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Getting There: Spokane moves up national bike rankings as city preps amendments to plan

The PeopleforBikes ranking of cities' bicycle systems placed Spokane at 37th, noting the city had some ground to make up to ensure riders in all areas of the city had equal access to transit options. That's the goal of the city's amendments to its Master Bike Plan, which are currently open for comments and should come before the Spokane City Council by the end of the summer. 

Getting There: State calling for volunteers to count walkers, bicyclists

The Washington state Department of Transportation is asking for the public’s help to count the number of people walking or bicycling to their destinations. Volunteers are being enlisted to provide raw data for the state’s eighth annual Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project, from Sept. 29 through Oct. 1. Sign-ups have started.

Spokane maintains bronze rating for bike-friendliness

When it comes to commuting on two wheels, Spokane is no Portland or Minneapolis, but it has maintained its status among their vaunted ranks. The city announced Tuesday that it has retained its bronze-level bicycle-friendly designation from the League of American Bicyclists, reflecting its growing numbers of bike commuters, bike lanes and efforts to educate the public about cycling’s health benefits. But city officials say there’s more work to be done.

Harassment still a road threat for cyclists

When it comes to biking on the road, Jenni Gaertner rides by the rules. She straps on a helmet, wears reflective clothing, goes with the flow of traffic and is as unassuming as the vehicles that travel with her. That’s why Gaertner, on a recent Sunday ride from her home in Coeur d’Alene through Liberty Lake and Spokane Valley, broke down in tears after three separate episodes of harassment from passing motorists. One incident, in which a man suggested she wouldn’t win a fight with his truck, prompted her to memorize the license plate and report it to police.

Lilac City Twilight Criterium bike races return to downtown

Don’t try to talk to Spokane Rocket Velo President Alan Jacob on the day of the Lilac City Twilight Criterium. He’s got dozens of racing cyclists, nearly a mile of blocked-off downtown Spokane roads and the occasional rogue biker to contend with. “We need you to get off the course, dude,” the emcee calls at a man riding through the fenced-off track Saturday afternoon. The man shoots him a thumbs-up before veering off as a group of men on road bikes barrel toward him.

Amputee riding for Spokane boy

LARAMIE, Wyo. – A man without arms is crossing Wyoming on a cross-country bicycle tour to raise money for a boy born without hands or forearms. Hector Picard lost his right arm and part of his left arm after being shocked in 1992 while working in Florida. He went on to become a triathlete and is biking from Miami to Washington state to help pay for prosthetic arms for 1-year-old Jameson Davis, of Spokane.

Getting There: Spokane urged to fight ‘ugly’ signs

The president of the Scenic America organization has a message for the Inland Northwest: Make your cities as beautiful as they can be. Mary Tracy was in Spokane last week for the 15th annual National Alliance of Highway Beautification Agencies conference at the Davenport Hotel.

Getting There: Work on second corridor circle begins

Construction crews are launching yet another step in the multistage construction of the North Spokane Corridor. Work will start today on a second roundabout on North Freya Street to handle interchange traffic for the southbound lanes just north of Francis Avenue.

Veteran vouches for Smart Cycling class

We learn to bicycle when we’re young. No license is required. But it’s not just kid stuff, as you can learn in one of the League of American Bicyclists’ classes being offered in Spokane. As Spokane cyclist Cindy Green put it, “Even after 4,000 miles of bike touring and three years of bike commuting in Washington, D.C., I learned so much in this class I became an instructor.”

Initial bike event draws varied crowd with its deals

About 1,300 bicyclists – experienced and novice, young and old – descended on the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center on Saturday to buy, sell and trade bikes at what organizers hope will become an annual celebration of cycling. “We really wanted it to be for the community,” said LeAnn Yamamoto, event director of the first Spokane Bike Swap. “Really, it’s to get people thinking about bicycling. Whether it’s for fitness, transportation or recreation, it’s a healthy lifestyle.”