A Trip to RAGBRAI

A Trip to RAGBRAI

By Chris Blinzinger Last year during our ride to Colorado, John and I talked about the idea of riding in/to a different part of the Country. For the past four years, John Monroe and I have toured the Intermountain West that included riding in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and Nevada. It’s no secret to those […]

Federal Government Makes it Harder to Implement Rail Trails

Federal Government Makes it Harder to Implement Rail Trails

By Charles Pekow It could get harder to turn an abandoned railroad into a bike path. The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has proposed amending its rules to put a three-year cap on the negotiation period for a conversion, “absent extraordinary circumstances.” Current law allows an unlimited number of six-month delays to negotiate a deal. STB […]

Study Shows Bike Lanes are Good For Business

Study Shows Bike Lanes are Good For Business

By Charles Pekow You’ve heard it before but here’s one more example you can cite to argue that bike lanes help business. An academic study in San Francisco found bike lanes “rarely produce profoundly negative outcomes, and that they are often associated with positive business performance outcomes.” But they affect different types of enterprises differently. […]

Zion Canyon Ramble

Zion Canyon Ramble

By Wayne Cottrell The Zion Canyon Ramble is a nifty but dense 19.8-mile, out-and-back ride from Springdale to Zion National Park and back, in southwestern Utah. The ride is “dense” in that the route is chock full of outstanding, monumental scenery. The net climbing is 664 feet. Although the ride is relatively short, taking your […]

Congress Looks at Recreational Trails Program Funding

Congress Looks at Recreational Trails Program Funding

By Charles Pekow So just where is the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funding going? A few senators want a better idea and have introduced the RTP Full Funding Act of 2018 (S. 3604), which would require a study every five years of how much money from nonhighway recreational fuel taxes is going into the Highway […]

New Planning Tools for Safer Roads for Bikes and Pedestrians

New Planning Tools for Safer Roads for Bikes and Pedestrians

By Charles Pekow A few new tools can help communities make the roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians, direct from Washington, DC. The Guidebook on Identification of High Pedestrian Crash Locations (https://tinyurl.com/ydarfsak), a manual for traffic planners from the Federal Highway Administration includes tips for improving bicyclist safety, acknowledging that agencies need to take a […]

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