Tag: Washington

Cross Kirkland Corridor bike trail officially opens Saturday

The first section of rail-trail on the main stem of the old BNSF railroad corridor east of Seattle opens in Kirkland on Saturday as the city hosts a “Seahawks-style” celebration. The official opening of the Cross Kirkland Corridor (see map) puts the city of Kirkland way ahead of its neighboring jurisdictions — King County, Bellevue, and …

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King County expands Taylor Mountain Forest; more trails planned

A mountain biking destination near the crossroads town of Hobart just got bigger with a property acquisition and plans to build more trails. King County says it has acquired a 40-acre “inholding” at Taylor Mountain Forest, located just south of the intersection of Issaquah-Hobart Road and Route 18. The $692,000 acquisition, located right in the middle of …

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Bicycling means big bucks in Washington state; ranks 4th in outdoor recreation spending

A newly released economic study of outdoor recreation in Washington state finds that bicycling contributes $3.1 billion a year to the state’s economy. That’s the fourth highest economic impact among the major outdoor pursuits listed in the study, following only Sightseeing and Nature (1), all types of Boating (2), and Hiking, Climbing, Camping (3). And participation in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/01/20/bicycling-means-big-bucks-in-washington-state-ranks-3rd-in-outdoor-recreation-spending/

New SR 520 Eastside bike path links Lake Washington Blvd. and Evergreen Point Rd

There’s a new bike route way-finding sign at the corner of Northrup Way and Lake Washington Boulevard in Bellevue. It reads “Seattle – 7” and points toward a bike path that heads into a tunnel and follows State Route 520. The bike path is newly opened, but it doesn’t make it all the way to …

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Pierce County: Fallen tree knocks down Foothills Trail bridge; complicates connection plans

A tree that fell during that series of storms that swept through western Washington last month destroyed a bridge on an isolated portion of the Foothills Trail in Pierce County. The bridge collapse could further complicate plans to close the gap on the so-called “Trail to Nowhere” segment, a 1.2-mile section of the paved Foothills Trail …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/12/29/fallen-tree-knocks-down-foothills-trail-bridge-complicates-connection-plans/

U.S. Bicycle Route System grows by 2,000 miles in 2014

Traveling bicyclists can follow more than 8,000 miles of signed bicycle routes around the country after an association of state highway officials approved more than 2,000 miles of corridors in 2014. The latest round of approvals in December by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials comprises 1,200 miles added to the U.S. Bicycle Route …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/12/26/u-s-bicycle-route-system-grows-by-2000-miles-in-2014/

Bicycling detours on rail-trail near Chehalis to continue at least another year

Two sections of a southwestern Washington rail-trail that suffered bridge wash-outs in 2007 will remain closed for at least another year. The two bridge replacement projects on the 56-mile-long Willapa Hills Trail were scheduled for completion this fall. Although work had started at the two sites in Lewis County, the contracts will have to be bid …

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Bike quote: Why bicycle tourists are the best tourists for small towns

“Many (cross-country riders) stay at hotels and motels, lodges. They’re not whizzing by you with a tankful of gas. They’re stopping and buying a few things here and there. They’re there to interact with a local community instead of driving by in a car and looking out the windows.” — Steve Jahn, member of Skagit …

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Volunteers needed for upcoming annual bike/ped count

Every bicyclist counts. That’s why it’s important to get enough volunteers out in more than 40 cities across Washington on Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 to count bike commuters. The results help demonstrate that money for bike lanes, bike paths, and other infrastructure increases bike traffic and reduces traffic congestion and its unhealthy side-effects. WSDOT has a …

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US Bike Route 10 dedication is Sunday in Anacortes

Washington Bikes is inviting folks interested in bicycle travel to attend the ribbon cutting on the new US Bike Route 10 in Anacortes this Sunday. Click here for link to map USBR 10 rolls out for 416 miles roughly along  the State Route 20 corridor from Anacortes to the Idaho border. That’s also the corridor for …

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