Tag: Washington

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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Washington leads Bicycle Friendly States list again in 2013; North Dakota is the least friendly

Congratulations to the state of Washington for once again ranking No. 1 on the list of Bicycle Friendly States compiled by the League of American Bicyclists. This marks the sixth year in the row that Washington has led the list compiled by the bicycle advocacy group. The list is released every year on the first …

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North Cascades Highway due to open this week; slated for future US Bicycle Route

An annual rite of spring is the reopening of the North Cascades Highway in April or early May after snow plow crews complete the task of scraping the road to bare pavement.

That not only opens a 40-mile stretch of Highway 20 in northern Washington state to car traffic, but it also marks the reopening of a remarkably scenic link of Adventure Cycling Association’s Northern Tier and Washington State Parks bicycle routes to touring bicyclists.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is shooting for a 1 p.m. Tuesday reopening of the highway, unless this past weekend’s spring snows …

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Can you identify these historic club logos from 19th Century Washington?

Here’s a wonderful vintage bicycling photo from Washington dating from the late 1800s that found its way to me. Can anyone identify the “T” and “CCC” symbols emblazoned on some of the jerseys worn in this photo? [See the full photo inside]

The photo’s owner is a descendant of the woman on right side of the photo.

That woman is the owner’s great grandmother, Daisy Hackshaw. He says the photo was taken in the late 1800s near Olympia. Washington wasn’t granted statehood until 1889, so he figures …

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Washington is still most bicycle friendly state — 5 years running

Washington remains the most bicycle friendly state in the nation for the fifth year in a row, according to an appraisal by the League of American Bicyclists released Tuesday.

The state earned a score of 4 out of 5 in the categories of Legal, Policies and Infrastructure, and a perfect 5 in Education and Evaluation.

Other states in the top 10 are, in order, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Colorado, Oregon, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Maryland, Maine and Delaware. …

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National Bike Month is on the way: Take if from this kid – you can ride your bike

May is National Bike Month. Get out on your bike. You’ll feel happy of yourself. Just listen to what this little fella in the video has to say about riding a bike.

May 9 is Bike to School Day.

May 14-18 is Bike to Work Week.

May 18 is Bike to Work Day.

You can search for events in your local area by checking the bike month database at League of American Bicyclists.

Here in Seattle …

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30 days of biking: Lucky Friday the 13th

Everyone says that Friday the 13th is bad luck, but after tonight I’m going to revise that old superstition.

I couldn’t get out on my Day 13 bike ride until after dinner, and I chose to buzz over to the Blockbuster in Renton to drop off a movie.

It was getting dark on the way home, but I realized I didn’t have a photo for today’s ride. I made a lucky snap judgment to turn right from Coal Creek Parkway onto Newcastle Golf Course Road to get a photo of the sunset from the hillside. …

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