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Last day to buy tickets for Brews Cruise!

Bikes, beers, and bands. What more could you really want? How about beavers? Tomorrow is the 4th Annual Brews Cruise, brought to you buy The Lands Council. The route is an accessible bike ride along the Spokane River, starting in East Central and heading through...

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MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014

FRIDAY, JAN. 3, 2014


Remix your street

Given some of the discussion on turning Main Ave in downtown Spokane into a two-way street, this new tool called Streetmix is perfectly timed. Consider it a practive for what you want your built environment, streetscapes, and elements for drivers, bikers, and pedestrians to look...

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MONDAY, JAN. 14, 2013

THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 2012

THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012

Ceremony for Iron Bridge tonight

Never has the adage, "if you build it, they will come," rang more true. But when The Iron Bridge across the Spokane River was first completed in 1911 by the Oregon & Washington Railroad and Navigation Company, I bet they never planned on seeing what...

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MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2012


FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011

"Don't be a jerk" bike ad campaign

John Leguizamo hasn't been this funny since "The Pest." But I'm in the mood for some transportation humor as Bike To Work week fast approaches. (Have you registered yet? Do it now!) The New York Department of Transportation has a Don't Be A Jerk campaign...

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Do you wear a bicycle helmet? If not, why? 

This is a German ad from the Consumerist and it reads “Be careful when transporting fragile goods.” Pretty nasty stuff. But the question remains do you wear a helmet? On my bike commute downtown, I see too many NOT wearing a helmet even though it's...

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How bicycling will save the economy 

If we let it. Elly Blue has a series on Grist about bikes and the economy. (If this infographic isn't coming in clear, check it out here. In her latest column, she writes, "the bicycle economy, unlike its fancier cousin transit-oriented development, is not about...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 27, 2011

More jobs in bike lanes than other road projects

Just a lunchtime quickie: The Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst published a new report that indicates building pedestrian projects, bike lanes and bike boulevards create more jobs per million dollars spent than strictly focusing on road repairs and road resurfacing....

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MONDAY, DEC. 13, 2010

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24, 2010

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 10, 2010

Spokane on a U.S. bicycle highway system? 

An exciting initiative that is gaining momentum across the nation is the Adventure Cycling Association’s U.S. Bicycle Route System. The project looks at existing transportation corridors that once identified and connected, would result in a nationwide bikeway network similar in concept to interstate highway system.Adventure...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 2, 2010

Election Night Bike Ride

We have a crew. You are invited. All you need is a bike and a little faith. We’re starting at nYne Bar and Bistro, 232 West Sprague, at 6:30pm to check the action with the Children’s Investment Fund party and then headed elsewhere. Where else...

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SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2010

FRIDAY, OCT. 8, 2010

Transportation Alternatives

My new obsession: Transportation Alternatives in New York City. This is a hip, three-pronged advocacy approach that covers bicycles, pedestrian, and public transit. The organizations looks at striking a "smarter balance for all road users; one that mandates only a minimum of automobile traffic is...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 1, 2010

Cool new bike racks on East Sprague 

Don't be fooled. This is not a Tim Note endorsement. Ta-da! Below is one of the new bike racks on East Sprague. Dig the design. They were purchased by the East Sprague Business Alliance, who are working to improve the neighborhood, recognizing it as the...

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Spokane Bike and Ped Count

We need you. Yes, you. The Cascade Bicycle Club is conducting another Bike and Pedestrian Count on Oct 5-7 and volunteers are needed to help with transportation planning by collecting usage counts. Below are the Spokane locations. The times are from 7-9 am and 4-6...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 11, 2010

Pedal With The Politicians

I think this should be a more common event. After the first round of public workshops for City Of Spokane Valley Bike/Pedestrian Plan, you are invited to help showcase the needs and opportunities for Valley cycling. Join local bicyclists, elected officials, and staff for an...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 10, 2010

Tuesday Video: Bikestravaganza

How fortunate are we that Bikestravaganza: Off The Chainring Tour is coming to town? Spokane is positioning itself well for improving bike infrastructure and there are so many bike events this month, the momentum is evident. But you can’t miss this next fun event.On Monday,...

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