle on the closed-for-the-morning Interstate 5 express lanes. It was …

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Didn’t register for Emerald City bike ride? You can still ride onto the new floating bridge from the Eastside

There’s going to be a big party for bicyclists and pedestrians on the new Evergreen SR 520 Bridge across Lake Washington all weekend.

Early Saturday, nearly 10,000 people are expected for a fun run and walk onto the State Route 520 bridge starting at Husky Stadium. A ribbon-cutting is planned at 10:30 and Guinness Book …

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Petition supports using rail bed for Eastside Rail Corridor bike trail

Except for an occasional bird-watcher or coyote on the tracks, things outwardly might seem quiet on the Eastside Rail Corridor that runs north from Renton.

Things are happening behind the scenes, however.

Advocates are pushing a petition that supports the “on rail-bed” option in the Eastside Regional Trail draft master plan that covers 16.7 miles …

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John Wayne Pioneer Trail supporters head to Olympia; seek more trail funding and end to permits

Supporters of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail should probably thank the two state legislators who mounted a muddled attempt last year to give away one-third of the 253-mile-long rail-trail in eastern Washington to adjacent landowners.

The ploy, spoiled by a simple typo in a state budget item, galvanized trail advocates into action after a series …

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Grant boosts bicycle tourism in WA town; more People for Bikes awards given

A town in the scenic Okanogan region of northern Washington state is banking on bicycle tourism to improve the local economy.

The People for Bikes nonprofit granted $1,250 to the Borderlands Historical Society in Oroville to make improvements that will cater to bicycling visitors.

The grant will help pay for installation of a bicycle repair …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/01/18/grant-boosts-bicycle-tourism-in-wa-town-more-people-for-bikes-awards-given/

Highway 520 bike trail opens in April; big bike ride planned

[Update: April 25 — The bridge bike path set to open in middle to late May ] Get ready to pop the corks on your water bottles in celebration. The bike trail on the soon-to-be-completed Highway 520 floating bridge across Lake Washington is set to open in April.

A grand opening ceremony for the 1.5-mile-long …

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Another small step to create trail on Eastside Rail Corridor

A full year after Kirkland opened a six-mile bicycling trail on its section of the Eastside Rail Corridor, King County held a ceremony on Friday to remove some railroad spikes on its 12-mile share of the old rail corridor.

The real work of removing the rails won’t begin until early 2017, another year down the …

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R.I.P. Len Francies, mountain biker; services announced

Mountain biking trails in the Pacific Northwest lost a friend and supporter this past weekend when Len Francies died while riding on New Year’s Day with a friend on Grand Ridge, a forest near Issaquah.

As reported by Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance:

“After a life of enthusiasm and boundless energy for riding, trail building, and …

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Different strokes to usher in New Year

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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