Tag: Washington

Horses and wagons make annual John Wayne Pioneer Trail pilgrimage

ELLENSBURG — Has anyone ever yelled at you to “Get a horse” when you’re out for a bike ride? I thought of that comment when I encountered horses and wagons on the Thorp-Ellensburg segment of the cross-state John Wayne Pioneer Trail on Sunday.

The John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders Association is making its annual …

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Washington state: Still most bike friendly after all these years

The League of American Bicyclists named Washington state the most bicycle-friendly state for the 7th year in a row.

While other states have been rising and dropping on the list announced annually since 2008, Washington state has remained the first and only state to hold top honors every year.

In fact, Minnesota pulled itself …

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Closed road through California’s Devil’s Slide reopens as bike trail

We’ve all heard about rails to trails. How about roads to trails?

That is what happened to the old Highway 1 through the scenic Devil’s Slide overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

The state last year moved Highway 1 (aka Cabrillo Highway) up the slope and through a set of tunnels. San Mateo County restored the old …

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Washington state lists parks with bike/hike campsites

[Updated for 2016 — See “30 places to camp for National Bike Travel Weekend“]

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission launched its new “interactive” website last week at www.parks.wa.gov.

I immediately tested its “search” function for a topic near-and-dear to my heart — bike/hike campsites. Happily, I discovered that more than a dozen of Washington’s …

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Driver fined for violating Washington’s vulnerable user law

Washington is one of a few states that has a “vulnerable users law” that holds negligent drivers accountable for injuring bicyclists or pedestrians.

Before the law passed the state legislature in 2011 and became law in 2012, a motorist at fault for injuring a bicyclist in a collision would face little more than a traffic …

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New name, same goal at Bicycle Alliance of Washington

Washington Bikes. Yes we do. But that’s more than a description of how Washington residents commute, run errands or recreate. Washington Bikes is the new name for the Bicycle Alliance of Washington.

The statewide bicycle advocacy group has decided it’s time to polish up its image with a new name and new logo.

Executive Director …

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

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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New Bicycle Friendly Communities named; Anacortes, WA, is among them

Add 32 new cities to the League of American Bicyclists’ list of Bicycle Friendly Communities.

The advocacy group announced the new communities Tuesday morning, noting that suburban centers are gaining traction among the 291 Bicycle Friendly Communities in 48 states.

Anacortes

In Washington state, Anacortes made the list as a bronze-level bike friendly community. The …

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Mt. Baker Hill Climb is scaling back, but the bike ride goes on

Organizers of this year’s Mount Baker Hill Climb say the recreational bike ride on Sunday will be the only event at the Festival 542 fund-raiser.

The annual bicycle ride to Artist’s Point at the end of Highway 542 is scaling back this year and won’t include the competitive timed event with cash prizes for winning …

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Overnight bike touring book for Washington state in the works

As more people use their bicycles for commuting, errand-running and recreation, we can only expect more cyclists to use their bicycles for overnight touring.

Washington state is already on the map for many long-distance bike routes created by Adventure Cycling Association that begin or end here, as well as their 856-mile Washington Parks loop.

Otherwise, …

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