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Abandoned dockless vehicles: cars vs. bicycles

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:57
You’ve undoubtedly seen the fear-and-loathing photographs of thousands of unused dockless bicycles strewn about in huge piles in China. A number of bike-share companies received investor funding for bike rental systems and installed them in cities throughout China. There’s been more supply than demand, creating  a huge problem of unused dockless bikes. Some of those …

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Lance Armstrong pays $5 million in fraud settlement

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 16:31
Pro cycling cheat Lance Armstrong has settled his fraud lawsuit brought by the U.S. government for $5 million, it was announced on Thursday. Prosecutors were seeking up to $100 million in damages. After fending off accusations for years that he had doped his way to seven Tour de France championships, Armstrong admitted in 2013 that …

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Choosing a name for John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Iron Horse State Park

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 09:38
Is it time to rename the popular bicycle touring trail that crosses most of the state of Washington from Rattlesnake Lake to the Idaho border? The state says its considering changing the name of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail that runs through Iron Horse State Park and is asking the public to weigh in. The John …

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Section of John Wayne Pioneer Trail closed in Eastern Washington

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 10:24
The state Department of Natural Resources last week closed a section of the cross-state John Wayne Pioneer Trail in eastern Washington for an indefinite period between Beverly and Lind. In a press release on Friday, the DNR said it closed this segment of the trail due to a lack of funding to perform maintenance. Although …

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More than 100 bike rides to celebrate Opening Day for Trails on Saturday

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 09:43
Opening Day is a highlight for baseball fans, signaling the start of the national pastime. The Rails to Trails Conservancy wants to do the same for trail use, naming Saturday, April 7, as Opening Day for Trails. The nonprofit supporter for rail-to-trail conversions across the nation aims to kickstart spring trail use with more than …

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Pierce County’s Foothills Trail open for bicycling from East Puyallup to Buckley

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 09:08
The long wait is over. Bicyclists can now take the paved Foothills Trail from the East Puyallup trailhead, through Orting and South Prairie, and into Buckley -- a distance of 21 miles. (more)

Complete solitude on Arctic bicycle journey

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 08:29
Traveling alone by bicycle is one thing. Bicycling alone through the frozen Canadian Arctic is something altogether different. UK-based filmmaker Ben Page found that out on his 3-year around the world bicycle journey. In the introduction to his 24-minute film of his Canadian adventure — “The Frozen Road” — Ben says that he sought to …

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Protect bicyclists and pedestrians by prohibiting blind self-driving vehicles from the streets

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 13:02
Now that bicyclists and pedestrians in Tempe, Arizona, have learned they’re part of a failed lab experiment, perhaps it is time to restrict testing of self-driving cars on city streets. Tempe Police Vehicular Crimes Unit is actively investigating the details of this incident that occurred on March 18th. We will provide updated information regarding the …

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Q&A: Bicycling the Pacific Coast – Deep forests, sunny beaches, and driving rain

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 10:52
Seattle bicycling writer Bill Thorness says riding a bicycle down the Pacific Coast is an epic adventure. I found that opinion hard to dispute after talking to him about his recent guidebook — “Cycling the Pacific Coast: The Complete Guide from Canada to Mexico.” Published by Mountaineers Books in partnership with the Adventure Cycling Association, …

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Garneau recalls non-compliant bicycle helmets

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 08:37
Helmet-maker Louis Garneau is recalling 1,200 bicycle helmets sold in the US and Canada after discovering that the Course-style helmets in matte colors degrade over time and don’t comply with the impact requirements set by those countries’ safety standards. Owners should stop using the helmets, which pose a risk for injury, and contact Louis Garneau …

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New Eastside Rail Corridor is ready for bicycles

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 16:40
If you’re looking to explore “new” bicycling routes on Seattle’s Eastside this weekend, you can visit the two, long-awaited, completed sections of the Eastside Rail Corridor. For all intents and purposes, a 4-mile section between Newcastle Beach Park in Bellevue and Coulon Park in Renton is open, as is a 1-mile segment connected to the …

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Gun maker’s cycling products are targets of boycott

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 09:07
Bicycling advocates are calling for a boycott of popular Bell, Giro, Blackburn,  CamelBak, and CoPilot products after discovering that they’re made by the same company — Vista Outdoor — that also makes assault rifles and ammunition. At least one retailer, MEC of Canada, has announced it would stop selling Vista products. The Utah-based Vista Outdoor …

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Texas-based bicycle writer killed in roadside crash

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 13:37
Freelance bicycle writer Andrew Tilin was killed on the shoulder of a Texas highway last week after he had pulled off the road to fix a flat tire. Tilin’s writings appeared in Outside magazine and elsewhere. He’s also known his book, “The Doper Next Door,” about his experiences doping with testosterone while competing as an …

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Specialized Bicycle recalls 5,500 Allez model bikes

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 11:09
Morgan Hill, CA-based Specialized Bicycle Components is delivering the first of its replacement forks for 5,500 Allez model bicycles that were recalled after a report of a cracked fork. The company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends owners stop riding the bicycles and contact their dealer to learn how to get free installation of …

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Plan now for Bike Travel Weekend in June

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:04
With half of the nation covered in snow in mid-February, perhaps this is a good time to start dreaming about warm weather pursuits, like an overnight bike ride this summer. The Adventure Cycling Association wants to inspire such a trip during Bike Travel Weekend on June 1-3. This is the third year that the nonprofit …

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RAGBRAI announces flat bike route for 2018

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 15:47
Do you like flat bike rides? Organizers announced the 2018 route for the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, and it’s the fourth flattest in RAGBRAI history. You might assume that any ride across Iowa would be flat. But the state’s rolling topography means that some of the past 400-plus-mile bike tours have rivaled …

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WA bicycle trails get funding: List includes John Wayne Pioneer, Whitehorse, Centennial and Olympic Discovery trails

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 14:49
Washington state legislators finally approved a state capital budget last week that includes millions of dollars for bicycle trail improvements. The 2017-2019 budget was drafted for passage in June 2017, but dysfunction at the Olympic junction created an impasse between Republicans and Democrats, delaying final approval until this past Thursday. The SSB 6090 budget summary …

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Newest section of East Lake Sammamish Trail reopens Wednesday

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 09:01
Crews worked frantically on Tuesday to finish up odds and ends for King County's "grand reopening" of a 1.2-mile segment of the East Lake Sammamish Trail at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Finishing touches to trail plaza at newly reopened section of East Lake Sammamish Trail[/caption] The section -- roughly between SE 33rd St. and SE 43rd Way in Sammamish -- is the penultimate section of the 11-mile trail between Redmond and Issaquah to be upgraded from crushed gravel to pavement. The extensive work during the year-long closure will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the new Trail Plaza at SE 33rd St. ....

Bicyclists flock to new bike trail on WA 520 Bridge

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:48
A break in the dreary winter weather in Seattle made for a rare sunny day on Sunday. Local bicycle riders answered the call with a visit to the area’s newest bicycling attraction — the 520 Bike Trail across the WA 520 bridge. The floating bridge replaced an older structure, dating originally to 1963, that carried …

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Sub-freezing weather doesn’t derail promotional bike tour to CES

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:04
The year’s first publicity stunt using a bicycle is currently underway. A long-distance cyclist is burning rubber across the US  to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to promote an electric-assist bicycle wheel that is controlled by Google Assistant. You can follow at Completing the 2,826-mile ride from New York City in 10 …

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