Wildfires cancel California bike ride

Willow Fire is one of three in the vicinity of bike ride

Organizers have cancelled the upcoming 2015 Grizzly Century in the Sierra National Forest east of Merced, CA, because of a series of wildfires there this summer.

The North Fork Sierra Vista Scenic Byway Association announced their decision this week as crews contained the latest flare-up, the 5,000 acre Willow Fire.

Making the announcement, Doug Waltner …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/08/26/wildfires-cancel-california-bike-ride/

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/

Breezer recalls “Downtown”-style bicycles

One style of Breezer bikes in recall

Advanced Sports International is recalling 1,700 Breezer Downtown bicycles after receiving a dozen reports of pedals disconnecting from the spindles.

Owners are urged to stop riding the bicycles because the dropped pedal can lead to a fall and injury. The pedals can be replaced for free at an authorized Breezer dealer.

The bikes, made in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/08/13/breezer-recalls-downtown-style-bicycles/

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/

STP bicycle classic hits the road to Portland

2015 STP cyclists on Rainier Avenue in Seattle

More than 10,000 human-powered propulsion fanatics took off from Seattle this morning for a one- or two-day bike ride to Portland — 206 miles away.

The 36th annual Seattle to Portland (STP) bicycle classic presented by the Cascade Bicycle Club is the largest bike ride in the Pacific Northwest. Last year it drew participants from …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/07/11/stp-bicycle-classic-hits-the-road-to-portland/

Bridge closure on Snoqualmie Valley Trail in July

A flight of steps leads from Reinig Road to the trail across the Meadowbrook Bridge

The old Meadowbrook Bridge on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail will be closed later this month to allow work crews to replace some rotten portions.

King County Parks said the bridge will be closed from July 20 – 31. Intermittent closures might be necessary ahead of time so the crews can set up for the project.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/07/09/bridge-closure-on-snoqualmie-valley-trail-in-july/

How to enforce 3-foot passing safety laws to protect bicyclists

Device measures distance to passing cars

Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia require that motorists give bicyclists at least 3 feet of space when they pass.

It’s the law.

But one of the big hurdles bike advocates face in pushing for passage of such legislation is enforcement. In state after state, police and legislators say that the 3-foot law is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/07/05/how-to-enforce-3-foot-passing-safety-laws-to-protect-bicyclists/

East Lake Sammamish Trail fully reopens for Fourth of July weekend

Lake views from newly opened trail section

After more than a year, the entire 11-mile-long East Lake Sammamish bicycle trail will be open beginning on Friday.

A 2.6-mile section of the rail-trail that links Redmond with Issaquah along the scenic shores of Lake Sammamish has been closed since April 2014 when a grading, paving and landscaping job started.

Contractors finished enough of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/07/02/east-lake-sammamish-trail-fully-reopens-for-fourth-of-july-weekend/

Mountains to Sound Greenway offers a bike tour on John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Bicyclists emerge from the tunnel

If you’ve been thinking about a multi-day bike ride along the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trek might be just for you.

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a hike/bike adventure next month through the 100 miles of forests, farms, parks, and communities that it …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/06/26/mountains-to-sound-greenway-offers-a-bike-tour-on-john-wayne-pioneer-trail/

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