Proof that bicycling boosts many states’ economies

Map of bicycle economic impact studies by BikeUtah.com

Here’s a very useful graphic created by Bike Utah, which recently held its statewide Bike Summit in April.

Its message is clear, Bicycling Means Business.

It makes one wonder why states aren’t doing everything in their power to promote bicycling. Not only is it a healthy recreational pursuit for residents, but it adds to the bottom …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/04/23/proof-that-bicycling-boosts-many-states-economies/

Trek recalls nearly 1 million bikes with front disc brakes for faulty quick-releases

Quick release lever caught in disc brake

Bike maker Trek is recalling quick-release levers that, when not secured, can get tangled in front disc brakes.

The faulty quick-release lever design has caused at least three injury accidents. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that one accident victim is now a quadriplegic.

The Waterloo, Wisc.-based bike maker urges anyone who owns a bike …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/04/21/trek-recalls-nearly-1-million-quick-release-levers-on-bikes-with-front-disk-brakes/

Pierce County’s Foothills Trail featured in Rails to Trails Magazine

Foothills Trail featured in Rails-to-Trail magazine

The magazine published by the nonprofit Rails-to-Trails Conservancy features this month one of the most scenic rail-trails for bicycling in western Washington — the Foothills Trail in Pierce County.

I know this because I wrote the article. You can read Destination Washington: Following the Foothills Trail at the link.

The “destination” article is a regular …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/04/16/pierce-countys-foothills-trail-featured-in-rails-to-trails-magazine/

Vertical bicycle hooks recalled

Bike hanging from Husky bike hook

If you bought a vertical bike hook from Home Depot to hang your bicycle in your garage, then you should remove your ride from it immediately.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall of 105,000 Husky Securelock Vertical Bike Hooks that are used in conjunction with the Husky Trackwall storage system. The items …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/04/16/vertical-bicycle-hooks-recalled/

Big set back for connecting bike trails in King and Snohomish counties

Proposed rail-trail connection between Woodinville and Snohomish

Negotiations to use a 12-mile stretch of the Eastside Rail Corridor to connect the towns of Woodinville and Snohomish by rail-trail have been put on hold.

The breakdown in the talks between Snohomish County and the Port of Seattle dashes immediate hopes of expanding a regional rail-trail network that would enable bicyclists to ride from Seattle …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/04/15/big-set-back-for-connecting-bike-trails-in-king-and-snohomish-counties/

Two states add 3-foot bicycle-passing laws to the books: now it’s the law in 26 states

The state legislatures in Wyoming and South Dakota passed laws this year that require motorists to give bicyclists at least three feet of space when passing. The governors have signed those laws and they’ll go into effect later in 2015.

The success in those states will bring to 26 the number of states (and the District …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/04/14/two-states-add-3-foot-bicycle-passing-laws-to-the-books/

Another closure for bicyclists on Green River Trail in Kent

A cyclist passes trees blossoming trees at Neely Soames Homestead

A levee restoration project in Kent, WA, will keep a short section of the Green River Trail closed until June. There are at least two detours around the work that bicyclists can use.

The closed trail section is between Russell Road in the north and Meeker Street in the south. Essentially that’s adjacent to the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/04/05/another-closure-on-green-river-trail-in-kent/

Hit the trail: Opening Day for Trails is Saturday

Prepared for rain on a spring ride on Interurban Trail (south)

Many trail choices in Washington state

Saturday is Opening Day for Trails, an annual event created by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to celebrate thousands of miles of trails — including 22,000 miles of rail-trails — across the US.

Of course, trails are open year-round. This is just the non-profit’s way of encouraging people to start the spring right …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/03/27/hit-the-trail-opening-day-for-trails-is-saturday/

Specialized recalls aero handlebars

Specialized recalled aerobars

Faulty mounting hardware on aero handlebars made for Specialized Bicycle Components has prompted a recall of 8,300 units.

The Morgan Hill-based bicycle maker says a bolt that attaches the aero handlebars to the bike can loosen, possibly causing a fall. The company said it has received four reports of bolts loosening, but no injuries.

Specialized and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/03/26/specialized-recalls-aero-handlebars/

Trailer for Trans Am Bike Race film — “Inspired to Ride”

You might remember that last summer some 45 bicyclists took off from Oregon for the first-ever self-contained cross-country bicycle race — The Trans Am Bike Race. No drafting. No sag wagons. No support teams.

Fortunately, a team of filmmakers followed some of them. Here’s a just-released trailer of their film, entitled “Inspired to Ride,” based on the race. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/03/25/trailer-for-trans-am-bike-race-film-inspired-to-ride/

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