Tag Archive: rails to trails

Bridging the gap on Chehalis-Western Trail in Lacey

Bicycle-pedestrian bridge construction on Chehalis-Western Trail in Lacey

When I stumbled across this scene on Sunday, I thought I had come upon one of the many road construction projects in Seattle.

But no, I was in Lacey, a neighbor of Olympia. Asking around, I learned that this construction job is actually a bicycle-pedestrian bridge that will complete the final missing link in the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/04/14/bridging-the-gap-on-chehalis-western-trail-in-lacey/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/03/13/bike-trail-ruling-by-supreme-court-may-have-limited-scope/

“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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/03/11/kate-the-cyclist-is-returning-to-couer-dalene-idaho/

Supreme Court ruling deals uncertain future for rails-to-trails program

Centennial Trail at Machias in Snohomish County

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in favor of a group of Wyoming landowners on Monday in a case that could create a costly and major stumbling block for the rails-to-trails program.

The court ruled that when the federal government gave away land to private landowners under an 1875 law, and that land was later …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/03/10/supreme-court-ruling-deals-uncertain-future-for-rails-to-trail-program/

Upgrades and paving for East Lake Sammamish Trail this spring

A cyclist heads from paved to gravel section of East Lake Sammamish Trail.

The 11-mile-long East Lake Sammamish Trail that links the communities of Redmond, Sammamish and Issaquah has been undergoing a structural and cosmetic makeover during the past few years.

The abandoned BNSF Railroad right-of-way that skirts the east side of Lake Sammamish opened 8 years ago this month as a narrow, gravel pathway that rolls past …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/03/09/upgrades-and-paving-for-east-lake-sammamish-trail-this-spring/

Vintage Washington map shows today’s rails-to-trail network

Dept. of Public Works map from 1928 Washington state

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a sucker for maps, especially older ones. Sometimes I think that’s one reason I like to explore by bicycle — it gives me a chance to follow those blue lines on a map at a snail’s pace.

So you can imagine my reaction when the Mountains to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/01/30/vintage-washington-map-shows-todays-rails-to-trail-network/

US Supreme Court battle threatens rail-trails

Foothills Trail in Orting

See update, March 10, 2014 — “Supreme Court ruling deals uncertain future for rails-to-trails program.”

A Wyoming landowner’s challenge to a law that helps establish rail-trails for bicyclists and others on abandoned railroad right-of-ways could add a layer of uncertainty to development of rails to trails in the future.

There could be implications in Washington …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/01/15/supreme_court_battle_threatens_rail_trails/

Panel approves trail and rail report for Eastside Rail Corridor

"... proceed at own risk" on Eastside Rail Corridor"

If you’re wondering about the status of that abandoned railroad line stretching between Renton and Snohomish County, it’s as clear as the yellow signs that have been posted alongside the tracks in parts of King County:

“This portion of the Eastside Rail Corridor (ERC) is now under the ownership of King County. The ERC is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/11/04/panel-approves-trail-and-rail-report-for-eastside-rail-corridor/

10 longest rail-trails for bicycling — John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Washington leads the list

Bicyclists get stunning views from trestles on John Wayne Pioneer Trail.

The John Wayne Pioneer Trail — stretching for 253 miles across two-thirds of Washington state — now leads the list of longest rail-trail conversions in the U.S.

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy compiles the online list of 14 rail-trails that exceed 100 miles. In the latest update, the John Wayne Pioneer Trail jumped from 4th to 1st …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/10/22/10-longest-rail-trails-for-bicycling-john-wayne-pioneer-trail-in-washington-leads-the-list/

Snoqualmie Valley Trail closed near North Bend until August

Snoqualmie Valley Trail closed between Mt. Si Golf Course and North Bend

A 1.7-mile stretch of the Snoqualmie Valley Trail between the Mount Si Golf Course and North Bend will be closed for bridge replacement until mid-August.

There is no off-road detour. To get from one side to the other, bicyclists have to ride on Boalch Avenue (there’s an adjacent trail through the old Meadowbrook farm) and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/05/04/snoqualmie-valley-trail-closed-near-north-bend-until-august/

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