Different strokes to usher in New Year

Taking the Polar Bear plunge on New Year's Day

There are lots of way to celebrate New Year’s. If at all possible, I take a ride on my bicycle to welcome the new year.

Earlier today, my new year’s ride down to Coulon Park in Renton happened to coincide with the annual Polar Bear Plunge at the park.

I heard shouting as I …

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Origin8 folding bicycles recalled

Origin8 Folding Bicycles recalled

A bicycle importer is recalling 1,600 Origin8 folding bicycles after receiving reports that the frames break while in use.

Miami, Fla.-based J&B Importers and the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the recall after receiving 13 reports of frame failures at faulty welds on he China-made bicycles.

Owners are asked to return the bicycles to the …

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Recharging my batteries on local bike trails

Highlands Trail in Newcastle

Twenty minutes. Research shows that’s all it takes to feel rejuvenated by being outside in nature.

Studies by the Journal of Environmental Psychology concluded: “Being outdoors was associated with greater vitality, a relation that was mediated by the presence of natural elements.” Further research at the University of Rochester concluded that “being outside in …

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Retirees riding bicycles in greater numbers

All little Johnny wanted was a new bicycle for Christmas when he was a kid. Now, 60 years later, John Sr. is retired, and he still wants a bicycle.

The Wall Street Journal has discovered that “more older people” (hey, be careful who you’re calling old) are taking up bicycling.

A poll by the AARP …

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Largest statewide bicycle nonprofit created in Washington state

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If you like to know who’s minding the store — in this case bicycle advocacy in the state of Washington — then you’ll want to know there’s been a change.

The Cascade Bicycle Club and Washington Bikes (formerly Bicycle Alliance of Washington) are officially joining forces on Jan. 1, 2016.

The decision to merge was …

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Plans moving ahead to close gap on Olympic Peninsula Trail

Olympic Discovery Trail bridge over the Elwha River

The goal of connecting Port Townsend with the rest of the Olympic Discovery Trail got a major boost last month when Jefferson County leaders voted to study the feasibility of possible trail routes linking the city to the rest of the trail.

The Olympic Discovery Trail is envisioned as a 126-mile-long bicycle trail along the …

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Replacement bridges opened on Willapa Hills Trail in southwest WA state

A new bridge over Chehalis River, courtesy Discover Lewis County

Eight years after a destructive storm washed out two major bridges on southwestern Washington’s Willapa Hills Trail, Lewis County says those two bridges have been replaced and opened this week. [See map below]

Discover Lewis County reports:

“A major milestone in construction on the Willapa Hills Trail will connect more than a dozen miles of …

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Rails to Trails expands annual “sojourn” bike tours program

One of the many tunnels on the North Bend Trail in  West Virginia.

The Rails to Trails Conservancy is expanding its once-a-year “sojourn” bicycle tour program to a series of four bicycle tours in 2016.

Every year since about 2001, the nonprofit trail-builder has introduced bicyclists to one of its scenic trails on a multi-day bicycle tour in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York among others. …

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Eastern WA towns line up behind John Wayne Pioneer Trail; final meeting tonight

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Four Eastern Washington towns have issued proclamations supporting the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, as the third and final public hearing on the fate of the rail-trail takes place in Ellensburg tonight.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Hal Holmes Center, 209 N. Ruby St., Ellensburg. [More details at the Tekoa Trail & …

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Kona recalls Wo mountain bikes

Kona Wo recalled

Kona is recalling 530 Wo brand mountain bikes after a report that the front fork can break at the junction with the crown.

The Ferndale, WA-bike distributor and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are urging owners to stop riding the bicycles until they return them to the dealer for free replacement and installation of the …

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