Administrator and author of Biking Bis. Currently live in the Seattle area; previously Texas, California, Maryland, Georgia and Ohio. Own a Lemond road bike for light riding and Rockhopper for poor weather riding and touring.

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Body of missing cyclist found in Death Valley

Sad news from the Death Valley National Park today.

The San Francisco cyclist who disappeared from a bike tour gathering at a campground last week had been found dead.

Rescuers found the body of George Kohler, 67, in the northern area of the park between the Mesquite Campground and Scotty’s Castle.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/21/body-of-missing-cyclist-found-in-death-valley/

Economic windfall forecast for Vélo Québec’s bike tour in Maine

Bienvenue dans le Maine. Profitez de votre balada a velo!

These words — Welcome to Maine. Enjoy your bike ride! — might be uttered many times as Vélo Québec brings a bicycle tour with some 2,000 cyclists to the state in 2013.

The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development announced the non-profit bicycling association is coming to Maine for a week in 2013 for its 20th annual Grand Tour Desjardins.

The bicycle tour is expected to be a big economic windfall for the state. The cyclists will stop in many of Maine’s small towns clamoring for food, entertainment and lodging ….

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/21/economic-windfall-forecast-for-velo-quebecs-bike-tour-in-maine/

Congratulations to these bike advocates

Who helped lead the way last year to put more bicyclists on the road and create a safer environment for them?

The Alliance for Biking and Walking recognized seven people, groups and corporations in its 2012 Advocacy Awards released Tuesday.

It’s a worthy list, and I don’t envy the task of narrowing the huge list of people working to improve bicycling conditions in the U.S. to just these few.

They were honored at the National Bike Summit ….

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/21/congratulations-to-these-bike-advocates/

Cyclist on bike tour missing in Death Valley

Authorities are searching for a 67-year-old San Francisco man who mysteriously disappeared from a bicycle tour campsite in Death Valley last week.

The man, George Kohler, was a member of an Adventure Cycling Association group of cyclists participating in Death Valley Loop I.

They were camped on March 12 at the Mesquite Spring campground in the north part of the national park. While others remained at a campfire, Kohler announced he was tired and heading back to the tent.

When he didn’t show up the next morning …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/20/cyclist-on-bike-tour-missing-in-death-valley/

“Save Cycling” is issue at this week’s National Bike Summit

The League of American Bicyclists is convening some 800 bike advocates in Washington DC beginning Tuesday to “Save Cycling.”

That’s a fine theme for the 2012 National Bicycle Summit, as expressed at right in a League promo from September.

A more accurate theme, but less catchy, could be “Save Funding for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure.”

No one is threatening to take away our bicycles, but federal funding to make travel safer for bicyclists is at risk. …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/19/save-cycling-is-issue-at-this-weeks-national-bike-summit/

“This bicycle trail sponsored by …”

Corporate sponsorships of biking and hiking trails may soon be a sign of the times in Florida.

The weak economy coupled with the reluctance to raise taxes to pay for public services has prompted Florida legislators to approve corporate sponsorships for trails in the sunshine state.

The bill — SB 268 — is sitting on the desk of Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

The bill enables sponsors to place one 16-square-foot sign in the parking lot or at the trailhead of the trail …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/19/this-bicycle-trail-sponsored-by/

Senate listens to bicycle activists in transportation bill

Those of you who responded to the call from bicycle advocates to contact your US senators to support federal funding for bicycle programs should be pleased to know your efforts have paid off.

The Senate approved a two-year $109 billion Transportation bill today that, among other things, includes an “Additional Activities” fund that local governments can use for such local projects as bike lanes and trails.

The original version of the bill — MAP-21 — didn’t include any language that enabled local governments to access that fund. It would have been controlled at the state level.

Bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/14/senate-listens-to-bicycle-activists-in-transportation-bill/

Tour of California announces 16 teams

Organizers named the 16 teams that will compete in the 7th annual Tour of California that rolls out on May 13-20 this year.

Eight teams represent the UCI Pro Teams that compete at the most elite levels. They include RadioShack-Nissan-Trek, home to last year’s winner Chris Horner of Bend, Oregon. The team of 3-time winner Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) also will be on hand.

Four Professional Continental Teams and four Continental Teams also will attend.

It’s important to remember that this is the team announcement; the team squads will be named later.

When executive director Kristin Bachochin says in a press release that the teams “represent the most prestigious field of talent ever to compete in our race,” …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/13/tour-of-california-announces-16-teams/

Horner finishes 2nd at Tirreno-Adriatico; strong comeback

US cyclist Chris Horner’s second place finish at the week-long Tirreno-Adriatico on Tuesday must be difficult to swallow, even after his remarkable comeback from a career-threatening crash at last year’s Tour de France.

The 40-year-old RadioShack cyclist, who lives in Bend, Oregon, lost the overall lead and the championship to Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali in the final 6-mile individual time trial at San Benedetto del Tronto.

Nibali (Liquigas) had battled to within 6 seconds of Horner on Monday. …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/13/horner-finishes-2nd-at-tirreno-adriatico-strong-comeback/

Celebrate reopening of Burke Gilman Trail on Tuesday

The official grand reopening of the Burke Gilman Trail through Lake Forest Park will be celebrated on Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a bike ride.

A 2-mile section of the trail was closed between Log Boom Park and 145th Street for about 8 months. It reopened to positive reviews in mid-February.

Work crews contracted by King County widened the trail to 12 feet, improved sight lines, repaved the cracked surface and replaced a series of stop signs with yield signs.

The official reopening is scheduled for 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/03/12/celebrate-reopening-of-burke-gilman-trail-on-tuesday/