New guidebook for Washington & Oregon rail-trails

Scenic but rugged section of Spruce Railroad Trail (Olympic Discovery Trail)

With 82 rail-trails in Washington state and 19 in Oregon, how can a bicyclist choose which trails to ride? More than 1,000 miles of rail-trails suitable for bicycling wind across Washington’s landscape, with some 300 miles of trails in Oregon.

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is helping to solve that problem by publishing an official guidebook for the region — …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/05/26/new-guidebook-for-washington-oregon-rail-trails/

Half-mile of Sammamish trail reopens; 2 miles still closed

East Lake Sammamish Trail construction

Don’t plan on riding your bike along the East Lake Sammamish Trail between Redmond and Issaquah anytime soon.

Two miles of the 11-mile rail-trail is still closed to travel to allow contractors to get in and finish the job that has stretched for 13 months.

King County put out a press release on Friday announcing …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/05/24/half-mile-of-sammamish-trail-reopens-2-miles-still-closed/

Dozens of Bike to Work Day stations ready for morning commute

Find bike commute stations at http://www.cascade.org/commute-stations

Dozens of commute stations will open from 6 to 9 a.m. Friday in the Puget Sound region to support cyclists pedaling to work for Bike to Work Day.

This is where commuters will find free water bottles, snacks, maps, bike mechanics and more stuff to support and reward them for leaving their cars at home …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/05/14/dozens-of-bike-to-work-day-stations-ready-for-morning-commute/

Friday stages for Tour of California relocated due to snow; ITT slated for Six Flags Magic Mountain

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Record low precipitation may have gripped California in drought, but a late spring snowfall prompted race officials with Amgen Tour of California to move Friday’s stages to lower elevations.

The men’s and women’s Individual Time Trials scheduled for Friday in the Big Bear Lake area of the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles has been …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/05/14/friday-stages-for-tour-of-california-relocated-due-to-snow/

New bicycle-friendly rankings for states – Washington still No. 1 in 2015

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The state of Washington in 2015 once again earned the top “bicycle friendly” ranking among states, the League of American Bicyclists announced Monday.

This is the eighth year that the league has listed states for “bikeability” based on their scores in a number of categories leading to safe bicycling. As states rise and fall on …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/05/11/new-bicycle-friendly-rankings-for-states-washington-still-no-1-in-2015/

Cyclofemme: Women on bikes take to streets, roads and trails on Sunday – everywhere

See interactive map at cyclofemme.com

More than 270 women-oriented bike rides are registered as part of the worldwide CycloFemme celebration on Sunday.

The rides include everything from the slow-paced Critical Lass bike ride in Seattle to a sunset ride through the Arabian desert in Dubai.

The rides based in 20 countries and 228 cities (at last count) around the world are listed …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/05/07/cyclofemme-women-on-bikes-take-to-streets-roads-and-trails-on-sunday-everywhere/

John Wayne Pioneer Trail reopens for bicycling east of Ellensburg

John Wayne Pioneer Trail -- dry side

It took a full-fledged military action, but a 22-mile stretch of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail reopened last weekend after being closed for at least 8 months.

The section of trail (see map below), part of the longest rail-trail in the US, was closed in July after the Saddleback Mountain wildland fire swept through the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/05/05/john-wayne-pioneer-trail-reopens-for-bicycling-east-of-ellensburg/

Suffering and sorrow on Heart Across America bike tour

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When former Intel executive and recovered stroke victim Sean Maloney took off on a cross-country bicycle tour this spring, he had no way of realizing the hardships that would befall his tour.

The 58-year-old launched the 5,000-mile Heart Across America bike tour to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke. He described the bike tour as the second …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/05/03/suffering-and-sorrow-on-heart-across-america-bike-tour/

Welcome to Bike Month; now get on your bike

WashingtonBikes.org's colorful Bike Month poster

May is National Bike Month. You know the drill.

The highlight of Bike Month is “Bike to Work Day,” celebrated in most locales on May 15. (Some places choose another day; SF Bay Area is May 14)

There’s also Bike to School Day (May 6),

Cyclofemme (May 10),

Bike to Work Week (May 11-15),

Ride …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/05/01/welcome-to-bike-month-now-get-on-your-bike/

Tale of the tape: highlights from 14 bike rides in April

Last ride of the month along the East Lake Sammamish Trail

April is “30 days of biking month,” when participants take a bike ride everyday and then take a photo or write a short piece about their ride for social media.

Well, for any number of reasons, I didn’t do that. I applaud all those who did.

I just tallied my rides at BikeJournal.com for the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/04/30/tale-of-the-tape-highlights-of-my-bike-rides-in-april/

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