Tag: Washington

“Wording error” saved John Wayne Pioneer Trail from private takeover

This is scary.

Apparently, a simple typo was the only thing that prevented two eastern Washington legislators from giving away half the length of the cross-state John Wayne Pioneer Trail to adjacent landowners. [See my post from yesterday: “Proposed land grab threatens eastern John Wayne Pioneer Trail.”]

The Associated Press reports that the last-minute provision …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2015/09/23/wording-error-saved-john-wayne-pioneer-trail-from-private-takeover/

Proposed “land grab” threatens eastern John Wayne Pioneer Trail

So this is what can happen when one of those treasured abandoned railroad corridors isn’t fully developed into a first-class rail-trail for bicycling, hiking and horseback riding.

A couple of state legislators want the state of Washington to abandon a section of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail and give it to adjacent private landowners. [Update: “Wording …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2015/09/22/proposed-land-grab-threatens-eastern-john-wayne-pioneer-trail/

Santa Rosa to Seattle by bike in 1909

Seattle has been a destination for the long-distance bicyclists for a long time — 106 years to be exact.

That’s how long it has been since Vic McDaniel and Ray Francisco mounted their second-hand bicycles in Santa Rosa, CA, and rode north to the 1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition in Seattle.

There was no Northern …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2015/08/31/santa-rosa-to-seattle-by-bike-in-1909/

Controversy delays next paving project on East Lake Sammamish Trail

A dispute over how many mature trees to preserve along a section of the East Lake Sammamish Trail — and other issues — has delayed upgrading a 1.3-mile segment of the rail-trail.

The rail-trail runs between Redmond and Issaquah for 11 miles. Originally opened as a narrow, crushed rock pathway along the old railroad right-of-way …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2015/08/15/controversy-delays-next-paving-project-on-east-lake-sammamish-trail/

New communities judged “bicycle-friendly”; 4 in Washington state

Chances are a little greater that you live in a bicycle friendly community this week after the League of American Bicyclists announced that it has added 26 to its updated list.

That means there are about 350 towns and cities across the U.S. — at least one in every state — that have received the designation …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2015/06/14/new-communities-judged-bicycle-friendly/

Bicycle shuttle service to Snoqualmie Tunnel launches on John Wayne Pioneer Trail

A new shuttle service — Snoqualmie Tunnel Bike Shuttle — to take passengers and bicycles from Rattlesnake Lake to the summit of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Hyak begins this summer.

The shuttle will be operated by Compass Outdoor Adventures, an outdoor education outfit that’s been operating in the North Bend area since 2007.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2015/06/03/bicycle-shuttle-service-to-snoqualmie-tunnel-launches-on-john-wayne-pioneer-trail/

New guidebook for Washington & Oregon rail-trails

With 82 rail-trails in Washington state and 19 in Oregon, how can a bicyclist choose which trails to ride? More than 1,000 miles of rail-trails suitable for bicycling wind across Washington’s landscape, with some 300 miles of trails in Oregon.

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is helping to solve that problem by publishing an official guidebook for the region — …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2015/05/26/new-guidebook-for-washington-oregon-rail-trails/

New bicycle-friendly rankings for states – Washington still No. 1 in 2015

The state of Washington in 2015 once again earned the top “bicycle friendly” ranking among states, the League of American Bicyclists announced Monday.

This is the eighth year that the league has listed states for “bikeability” based on their scores in a number of categories leading to safe bicycling. As states rise and fall on …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2015/05/11/new-bicycle-friendly-rankings-for-states-washington-still-no-1-in-2015/

John Wayne Pioneer Trail reopens for bicycling east of Ellensburg

It took a full-fledged military action, but a 22-mile stretch of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail reopened last weekend after being closed for at least 8 months.

The section of trail (see map below), part of the longest rail-trail in the US, was closed in July after the Saddleback Mountain wildland fire swept through the …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2015/05/05/john-wayne-pioneer-trail-reopens-for-bicycling-east-of-ellensburg/

Hit the trail: Opening Day for Trails is Saturday

Many trail choices in Washington state

Saturday is Opening Day for Trails, an annual event created by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to celebrate thousands of miles of trails — including 22,000 miles of rail-trails — across the US.

Of course, trails are open year-round. This is just the non-profit’s way of encouraging people to start the spring right …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2015/03/27/hit-the-trail-opening-day-for-trails-is-saturday/