Pedestrian bridge work starts on Willapa Hills Trail near Chehalis; short section closed

Work started this week on a long-awaited pedestrian bridge on the Willapa Hills State Park Trail over busy WA 6 in near Chehalis in Lewis County.

The pedestrian bridge will greatly improve safety at the WA 6 crossing, a high-speed highway with heavy traffic. Currently, a paved section of trail ends in deep gravel at …

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Another gap closed on the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail

Chalk up another trail segment opening along the 285-mile Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail in Washington state.

State parks image of completed Renslow Trestle in April 2021

The state parks department announced Thursday that work to the Renslow Trestle across I-90 is complete, meaning that trail users will no longer have to detour around …

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Mountains to Sound bike bridge completed in Bellevue

That bicycle bridge spanning the busy Factoria Boulevard in Bellevue opened this week.

Cyclists emerge from the tunnel under a freeway onramp

The project helps hundreds of bicycle commuters and recreational bicyclists daily who will no longer have to negotiate the busy Factoria Boulevard – I-90 interchange in the shopping district.

Officials started working on …

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Bicycle touring group makes plea for donations

A long-running Pacific Northwest bicycle touring group — Bicycle Rides Northwest — is seeking financial help after undergoing a bumpy ride the past few years.

Founded in 1987 as Oregon Bicycle Ride, the Portland-based tour agency has changed its name and expanded its reach over the years beyond Oregon into Washington, Idaho, Montana, and California. …

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Improved Spruce Railroad Trail reopens at Lake Crescent

Part of the Olympic Discovery Trail on the Olympic Peninsula Crescent Lake and mountain view from Spruce Railroad Trail in 2019

The Spruce Railroad Trail overlooking the remote north shore of Lake Crescent is “open for business” again.

Crews finished the months-long project to pave the trail and reconstruct and reopen two old tunnels on …

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Salsa Cutthroat bicycle recall

Seven reports of cracked forks on 2020 Salsa Cutthroat bicycles have prompted a recall by Bloomington, Minn.-based Quality Bicycle Products. No injuries have been reported, although a break could cause a fall.

One style of 2020 Salsa Cutthroat

The company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission urges bike owners to stop riding the bicycles in …

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Bicycling quote: Bicycle shorts

“I always say golf is like bicycle shorts. It reveals a lot about a man. And golf reveals a lot of ugliness in this president.”

— Golf writer Rick Reilly on President Trump’s dishonesty on the golf course: “Trump heads to golf club before defeat by Biden is announced,” The Guardian

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Fall colors on Cedar River Trail

Two cyclists head back toward Renton on the Cedar River Trail earlier this week

The northeastern US traditionally might have the best fall colors, but the leaves put on a show out here in the Pacific Northwest as well.

Took a ride up the Cedar River Trail on a sunny day earlier this week, and …

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Bike Tour 1984: Postscript – TransAmerica tour comes full circle

I can't close off this cross-country bicycle trip without a postscript, because the tour really didn't end for me when we arrived in Oceanside. Still suffering from wanderlust, the trip ended for me up the Pacific coast with a chance meeting with another cyclist who had ridden ahead of us on our bike tour.

…. It made me realize that while we cross-country bicycle tourists are pedaling throughout the world, we're also cycling in our own world…

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1984 Bike Tour: Day 68 – End of the road

OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA — Bruce and I achieved the goal — to ride from coast to coast — that we'd made up our minds to accomplish two years ago. It seems like the end arrived too soon.

Fittingly, this was one of the easiest days of the trip. From 2,727 feet, we were coasting down to sea level. Soon after leaving our pace quickened and we had to slow for switchbacks and suddenly we began passing orange groves. It was all so California. We passed a mission, but we didn't stop to investigate. As Lazy Louie would say, all the hills went down and we had the wind to our backs.

Traffic increased as we hit residential areas, and James nearly had a head-on as he sped around us in the van. We were all riding together, and each tried to be the first to spot the ocean. …

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