The dark season is upon us, which means it's time for the annual ritual when folks hotly debate the dos and don'ts of running and riding at night. Even avid, long-time area cyclists are surprised to learn that blinking front lights are illegal on bikes in Washington state. They are only allowed on emergency vehicles. Despite the prohibition, light manufacturers produce all … [Read more...] about Ride Safely at Night
The dark season is upon us, which means it's time for the annual ritual when folks hotly debate the dos and don'ts of running and riding at night. Seattle native, cyclist, and ultra runner Martin Criminale recommends reflective clothing and rechargeable lights: "In my experience, neon or bright clothing makes zero difference when it comes to being seen. You either need a … [Read more...] about Run Safely at Night
One of the most exciting new developments in regional transportation alternatives has been the multi-use trail on the new Hwy 520 Floating Bridge across Lake Washington. The trail opened on December 20 and has had more that more than 70,000 trips to date. The new trail significantly shortens bike commutes between the east side and Seattle, and enables new route options for … [Read more...] about The 520 Trail: Love It or Hate It?
Saturday morning between 8 and 9 I was cycling northbound on the Burke Gilman Trail (aka the "BGT" or simply "the trail") to join a group ride at Log Boom Park. The BGT is a 27-mile multi-use recreational trail that runs from Ballard, along the Lake Washington Ship Canal, then along the northwest shore of Lake Washington to Kenmore at the north end of Lake Washington. At … [Read more...] about Self-Restraint on the BGT
A fun and easy way to get people involved in your rides (be they mountain or road) is to come up with a theme. A theme adds an element of fun, helps to build relationships, and can take the pressure off of riders who are worried about keeping up with faster, more competitive cyclists. Since cyclists generally love to eat and drink, starting, stopping at, or ending your … [Read more...] about Involve Your Friends in a Themed Ride