The Washington State Department of Transportation is going green to try and make a large highway intersection a bit safer to ride a bike on.
Vancouver are the right direction for Washington,
it’s time to make your voice heard.
(Photo: Dan Packard)
Do you like the new buffered bike lanes along MacArthur in Vancouver? Want a multi-use path out to Vancouver Lake? How about a 33 mile trail through the county near Battle Ground? Face dangerous conditions biking to work or can’t find a safe way to get around your neighborhood? Worried that your kid may be injured biking to school?
Residents of SW Washington will have a chance next week to tell legislators that we want and need more bicycle and pedestrian facilities in our communities and that they should be part of a statewide transportation package.
are actually polluting when they ride” because,
“the act of riding a bike results in greater
emissions of carbon dioxide from the rider.”
A high-ranking Washington legislator has added insult to injury in his support for a bike tax by claiming that bicycling is not environmentally friendly because people who ride bikes pollute the air when they breathe.
An email that surfaced online today from Washington State Representative Ed Orcutt (R-Kalama) outlines his position on the transportation tax recently proposed by Democrats in the Washington legislature (read update below for source of the email). As we shared a few weeks ago, part of the tax package includes a tax on the sale of bicycles. Rep. Orcutt is staunchly opposed to taxes of any kind and is even opposed to the gas tax increases in this legislation; but in an email dated February 25th, Orcutt expresses his support for the bicycle tax provision. Most of his argument is not terribly surprising: He believes only people who drive pay for the roads, “So it only makes sense that bicyclists would be required to pay for the ‘roads’ they use.”
But in his email (full text below) that was posted to Twitter this morning by Seattle resident Astrid Rial and has been authenticated by Seattle Bike Blog he writes, “bicyclists are actually polluting when they ride” because, “the act of riding a bike results in greater emissions of carbon dioxide from the rider.”
This year, Washington State lawmakers will consider a new safe passing law. The bill, House Bill 1018 (PDF), is just one part of what’s been dubbed as the “Mutual Responsibility Bill.” It appears to have support from both sides of the aisle (in total, eight democrats and three republicans support it) and seems to stand a better chance of passage than a similar attempt in 2008.
What’s in Washington’s bill, and how does it compare with Oregon’s existing safe passing law?
Event Name: Longview Grand Prix Criterium
Event Start Date: 14 August 2010
Start Time: 12:00:00 PM
Web Site: http://www.highlander-cycling.com
Event Description: This .5 mile Criterium will take place in the Longview Civic Center. This is a FAST course! Three lanes wide…pure speed…pour it on and let it go!
10 races between noon and 8:00 p.m. Categories 1-5, Pro, Masters, Juniors, a FIXIE race and a FREE kids race. Entry fee for first race is $30 – each additional race is $10. Juniors and FIXIE races are $10. Kids race is FREE.
$2,300 CASH PURSE plus prizes and preems. This is an OBRA sanctioned race. OBRA rules of racing apply and an OBRA license is required to race. One day licenses available at the race for $5. Register at www.OBRA.org or www.highlander-cycling.com
Presented by Highlander Cycling – 1313 Commerce Avenue Longview, WA 98632
Call for information @ 360-353-4790.
Map: Monticello Hotel at 1405 17th Avenue Longview, WA
[News intern Alaya Wyndham-Price spent the recent holiday in Walla Walla, Washington. She checked in on the local bike scene and shares her report below.]
(Photo: Alaya Wyndham-Price)
Like Portland, it snowed in Walla Walla during the holidays, about four inches of the white stuff fell and then slightly froze to the ground — typical weather for this small valley town in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, about 250 miles from Portland. The town of about 58,000 is best known for farming, college, and wine.
I’ve been visiting Walla Walla for seven years now, and riding around the area, particularly on the trails outside the town proper. But it wasn’t till this trip that I realized how invested in cycling the community is here.