Category: Bicycle Advocacy

WA governor says bicycling, bike shops OK during COVID-19 shutdown

It’s getting more difficult to keep track of what’s open and what’s closed in response to COVID-19 in Washington state, where a “Stay at Home” order has gone into effect.

Here’s the scorecard:

Bicycling is allowed (just maintain 6 feet social distance). Gov. Jay Inslee, himself a roadie, said in this week’s announcement that …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2020/03/25/wa-governor-says-bicycling-bike-shops-ok-during-covid-19-shutdown/

Bicycling event calendars wiped clean by COVID-19 pandemic this spring

Here we are halfway through March, and the spring bicycling season has been wiped clean. Most organized rides in March and April have been postponed and many have been cancelled until next year.

The camaraderie offered at sag stops on big bike rides now presents an unnecessary health risk during the COVID-19 crisis.

That doesn’t …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2020/03/19/bicycling-event-calendars-wiped-clean-by-covid-19-pandemic/

Seattle Bike Show limits weekend event due to coronavirus; Seattle Bike Swap, Sea Otter Classic postponed

You’ll want to check for possible last-minute changes before heading out to watch or participate in bicycling events because of growing concern over COVID-19. Organizers in the US and Italy have just started reacting to the epidemic.

So far, we have limitations at this weekend’s Seattle Bike Show and postponements of Seattle Bike Swap and …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2020/03/06/check-for-bicycling-event-cancellations-due-to-coronavirus/

‘Idaho Stop’ rolls into Oregon for bicyclists

A new law in Oregon allows bicycle riders to slide through stop signs at intersections without coming to a full stop after first yielding to right-of-way traffic.

The law, Senate Bill 998, went into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. It enables bicyclists to treat stop signs as “yield” signs; it does not apply to stop …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2020/01/02/idaho-stop-rolls-into-oregon-for-bicyclists/

3-foot passing becomes law on Jan. 1 in Washington state

Motorists in Washington state will be legally obligated to give bicyclists at least 3 feet of clearance when passing in the same lane beginning on Jan. 1.

The law, signed by Gov. Jay Inslee in May, passed the legislature this past session. With its enactment, Washington joined the more than 30 states that require motorists …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2019/12/26/3-foot-passing-becomes-law-on-jan-1-in-washington-state/

Commuters take to bikes to avoid “Seattle Squeeze”

Automatic bicycle counters on the Spokane Street Bridge below the West Seattle Bridge are showing a spike in bike traffic since the closure of the Highway 99 Viaduct last week.

The rate of bicyclists opting for two wheels to get from West Seattle to downtown has jumped to numbers equal to typical spring and fall …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2019/01/24/commuters-take-to-bikes-to-avoid-seattle-squeeze/

15 more communities considered “bicycle friendly”

The League of American Bicyclists has added 15 more communities to its list of Bicycle Friendly Communities.

The 15 are among a list of 61 towns and cities in 27 states honored by the League in this week’s announcement. The others either renewed their status on the Bicycle Friendly list or improved their standings on …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2018/12/11/15-more-communities-considered-bicycle-friendly/

Calendars feature Washington bicycle trails on covers

If you’re looking for a bicycling themed calendar to help keep track of your busy days as your roll through 2019, consider two that feature Washington rail-trails on their covers.

The calendar I’m most excited about is published by Rails to Trails Conservancy, featuring a photo I took last fall on the Snoqualmie Valley Regional …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2018/12/05/calendars-feature-washington-bicycle-trails-on-covers/

In case you forgot: Friday is Bike to Work Day, but you can bike everywhere

Here’s a reminder that May is National Bike Month.

We’ve already had Bike to School Day on May 9, and Cyclofemme this past Mother’s Day on May 13.

This week is Bike to Work Week, and Friday is Bike to Work Day in most cities. In Seattle, the Cascade Bicycle Club calls it Bike …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2018/05/17/in-case-you-forgot-friday-is-bike-to-work-day-but-you-can-bike-everywhere/

Man who struck and killed 5 bicyclists found guilty of second-degree murder

A Michigan jury returned a guilty verdict on Tuesday against the driver who two years ago plowed into a group of bicyclists — killing five and seriously injuring four.

Charles Pickett Jr., 52, of Battle Creek was found guilty of five counts of second-degree murder,¬†five counts of operating while intoxicated causing death, and four counts …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2018/05/02/man-who-struck-and-killed-5-bicyclists-found-guilty-of-second-degree-murder/