Category: Northwest Cycling

Bicycle “Ride for Silence” mourns fallen riders Wednesday night

Bicycle riders in northwest cities will join those across the US tonight for a Ride for Silence, mourning those killed or injured in accidents with motor vehicles.
I've been hearing about this year's Bike Month and Bike to Work Day for weeks. A story in this morning's Detroit Free Press was the first I've read about the Ride for Silence.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/05/18/bicycle-ride-for-silence-mourns-fallen-riders-wednesday-night/

Bicycles-only on lakeside drive in Seattle

It's OK to ride your bicycle out in the middle of the road when it's Bicycle Saturdays or Sundays on Lake Washington Boulevard in Seattle.

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The city bans cars from a 4-mile stretch of the lakeside road between Mount Baker Beach and Seward Park on occasional weekend days throughout the summer. The first closure was Sunday, although few cyclists took advantage …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/05/16/bicycles-only-on-lakeside-drive-in-seattle/

Legislators improve cycling in Washington

The Bicycle Alliance of Washington reports that three bills to improve safety and education for bicyclists in the state passed the Legislature in the recent session. They've been sent to Gov. Gregoire for her signature.
The first, HB 1108, prohibits a motorist from crossing over to the left lane to pass when a bicycle or pedestrian is visible in the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/05/06/legislators-improve-cycling-in-washington/

Seeking volunteers for trail study in Seattle

The Bicycle Alliance of Washington is seeking volunteers to help with King County's trail-user count for the Burke-Gilman trail in Seattle.Volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts at Gas Works Park on Saturday, May 21, and Tuesday, May 24. To help, go to this link — volunteer opportunities — or contact Louise McGrody directly at louisemc@bicyclealliance.org.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/05/03/seeking-volunteers-for-trail-study-in-seattle/

Downtown bike lane in Vancouver, BC

Cyclists could be riding on new bike lanes into downtown Vancouver by this fall.

Bike lanes are planned for Burrad Street and along Hornby Street, according to the CBC.CA website.

Vancouver councillor Peter Ladner is a cycling enthusiast, and hopes the construction of bike lanes will grow into a trend in Vancouver.

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The new lanes mean there will be a …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/04/21/downtown-bike-lane-in-vancouver-bc/

Bicycle education, not legislation, on Washington island

We're free to ride our bicycles on Mercer Island as we always have, as long as it's within the current laws.
The City Council has decided not to impose new restrictions on cyclists riding across the island or around its scenic loop road that overlooks Lake Washington.
Several options were on the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/04/19/bicycle-education-not-legislation-on-washington-island/

Island community seeks cycling restrictions

The turf battle for bicyclists using Mercer Island's roads and trails has made it to City Hall.

The island's councilmembers are looking for ways to deal with cyclists who use the island's narrow, winding loop road and sometimes scare pedestrians on the cross-island bike-hike trail.

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Mercer Island is both a popular destination and thoroughfare for cyclists. A narrow loop road offers scenic views …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/04/16/island-community-seeks-cycling-restrictions/

NW cycling: Register at Orting park for Daffodil Classic

Registration for this Sunday's Daffodil Classic has moved down the street in Orting (WA) from the elementary school to the City Park. Two bicycle rides also are scheduled in Oregon.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/04/14/nw-cycling-register-at-orting-park-for-daffodil-classic/

Bellevue (WA) council votes for multi-use trail, not bike lanes

Bellevue is going ahead with a plan to build a multi-use trail for bicyclists and pedestrians on West Lake Sammamish Parkway, instead of marked bike lanes for cyclists and a separate path for pedestrians.
By a vote of 5-0, the City Council directed the staff to find ways to fund the estimated $20 million project. Earlier in the meeting, a bicycling advocate had testified that Bellevue would find it difficult to compete for funds because the project didn't meet generally accepted professional standards concerning bicycle facilities.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/04/12/bellevue-wa-council-votes-for-multi-use-trail-not-bike-lanes/

Letter: Redmond opposes Bellevue's West Lake Sammamish Pkwy plan

Here is the letter detailing Redmond's objections to Bellevue's use of a multi-use trail instead of bike lanes in improvements to West Lake Sammamish Parkway:

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“Redmond does not agree that the alternative currently identified as Bellevue's staff preference should be the option selected for construction …”

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/04/08/letter-redmond-opposes-bellevues-west-lake-sammamish-pkwy-plan/