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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.

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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,” …

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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. …

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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 …

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New Puget Sound bike ride launches in 2012

Bicyclists who want to say they’ve pedaled around the Puget Sound will have a new opportunity this year.

The American Lung Association is launching the Ride Around the Sound on Sept. 15 as a one-day charity bike ride that ends in West Seattle.

The new bike ride is not to be confused with the long-time popular RAPSody (Ride Around Puget Sound), a two-day ride that benefits the Bicycle Alliance of Washington. That’s scheduled for Aug. 25 and 26 this year.

The Lung Association’s Ride Around the Sound pledge bike ride replaces the long-running three-day Trek Tri Island bike tour …

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2012 Seattle Bicycle Expo fits all styles of bicycling

How do you ride your bicycle: Transportation? Recreation? Competition?

The Cascade Bicycle Club made sure all types of bicycling got plenty of treatment at the 2012 Seattle Bicycle Expo this weekend.

Another aspect of two-wheeled fun greeted me on Saturday every time I walked down another aisle at the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal venue or attended another presentation at one of three stages.

For instance, BMX freestylers flying through the air, above, shared one section of the lower level with a display of nearly a dozen family and cargo bicycles designed more much less radical movement.

Kids and cargo

The Family and Cargo bike group is affiliated with Cascade. You’ll often see them at the Bicycle Sunday events at Seward Park during the summer.

Family and cargo bicycling “is exploding” in interest …

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Wiggins wins Paris-Nice; Horner leads Tirreno-Adriatico

British cyclist Brad Wiggins won the Paris-Nicebike race in France on Sunday while American Chris Horner, left, continued to lead the Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy.

Wiggins, the Team Sky cyclist who had led the 8-stage race since the second day, dominated throughout the race …

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US cyclists ready to pounce at two Euro bike races?

US cyclists are figuring prominently in two week-long bicycle races currently playing out on the continent — Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico.


At the Paris-Nice, Levi Leipheimer (left, Omega Pharma-Quick Step) is still within 10-seconds of the overall leader as he sits in 3rd place overall after Stage 6.

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76 stolen bikes recovered in Seattle sting operation

Schwinns. Cannondales. Novaras. Mongooses (Mongeese?) Specializeds. Windsors. Cervelos. Scotts. Diamondbacks. Mountain bikes. Road bikes. Commuter bikes.

They were all purchased for pennies on the dollar in the Oliver’s Twist sting operation set up by the Seattle police department.

The phony fencing operation scored more than 900 stolen items over the 11-month period it operated out …

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2012 Seattle Bicycle Expo returns Saturday and Sunday

Bicycling fans will be cruising on down to the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal this weekend for the 2012 Seattle Bicycle Expo.

Presented by the Cascade Bicycle Club, the annual event features some 200 exhibitors as well as speakers, demonstrations and performers.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. …

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