Tag: rails to trails

Closing the gap for bicycle touring on the Great Allegheny Passage

It looks like Pittsburgh’s last leg of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) will open soon, finally completing a 335-mile off-road bicycle route from  Washington DC to Pittsburgh. [See the interactive map below.] Crews are working on the “final mile” to link the Steel Valley Trail to the Three Rivers Heritage Trail that will deposit GAP …

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Bicycling with the return of weather and fall foliage forecasts

Gosh. I just love the sound my bicycle tires make as they zip through puddles and slosh over soggy leaves that fall on wet autumn days. That’s why it was so much fun to ride through the first decent rain of the season on Sunday. OK. That’s a bunch of malarkey. I never enjoyed bicycling …

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Trail closures and detours around Seattle; updated

If you think it’s hard to get around because of the road construction in the Seattle area this summer, the situation isn’t much different on the bike trails. I can think of at least three bike trail closures around Seattle right now — Green River Trail, Cedar River Trail, and East Lake Sammamish Trail. Only …

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King County bike trails news: East Lake Sammamish and Green River

Time for some good news and bad news updates on a couple of King County bike trails.

Good news: The King County Flood Control District has allocated money to remove sandbags from the bike trail atop the Green River levee in Tukwila and Kent.

Bad news: A 2.2-mile stretch of East Lake Sammamish Trail is closed for up to a year for paving and other work just north of Issaquah. …

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Top 10 rails-to-trails states; Michigan is No. 1

Michigan is fast becoming a major destination for bicycle touring, and one of its major draws is its wide-ranging network of rails-to-trails.

Abandoned and out-of-service railroad corridors criss-cross the state, and local governments and “friends of the trail” groups are transforming these into paved and gravel trails for bikes and other non-motorized users.

In fact, Michigan leads the nation in upgrading railroad corridors into bike trails. Its 126 rails-to-trails stretch for 2,379 miles around the state …

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30 days of biking: Wilburton railroad trestle

Unable to take a bike ride later on Tuesday, I started my day with a 10-mile loop ride after a cup of coffee and a banana.

I headed along Lake Washington again, then headed east under the imposing Wilburton trestle in Bellevue.

One day, this abandoned railway could be a bike trail that stretches from Renton to Snohomish, a distance of 42 miles.

Riding a bike across the trestle would be a blast. Imagine the views …

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