It’s loud. It’s funny looking. It’s pointless, really. But it’s also very innovative and I must admit, I kind of want to try it, wouldn’t you?
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Enjoying the Pacific Northwest on two wheels just got a bit easier. The Washington State Department of Transportation and Amtrak recently added more bicycle storage racks to all Amtrak Cascades trains, with space for 10 bicycles now available.
“Washington is a six-time champ as the top bicycle-friendly state and these bike racks will make it easier for bicyclists to combine Amtrak Cascades and bicycle travel to tour the Pacific Northwest – from Eugene, Ore. to Vancouver, BC, and all stops in between,” said Washington Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson in a statement.
On-board bicycle storage racks must be reserved in advance and can only accommodate standard bicycles. The racks allow Amtrak staff to hang and secure standard bicycles on the walls of baggage cars. Tandem, recumbent, or other specialized bicycles will require a bicycle bag or box and must be checked as baggage at staffed Amtrak stations. Travelers who do not have a bicycle box can purchase one at staffed Amtrak stations for $15.
Riders can reserve a seat and bike space online or by calling 1-800 -USA- RAIL.
Bikes are the world’s most fun, accessible way to get around and posters are the world’s most fun, accessible art form. ARTCRANK brings them together.
Since 2007 ARTCRANK has been staging live events featuring bicycle-inspired posters created by local artists. For the first time ever, ARTCRANK will be coming to Seattle.
On Saturday, June 29, the show will feature limited edition, bike-inspired posters created by 24 Seattle artists with the goal of introducing people to talented local artists and sending them home with affordable, original works of art.
Mayor Mike McGinn and librarians from The Seattle Public Library are launching a pilot program to bring library services to popular community events via bike this summer.
The program, titled Books on Bikes, was the inspiration of Montlake Branch Librarian Jared Mills, who submitted the idea to a staff committee for grant funding.
“I thought it would be great to combine two things Seattle loves: our libraries and bikes,” said Mills.
Books on Bikes is a full-service library model, able to provide people with digital downloads, access to library magazines for smartphones and tables, help with signing up for a library card, information about free Library program and more.
A total of 11 Library staff members make up the Books on Bikes team and they will pedal the Books on Bikes trailers, constructed by Colin Stevens from Haulin’ Colin, to local parks and celebrations this summer.
“This is a great program that will help people access library services wherever they are” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “Books on Bikes will build awareness of library resources, as well as of the health benefits and fun of bike riding.”
The Defense Department has a new hi-tech device: a folding bicycle.
A new folding mountain bike developed with a Defense Department grant allows soldiers to drop into combat zones from the air, ready to ride. The Montague Paratrooper, which folds in 20 seconds, is designed to offer speed and silence and stay off enemy radar.