Bike ride benefits victims of Snohomish County landslide

Highway 530 covered by landslide (WSDOT photo)

Proceeds from the first-ever All-in Family Bike Ride presented by the Marysville YMCA on April 5 will benefit the Red Cross efforts to help the landslide ravaged community of  Oso in Snohomish County.

Rescuers are still searching the mile-square area between Arlington and Darrington along the Stillaquamish River for survivors or bodies. Authorities say 25 …

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“Opening Day” for trails is this coming Saturday

Trestle crossing on Cedar River Trail near Maple Valley

Today marked my best bike ride of the year as I headed out the 17-mile Cedar River Trail between Renton and Landsburg. Blue skies, almost no breeze, temperature in the 60s, blossoms on the trees and the river running cold and fast.

It reminded me that Rails-to-Trails Conservancy celebrates its annual Opening Day for Trails …

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Rail-trail corridor wiped out by Snohomish County landslide

Aerial view of landslide area from WSDOT

That landslide on Saturday that swept down a hillside along the North Fork of the Stillaquamish River also took out a section of the White Horse Trail, a mountain biking and hiking trail.

Recent heavy March rains are considered responsible for the deadly landslide onto State Route 530 near the town of Oso. Three people …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/03/23/rail-trail-corridor-wiped-out-by-snohomish-county-landslide/

Picking your favorite city for bicycling the USA TODAY way

Seattle Space Needle

USA Today knows that people like to read Top 10 lists, so it creates a lot of them. Currently, the newspaper’s Travel Section is running a reader response poll on the 10 Best U.S. Cycling Towns.

Former pro cyclist George Hincapie was asked to nominate 20 cities to the list, and readers get to vote …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/03/20/picking-your-favorite-city-for-bicycling-the-usa-today-way/

A cross-country bicycle tour that’s for the birds

Dorian Anderson from http://bikingforbirds.blogspot.com/

Dorian Anderson, PhD, was riding his bicycle around Sawgrass Lake County Park near St. Petersburg the other day. He’s a long way from his latest home in Boston, and he’s enjoying the warm weather.

He’s not interested in getting a tan, though, and he’s not much interested in the road, either.

Anderson is keeping his …

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Huge economic impact from paved trail network in Ohio

Mad River Trail (photo by Miami Valley Bike Trails)

It’s been reported time and again that biking and hiking trails draw users to healthy outdoor pursuits and stimulate the economy. We can see those findings again in a study conducted along the 330-mile network of trails in the Miami Valley in southwestern Ohio.

The study by the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission found that the …

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Winners announced at North American Handmade Bicycle Show

Co-Motion tandem

The North American Handmade Bicycle Show celebrated its 10th anniversary this past weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, usually a destination for NASCAR fans.

While the bicycle fans at the Charlotte Convention Center were less interested in horsepower, they showed a keen interest in the precision craftsmanship represented by some 150 exhibitors at the show.

Don …

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Bike trail ruling by Supreme Court may have limited scope

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Most rails-to-trails projects in the US will not be affected by this week’s Supreme Court ruling, according to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

That assessment follows a US Supreme Court ruling (Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust vs the United States) that the federal government could not turn a particular abandoned railroad right-of-way in Wyoming into a bicycle trail. That …

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BMC recalls Stromer electric bicycles

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Bicycle-distributor BMC warns owners of its Stromer electric bicycles to stop riding them immediately because the fork can break, causing an injury.

The company is recalling 1,300 of the electric bicycles sold in the U.S. between January 2012 and December 2013; 11 bicycles were sold in Canada. It received one report of a fork breaking, …

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“Kate” the cyclist is returning to Couer d’Alene, Idaho

Statue of early 20th century bicyclist

The bronze statue of a woman dressed in early 20th century garb riding a bicycle is returning to the Riverton Park on the Spokane River in Couer d’Alene.

The statue, dubbed Kate, was stolen in early January. Thieves had removed the woman, leaving the bicycle behind. (A rare case in which the bicycle was not …

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