Joint Federal/SDOT report shows RapidRide J and new bike lanes would move far more people + Town hall Thursday

Map of the project noting where bike and bus improvements will happen.It’s hard to think of many potential bike lanes in Seattle as important and fundamentally game-changing as Eastlake Ave. I would probably put it at number two behind only Rainier Ave. There is no other viable option for a quality bike route along the east side of Lake Union between the University Bridge and South Lake Union.

Not only is the route today is one of the most dangerous for people biking, but it will also some day connect to the 520 Trail once the state completes their new connection between Montlake and I-5. So if you think Eastlake Ave is important today, just wait a decade when it becomes the most direct bike route between much of the Eastside and Seattle.

But bike lanes on Eastlake are not just about people biking through the neighborhood. They are also about opening up the neighborhood to customers on bike and providing more residents with a safe way to bike to and from their homes. And this is a chance to support local businesses and build more capacity for people to get there by bus and bike.

The Eastlake Ave remake is part of the larger RapidRide J project, which would include major bus priority improvements between downtown and Roosevelt. Because the project is due to receive significant Federal funding, it is currently undergoing a Federal environmental assessment (PDF). That’s where you come in. You can voice your support for the project, especially the Eastlake bike lanes, via this online comment form and by attending an open house or town hall meeting this week. The biggest meeting is likely to be Thursday’s 6 p.m. town hall at TOPS Elementary with Councilmember Alex Pedersen. From Share the Cities:

Show up to CM Alex Pedersen’s town hall at TOPS elementary school tell your personal story and connection to Eastlake and to show support for climate friendly changes and safety improvements in Eastlake that help all of us move throughout our city.

Let’s gather at 5:50 pm in one section of seats to show support. Share The Cities will be bringing small hand held paper signs & stickers to show support.

Handmade signs are welcome.

There are also drop-in open houses about the project all week:

January 28, 5-9PM, REI
222 Yale Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

January 29, 12-4PM, Starbucks
2344 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

January 30, 9AM-12PM, Starbucks
6417 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

February 1, 9AM-12PM, University Family YMCA
5003 12th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Of course there is room for improvement in some areas, such as short sections of bike lane without a barrier or intersections that could use a higher level of protection. But the core of the Seattle/Federal preferred design is very good and worthy of support. We’ll do a block-by-block breakdown of the project in a future post.


The project would replace or improve sidewalks near the 23 new stations and would build 200 new curb ramps. Existing crosswalks along the whole route would also be “upgraded to current standards.”

The report notes that Fairview and Eastlake “experience some of the highest numbers of bicycle collisions in the corridor (40 between 2012 and 2017)” and that the project “would improve safety for all users by allowing for greater separation between bicyclists and motor vehicles/buses and reducing conflicts, providing greater predictability of people on bicycles and reducing the potential for conflicts at intersections.”

The project team conducted a ridiculously exhaustive, 100-page study of Eastlake bike route options (PDF). That’s 33 pages longer than the Seattle/Federal environmental assessment for the entire RapidRide J project. After all analyzing nine different options, the project team discovered that the preferred alternative is the best option because:

  • Fewest potential conflicts at intersections and driveways
  • Most straightforward and intuitive route – Other routes require several turns off Eastlake Ave E so people riding bikes may be confused or choose to continue on Eastlake, slowing transit speeds
  • Access to all 8 RapidRide stops and TOPS K-8 school
  • Maintains the turn lane and planted median on Eastlake Ave E

The report also cites Seattle’s new Bicycle Safety Ordinance, passed in September, noting that the bike lanes are consistent with the ordinance. If they were to remove the lanes, the ordinance would require the project to report to the Seattle City Council. But as it is, the bike lanes don’t require further Council approval. That ordinance is great, and here you can see how it flips the script and makes building the Bicycle Master Plan the logistically easier option for a project team by requiring extra Council process if they stray from the plan.

The bicycle facilities would serve the Project by providing access to the transit stations along the corridor, connect with existing bicycle facilities, and fill an existing gap in the regional bicycle network, thereby improving bicycle connections with the transit system. The PBLs would buffer the bicycle lane from the travel lanes and improve safety for bicyclists by separating them from other modes and removing them from mixed traffic. City Council Ordinance 125902 requires SDOT to construct PBLs that were identified in the Bicycle Master Plan whenever constructing a major paving project or alternatively provide a report to City Council if SDOT determines that the characteristics of the physical features or usage of a street, or financial constraints of full compliance, prevent the incorporation of PBLs with adequate directionality. The PBLs on Fairview Ave N, Eastlake Ave E, and 11th/12th Ave NE are consistent with the ordinance and therefore do not require reporting to the City Council.


There are currently between 4,271 and 4,589 on-street parking spaces along the whole RapidRide J projects, and the average use rate is between 72% and 85%. The preferred design would remove 471 to 699 spots (depending on peak-hour parking restrictions), which is about 11% of the parking along the route. However, the bulk of the parking removal (325 spaces) will be on Eastlake Ave where there is not room for safe bike lanes, bus priority and on-street parking. This is the biggest trade-off in the project, and will almost certainly be the focus of public debate, so let’s see what the report has to say about it:

During mid-day, on-street parking along Eastlake Ave E is well utilized with more than 90% of the on-street parking stalls on Eastlake Ave E in the Eastlake commercial district14 occupied. Additionally, approximately 25% of these vehicles parked on-street along Eastlake Ave E during the mid-day are for durations over 4 hours. Longer durations are assumed to be associated with employee or residential parking. An overnight study of parking in the Eastlake neighborhood had relatively low utilization on Eastlake Ave E (34%), likely because residents may not use available parking after businesses and restaurants close in the evenings and because of early morning parking restricted zones for the southbound curb lane.

This suggests something we saw during the Westlake remake and points to a potential solution for the business district: A lot of people are parking along Eastlake all day while they go to work, perhaps as a way to avoid paying high parking rates in South Lake Union and downtown. As a result, they are using parking that could otherwise be used for short-term stops into Eastlake businesses. It is not in Eastlake’s or the city’s best interests to use valuable road space as a commuter park and ride. So as parking spaces are removed, the city will look into converting more of the side street parking near the business district into short-term or paid parking. Expanding or modifying residential parking zones might also be part of the solution, allowing residents to park all-day while visitors are limited to 2 or 4 hours. And there are quite a few streets that limit parking to only one side of the street, so the city could allow parking on both sides where feasible.

Supporting local businesses

Public street space is very valuable, and public parking near local businesses should be designed to support those businesses. That’s also part of the focus behind the bus, bike and walking improvements in this project: Helping everyone get there more easily and safely. Sometimes public debates about on-street parking acts as though parking is all that matters to local businesses, but that mindset erases the bulk of business district shoppers who get there by walking, biking and transit.

Though Seattle did not study Eastlake in particular, they did conduct customer intercept surveys in a number of business districts around town back in 2012. Basically, surveyors stopped people on the sidewalks outside stores and asked them how they got there. The two areas closest to Eastlake showed the vast majority of customers walked there. In Fremont, only 22% of customers drove while 86% walked, biked or took transit. On nearby Capitol Hill, the result was even more dramatic. In fact, more people biked there than drove alone:

Chart showing a breakdown of how customers arrived to various business districts in Seattle.

Because these surveys were taken in 2012, they doesn’t capture the growth in ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. Likewise, it does not capture bike share.

The Eastlake bike lanes will support local businesses by finally making it safe for people to get there by bike. And unlike with on-street car parking, bike lanes provide a lot of headroom to grow. As more people bike, the potential for more customers also increases. And the transit improvements will increase capacity to move people along the street by 10% to 14%. Car parking, on the other hand, pretty much hits a hard customer ceiling once it is full.

Eastlake residents have long had among the highest bike commute rates in the city, with upwards of 7% of residents biking as their primary way of getting to work even nearly a decade ago (sadly, this 2013 Gene Balk piece is no longer functional on the Seattle Times website, though Curbed noted that Eastlake ranked fourth in the city for bike commuting. Yes, the 2010 Census data is getting very old, but we will have a much more granular look at commute habits by neighborhood when the 2020 data is released.).

So these bike lanes are not just about providing a high quality regional bike route connection, which they will, they are also about serving the many people who live in Eastlake and bike to get around.

Car travel time is expected to increase by about 2 minutes when the line first opens, but projections to 2040 suggest car travel times would actually be shorter than if the project was not built thanks to the reduced congestion as more people take the rapid transit line. Either way, full corridor car travel time should not be a project priority. Eastlake is right next to I-5, so people driving fully through the area should just go there. Providing spill-over capacity for people trying to shave a minute off their I-5 trip is bad for the neighborhood and should be discouraged at best or at least not a priority.

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Bike Route Alert 1/27: Awful 2-week sidewalk detour on Montlake Blvd near SR 520 starts Monday

Map of the sidewalk closure and detour route. The sidewalk is closed on the east side of Montlake Blvd between East North Street and East Lake Washington Blvd and on East Lake Washington Blvd from Montlake Blvd to 24th Avenue East. The detour crosses Montlake Blvd at signalized intersections at East Lake Washington Blvd and just north of East Roanoke Street, and poeple walking and biking are to use the west sidewalk between those streets..So you finally got used to biking around the SR 520 construction in Montlake, eh? I have bad news. It’s about to get way worse for two weeks.

Starting as soon as Monday, people walking and biking on the east sidewalk, the current designated route, will have to cross Montlake Blvd twice to use the west sidewalk to get around a closure of the sidewalk between E Lake Washington Blvd and E North Street.

This is especially rough because using the east sidewalk was already a poor bike detour ever since the state closed biking and walking access across the 24th Ave E bridge in September. The signal at Lake Washington Blvd only has a crosswalk on the south side and there’s a slip lane for traffic to turn right from Montlake Blvd to Lake Washington Blvd. So everyone will need to squeeze into this tiny little triangle surrounded on all sides by traffic and wait for the walk signal:

Photo of a small triangle of space in the intersection where crosswalks meet. Two people on bike share bikes are crossing.

Once this is the only biking and walking option, is everyone going to fit in the little triangle?

This is not a good detour. People biking and walking are already squeezed too much in this area, and this just makes it ridiculous. The triangle problem aside, there’s a good chance that everyone walking and biking will need to wait for three long signals now instead of just one, which could add several minutes to your one-block journey across Lake Washington Blvd, depending on your signal luck. And that’s the best case scenario: That you waste a significant amount of time.

A worse case is that it might be annoying enough that some people will just risk walking or biking around the construction instead, a dangerous but entirely predictable result of an inadequate detour. The 520 team needs to do better than this. This is a situation the screams out for a temporary path in the street around the construction zone. The right thing to do would be to reduce the number of traffic lanes from five to four rather than put everyone biking and walking in this possibly precarious position.

If this is really how the detour works come Monday, then folks who are willing and able may do better to just take the lane on Lake Washington Blvd for the block between 24th Ave E and Montlake Blvd. Once on 24th, follow the signs for the Lake Washington Loop. It’s odd and takes you down an alley, but it works. This is obviously not a solution for everyone, but is it much worse than squeezing into that triangle if there are a bunch of people already there? The state is forcing you to choose between two bad options here.

I’m sure people will figure it out and make it work because anyone who walks or bikes in this town is used to awful construction detours by now. But that doesn’t make it OK. This is part of a $4.6 billion publicly-funded project. Washingtonians deserve better than this.

WSDOT notes that even after this two-week closure, work on this water line will require periodic closures for the next couple years. More planning and care needs to go into those future detours.

Details from WSDOT:

As early as next Monday, Jan. 27, crews will begin work on an access pit at the corner of East North Street and Montlake Boulevard. This work requires a closure of a portion of East North Street and sidewalk closures along Montlake and Lake Washington boulevards. These closures will be in place 24 hours a day for approximately two weeks. Local residents will have access to their homes via 24th Avenue East. For your safety, please follow the signed detour routes.

This closure is the first of several intermittent closures crews will implement to replace a 54-inch-diameter city water line that runs beneath the highway. The water-line installation work will take place in stages, requiring periodic detours throughout 2020 and potentially into 2021.

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The Daily: UW program offers students quarterly bike rentals

Photo of a bike at a bike rack.

Photo from U Bike. Grocery basket is optional.

Imagine if instead of buying the cheapest bike you could find on Craigslist for getting around as a college student, you could rent a quality Kona complete with helmet, lock and lights all for just $75 per quarter. Well, UW students now can thanks to the U Bike bicycle library program.

This is a pretty solid deal, especially for students who aren’t sure whether they are going to bike enough to make buying a bike worth it. Throwing down the $600 a bike like the Kona Dew would cost new is a lot of money for many college students. Sure, DIY-minded folks can piece things together with much lower-cost used bikes, but many people aren’t interested in learning bike maintenance. They just want a fun, reliable and affordable way to get around.

The program grew out of a senior project in Community, Environment, and Planning by alum Cole Laush, according to The Daily:

“By providing students [with] a quarterly bicycle rental service, we hope to educate users on how a bicycle can fit into their everyday life,” Laush said. “I believe this experience will encourage users to continue cycling into the future, or at least give a user insight into the barriers cyclists face.”

While operating within the UW campus, the program’s overall purpose is to contribute to the growth of Seattle’s cycling culture, leading to a more equitable, livable, and sustainable city.

“More bikes on the road means a reduction in emissions, more connected cities, healthy citizens and safer streets,” Laush said.

Read more…

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People who don’t let snow stop them from biking offer some advice

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is by Emma Scher through our partnership with UW’s Community News Lab journalism course.

Photo of a person unlocking a bike from a bike rack with snowy ground in the background.

MBA student Vehro Titcomb unlocks his bike and prepares to commute from the University of Washington to pick up his three-year-old daughter from preschool. He was one of the many Seattle bicyclists who chose to commute through this week’s snowy weather conditions, an option that SDOT has recommended over driving. Photo by Emma Scher.

Heather Eliason wore spikes on her shoes to help her slow down and gain traction on the ice when she biked on snowy and icy Seattle streets in years past. Eliason used her bike as transportation around Seattle almost exclusively before moving to Germany last year. She also kept her tires deflated to increase traction when biking in winter weather and knows other Seattleites who have begun using studded tires.

“If it was too slushy or icy I’d go in the car lane and typically go in the middle. If you go too far to the right they will pass you too closely but if you go in the middle, they’re more likely to go completely around you,” she said.

This week’s snowy forecast doesn’t mean you need to stop biking to work, but locals and experts recommend using caution, bundling up, and buying appropriate gear to make your commute successful.

SDOT spokesperson Ethan Bergerson said to slow down, be cautious of lower visibility, and be aware that drivers may be navigating unfamiliar conditions. He also noted that as temperatures drop below freezing, black ice may be a cause of increased concern for both bikers and drivers.

“One of the biggest concerns over the next few days is going to be ice,” he said. “This morning we had a lot of bare and wet pavement which means that the roads and bike trails were wet but didn’t have snow accumulated on them, which is good for right now but when the weather drops below freezing black ice can be really dangerous.”

Bergerson recommends that commuters check the snow plow routes, since they prioritize plowing routes to hospitals and major transit routes. SDOT does have smaller snow plows to clear protected bike lanes, but has to wait until larger plows get to the roads before addressing the bike lanes, Bergerson said.

“Responding to snow events can be tough,” he said. “We can’t be everywhere at once. We’ve got a few small plows that will be in protected bike lanes, and we have to do it in that specific order.”

Lisa Enns, a West Seattle resident, said that her neighborhood hasn’t seen any snow yet, but she also dealt with slush accumulation in years past. She said that when she biked the Burke-Gilman bike trail in 2019, her morning commute when the powder was fresh was easy, but by the nighttime, the slush was so bad that she had to switch to main roads.

“I was trying to ride on the Burke-Gilman and it was so slushy and sloppy that it was physically difficult to get my bike through,” she said. “I ended up just hopping out on the road and caused the cars to pass, and it probably wasn’t super safe but it was much easier.”

Bergerman also noted that SDOT oftentimes can’t plow some neighborhood roads due to blocks like speed bumps and roundabouts that plows cannot navigate. Despite Seattle having its snowiest winter in a decade last year, the city still lacks rules that require residents to move their cars for snow plows, as is the case in some places on the East Coast.

Bill Brown, social media manager at Ride Bicycles Bike Shop on Roosevelt Way, said biking year-round is completely feasible if properly prepared. Before moving to Seattle from Chicago last year, he biked to work every day for eight or nine years. He stressed exercising caution in the snowy weather, especially in your speed when turning.

“Make sure you’re warm and comfortable. If you’re cold you’re gonna be a little more likely to be on edge and get in an accident. Make sure it’s all tuned up and your brakes are working well,” he said. “I think it’s a lot of fun to ride in the snow, just make sure you’re dressed appropriately.”

Seattle saw a significant spike in bike commuters between 2018 and 2019 during SDOT bike counts. The Fremont Bridge bike counter tallied over 1.1 million bikers in 2019. That’s an increase of more than 136,000 people from the year before, setting a new record.

SDOT said that it’s working to facilitate bike commutes; a statement released by SDOT on Monday even advised that Seattleites leave their cars at home and instead opt for biking, busing, or walking over driving, if possible.

Bar chart comparing Fremont Bridge bike counts Jan 6 of 2,845 to Jan 13 of 1,176. Bar chart comparing Spokane Street Bridge bike counts Jan 6 of 604 to Jan 13 of 345. On Monday, about half as many bikers were out in the snow compared to the week prior when temperatures were in the 40s, according to city bike counters on the Fremont and Lower Spokane bridges.

You can check your route with SDOT’s snow response map, which indicates which roads have been treated and when, which roads are closed, where responses are planned, and where there have been roadway incidents.

“If anything, the hardcore biker that wants to bike in the snow, hats off to them,” Bergerson said. “But we want to do what we can to make that a safe option.”

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Funding, legalizing the ‘safety stop’ on WA Bikes’ agenda in Olympia

Photo of a bike next to a stop sign on a street in Interbay.With voter approval of I-976 hanging over the 2020 state legislative session, there’s no doubt that funding will be the top priority for Washington Bikes this year. Even if courts strike down the law, which is very possible, there is a lot of political pressure on state leaders to enact some kind of transportation funding change anyway.

The stakes are big and largely unknown. What specific funding will be at risk? Biking and walking is a very small percentage of the state’s transportation budget, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe. From WA Bikes:

The state’s approach to filling the funding shortfall created by I-976 is still in flux, but one thing is clear: I-976 will require state legislators to make hard decisions this session in order to cover an anticipated and significant hole in the multimodal transportation account.

The multimodal transportation account dedicates funds for transportation including rail, ferries, transit, biking and walking. It’s the primary state funding source for biking and walking investments and contains projects funded through the 2015 Connecting Washington transportation package, which allocated historic levels of funding for bike and pedestrian infrastructure, as well as Safe Route To School, Bike and Pedestrian grant programs, and the Bike and Pedestrian project list.

And state law also governs what kinds of revenue local governments and agencies can collect, so changes could impact SDOT, King County Metro and Sound Transit even if the lawsuit is successful. But beyond current budgets, Seattle and King County are both due to run Transportation Benefit District renewals this year, and state law outlines the revenue options for these vital packages. Seattle’s Transportation Benefit District currently relies heavily on vehicle license fees and largely funds transit service. At a time when we need to continue going big on transit service, walking and biking to continue growing our ridership, we need powerful options to offer voters. Our investments are working, we can’t go backwards now.

The ‘safety stop’

Washington Bikes is also following Oregon’s lead by supporting a law change to allow what they are calling the “safety stop.” Also known as the “Idaho stop,” since it has been legal in Washington’s neighbor since the early 1980s, the safety stop would allow people biking to treat stop signs like yield signs. So if the way is clear and you have the right of way, you will be legally allowed to roll through the stop. But if you do not have the right of way, like when someone in a car arrived at the intersection before you or when there is a person about to enter the crosswalk, you have to stop and wait your turn like normal.

After years of trying, Oregon finally passed the law last year. This video by Oregon’s Spencer Boomhower from more than a decade ago explains it pretty well, though obviously the specifics of the bill mentioned in the video are not accurate when talking about Washington’s proposed change:

Really, this law would legalize something that just about everyone riding a bike already does. It’s just impractical when biking to come to a full stop when you don’t need to, which is why so few people do it. So long as you are exercising care and yielding the right of way when required, it is perfectly safe to roll your stop signs. This law would not in any way allow people to just blow through intersections where others are waiting, which is sure to be something opponents cite as a concern. Details from WA Bikes:

The Safety Stop increases safety at intersections by allowing a person bicycling to avoid waiting in the blind spot of a motor vehicle and to get out ahead of following motor vehicles, creating space and less likelihood for interaction between them. Similar legislation has passed in Idaho, Delaware, Arkansas and most recently Oregon. Senator Andy Billig (6th LD, Spokane) [SB 6208] and Representative Joe Fitzgibbon (34th LD, Burien) [HB 2358] are the prime sponsors in the Senate and House.

Some versions of this law in other states go the next step by allowing people to treat red lights as stop signs, but WA Bikes did not suggest they are seeking red light changes in this law. WA does already have a “dead red” law on the books that allows someone on a bike or motorcycle to run a red light if the signal fails to detect them (often equipment tuned for cars won’t detect smaller vehicles), though that is quite different from this law.

WA Bikes will also “support legislation to include the concept of “health” in the state transportation system policy goals. This effort will ensure WSDOT considers health outcomes in future transportation investments.” Huh, it’s sure weird that health isn’t already included in these policies…

The annual WA Bikes lobby day is January 22. RSVP here if you want to join the effort to make sure legislators know people care about biking.

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Where 2018’s bicycle collisions happened + More from the Traffic Report

Chart showing bicycle collision rate per 1,000 commuters. the trend is down from 2009 to 2018.Biking is getting gradually safer in Seattle with the rate of collisions involving people on bikes per bike commuter dropping to a new low point in 2018, according to the annual Seattle Department of Transportation Traffic Report.

The report, released two weeks ago, does not include any 2019 data. It offers a detailed look at transportation trends in the city, including safety. Here are the streets where collisions involving people on bikes occurred:

Map of 2018 bicycle collisions.And here’s a map of the year’s serious injury and fatal collisions:

Map of serious injury and fatal collisions. The share of commuters driving alone to work is dropping fast with transit and walking growing fastest.

Chart of commute trends by mode. But Seattle’s population keeps growing, so even as the driving rate falls, the total amount of driving stays stubbornly flat.

Chart of average traffic over time.Driving, of course, is our city’s top source of greenhouse gas emissions. So while it is promising that total driving is not growing with the population, we need to find a way to reduce driving even as the city grows. Perhaps Oslo has some ideas to share.

You see more in the full report (PDF).

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The Netherlands: A Country Built for Cycling

What comes to mind when you think of the Netherlands? Maybe it’s their vibrant tulip fields or their immense love of cheese. For bike-mad people like ourselves, the Kingdom of the Netherlands is synonymous with near-perfect cycling opportunities. With around 25% of the country’s landmass being either at or below sea level, this slice of Western Europe is a haven for cyclists.

Yet, aside from its geography, why do the Dutch have such a penchant for cycling? Interestingly enough, Holland’s passion for bikes is ingrained into its culture and history just as much as its iconic windmills are. With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at the world’s most bike-friendly country, the Netherlands.

Leiden Windmill

Bikes over cars

Due to the destructive impact the Second World War had on the Netherlands, many of the country’s cities were in dire need of rebuilding. Because of this, councils took the opportunity to restructure their towns around the newly affordable automobile, paving over paths and even canals to create new roadways during the 50s and 60s.

However, the Dutch people grew increasingly unhappy with this change, as previously open towns and cities quickly became congested, unwelcoming and even dangerous as road accidents skyrocketed. Thankfully, with immense pressure from the public, councils relented, leading to multiple retrofittings of old cycle lanes and an increased focus on bike-friendly neighbourhoods.

Beautiful canal in Holland

Designed for cycling

Whilst many people still do drive throughout the Netherlands, it’s easy to see that many of its towns and cities are designed for cyclists. Aside from countless bike lanes snaking alongside roads, their intersections are designed for maximum safety, with protective barriers between the road and the lane to protect both drivers and cyclists.

Parking for bikes is also extremely easy and is managed in much the same way motorised vehicles are with dedicated parking spaces. The city of Groningen is a great example of this, with a whopping 10,000 parking spaces for cyclists in a large underground lot!

Canals in Leiden

Starting young

Learning to cycle in the Netherlands begins at a very early age, with many children being introduced to the concept before they can even walk in the form of special cargo bikes known as ‘bakfiets’. These bicycles are connected to large boxes with protective canopies for children to sit and enjoy the ride.

Cycling is also extremely popular amongst Dutch teenagers. Due to the legal driving age being 18 in the Netherlands, cycling offers many young people a sense of freedom and ease of transport outside of driving a car.

Experience the perfect Dutch cycling holiday with Hooked on Cycling

For anyone interested in cycling abroad, the Netherlands is a perfect choice and, with Hooked on Cycling, we can help you get there. With a variety of self-guided cycling holidays throughout the Netherlands and the Low Countries, our team is on hand to ensure your trip is one to remember.

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Bike News Roundup: Ding dong the Viaduct is dead!

I have some pretty exciting personal news to announce, but I’m holding it until Monday. OMG, that’s so mean. Why would I do that? I’m building hype. It’s part of a very loud whisper campaign. Am I doing this right? You’ll just have to check back Monday morning to find out…

But it’s time for the Bike News Roundup! Here’s a look at some stuff going around the web lately that caught our eye.

First up, it is still so satisfying to watch the final pieces of the Alaskan Way Viaduct disappear. Good riddance!

Pacific Northwest News

National & Global News

This is an open thread.

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December bike stuff to do: Family biking advocacy workshop, Basic Bike Network ride + more

Photo of the new bike lane on S Main Street looking east across 4th Ave S.

It’s real! Let’s ride on it together.

Sure, it’s December and the winter solstice is just around the corner, but don’t let anyone tell you to put your bike in the garage until spring. Seattle is a year-round biking town, and there’s still so much biking to do before the year is over.

Of course there are fundraisers. The Transit Riders Union are hosting a happy hour fundraiser 5:30–7:30 p.m. this evening at the Flatiron School. And Transportation Choices Coalition is hosting a happy hour fundraiser December 10.

And the US Cyclocross National Championship is in Lakewood December 10–15. We don’t usually write about racing events, but it’s not often that we get a national championship nearby.

And Seattle Neighborhood Greenways has all this planned:

Tour of the Basic Bike Network. Saturday, Dec 7th. 10:00 AM -12:00. Starting at Lake Union Park. Tour the Basic Bike Network and celebrate the three major pieces that were completed this year, and see what remains to be done. RSVP on Facebook or to [email protected] (NOTE: This is planned along with Cascade Bicycle Club.)

Intro to Family Biking Advocacy. Sunday, Dec 8th. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Cal Anderson Park Shelter House (Capitol Hill). Come learn about how to get involved with local advocacy as a family biker! Getting involved in local advocacy as a parent can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be difficult! Join us for this fun, family-friendly event to learn how to use your personal experiences and stories to help create the city you want to see. RSVP on Facebook or to or to [email protected]

Kidical Mass – Parade of Boats with FamilyBike Seattle. Friday, Dec 13. 7:00 PM – 10:00 Ride with your family along the Burke Gilman Trail and watch the holiday Parade Of Boats. Learn more and RSVP or RSVP on Facebook.

Dongho’s Favorite Things of 2019. Sunday, Dec 15th.11 AM – 1 PM. A walking tour of notable projects completed in 2019 with the City’s chief traffic engineer Dongho Chang. Featuring a new woonerf, an infamous bus lane, and perhaps Seattle’s coolest traffic signal. RSVP on Facebook or to [email protected]

Is there a December biking event you want folks to know about? Add it to our events calendar. Also check out Everyday Rides, a new biking events calendar in town.

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Bikes will be kicked off light rail downtown during early 2020 crush + 5¢ per hour bike lockers coming to more transit stations

Construction work to connect the existing light rail tracks to the new East Link tracks will require a very tough couple months in January, February and March 2020. Dubbed “Connect 2020,” train frequency will be dramatically reduced, and every passenger will need to switch from one train to another by crossing a new temporary center platform in Pioneer Square Station.

Imagine two crush-capacity trains unloading every passenger across a single center platform at the same time. Here’s a video explaining how it will work:

Trains will only run every 12 minutes all-day, compared to every 4–6 minutes during rush hour currently. Every trains will be full-size four-car trains, but this still means they will significantly more crowded (assuming people don’t divert to other modes, like buses, biking or driving).

Understandably, Sound Transit staff is concerned about how crammed that center platform will be during the transition, and they have decided that trying to bring a bike through the crowd won’t work and could even be a safety hazard. So people with bikes will be asked to exit at University Street and International District Stations.

Diagram showing the no-bikes zone between University Street and International District Stations. The bike detour follows 2nd Ave, South Main Street and 5th Avenue South.

While I would usually be against bike restrictions, this one does seem reasonable. And the good news is that SDOT rose to the challenge and made sure the south downtown bike connection was completed before Connect 2020 began. So people will be able to bike between ID and University Street Stations entirely within a protected bike lane. This was not an easy bike lane to build, but it is so important that the city completed it before this light rail project began. It will make the 10 weeks or so without bike access so much easier and welcoming for people with bikes who are not familiar with or are nervous about biking downtown. And it’s a great example of agencies working together to keep everyone moving.

Light rail service will be completely closed between Capitol Hill and SODO on the weekends of January 4–5, February 8–9 and March 14–15. The reduced service will begin when trains restart following the first weekend closure in January.

5¢ per hour bike lockers coming this month

Sound Transit is also launching new on-demand bike lockers at UW, SODO and Rainier Beach Stations. Operated by BikeLink, the lockers will charge 5¢ per hour on a first-come, first-served basis. So if you are only bringing your bike on the light rail because you don’t want to leave it locked up outside all day every day, a bike locker might be a good solution for you. You have to buy a $20 card from BikeLink’s website, but it comes with $20 in credit. So if you become a regular user, the card is free. It takes up to five days to get it in the mail, though, so don’t delay on ordering if you are hoping to use the lockers starting on day one of reduced service.

These are the same bike lockers as the ones King County Metro uses at various transit centers and park-and-rides, including Northgate Transit Center. So your BikeLink card will work for either agency’s lockers, which is great.

The beginning of this video shows how the lockers will work:

UPDATE: Some readers were curious about the potential for ORCA Card integration with the BikeLink lockers. The company noted on Twitter that they hope to eventually allow users to use their ORCA Cards as a sort of key to access the system, but that you will still need a BikeLink account and all charged would go through BikeLink, not your ORCA e-purse or pass. They would really just be using the ORCA Card as a unique identifier for your account so that you can carry one fewer card in your wallet. BikeLink is also working on an app, which could dramatically speed up the process of getting access to the lockers.

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Other 49 states still seemingly uninterested in being more bike friendly than WA

Screenshot of the report card: Washington received check marks for having a complete street law, safe passing law, spending 2% or more federal funds on biking and walking and having a bicycle safety emphasis area. Ranked 9th in ridership, 11th in safety and 29th in spending.

From the League of American Bicyclists’ report card (PDF).

After Washington won the top spot in the League of American Bicyclists’ bike friendly state list for a decade straight from 2008-17, the League took a different tactic in 2018, providing each state with a report card to show how they have improved (or not) over time.

But the rankings are back for 2019 and, sure enough, no other state has put any effort real effort into taking the top spot from Washington. So hip hip hooray, we’re number 1 again, I guess.

Look, Washington is not a cycling utopia. Out state still dramatically under-invests in safe streets and non-motorized transportation. Traffic deaths and serious injuries for people biking and walking are going up, not down. The statewide bike commute rate (according to a flawed annual Census survey) is hardly budging from 1%, where it has been for the last decade. The only thing we really have going for us is that the other 49 states are terrible at walking and biking safety, too.

Yes, some WSDOT staffers are truly great and the state legislature does some good things. But come on, are we going to go another decade at number 1 just because no other state feels like lifting a finger to give it a try?

OK, yes, many states have people or maybe even a small staff of people working hard to improve cycling. But no state genuinely makes walking and biking access and safety a top priority. No state invests actual money in it, just the budget scraps they find in the rotunda couch cushions. A single freeway interchange “upgrade” project can cost in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and states build those all the time. And traffic still sucks after they are complete. Imagine if a state decided that just one of their mega-projects was going to be a statewide bikeways initiative, spending hundreds of millions to build safe bike lanes and trails along state highways that cut through communities. Give that state an award.

I would like this League ranking to be something states need to actually compete for. I want to see states get into an annual bikeways, crosswalks and trails construction race. Because what I really want to see more than anything is our injury and death totals trending down toward zero. Then we can think about pouring a few glasses of champagne.

Below are more details from the report card:

Report card top-level headings: B- for infrastructure, B for Education & Encouragement, B for Legislation & EnforcementReport card top-level headings: A for policies and programs. B+ for evaluation and planning.

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Watch: Cranksgiving riders biked a literal metric tonne of food to Rainier Valley Food Bank

2,223 pounds. That’s 1.1 tons or 1 metric tonne. All by bike. All donated to the community.

I already wrote about how amazing the 2019 Seattle Cranksgiving was over the weekend, but this number is so big that I felt the need to give it its own post.

The 190 people who rode in Seattle’s 10th Cranksgiving all pitched in to purchase and pedal about 12 pounds of food each to donate to Rainier Valley Food Bank. And when you add the food in every rider’s backpacks and panniers together, you get a literal metric tonne. This is the weight of some small cars.

And this is only counting the Cranksgiving Seattle Bike Blog organized with The Bikery and Swift Industries. West Seattle Bike Connections hosted their first West Seattle Cranksgiving a week prior, and they had 35 people haul a reported 1,195 pounds of food to West Seattle Food Bank.

Nationwide, there were a record 109 Cranksgivings this year, which is just astounding. That’s a lot of people biking food for their communities.

There is so much power in people coming together. If many hands make light work, many hands on handlebars can replace a semi truck. And this event costs almost nothing to organize. The only cash that changes hands is between riders and the people selling groceries around town. And riders keep inviting more friends to join, resulting in consistent growth (with weather playing a factor year-to-year).

Graph of Cranksgiving donation weights by year. The amount grows from 350 pounds in 2010 to 2,223 pounds in 2019.So big thank you to everyone who has ever ridden or sponsored the ride. And if you are inspired to start a Cranksgiving ride in your town or neighborhood, you should! Check out the how-to guide at to get started or email [email protected].

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2019 Bike Storage Guide

With Black Friday just around the corner, let’s get in early with some forward planning… We’ve all been there at one time or another. “What’s that! Where’s that going to go?” The extra bike, bought on a whim. That too good to say no offer, which had you reaching for your wallet. Explaining the necessity […]

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Israel Cycling Academy signings, Freeman tribunal latest: Daily News Digest

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Welcome to your Daily News Digest. Here’s what’s happening today:

The Freeman medical tribunal continues, Rick Zabel and Mads Würtz Schmidt will join Israel Cycling Academy from Katusha-Alpecin, BMC recalls 2018 and 2019 models of the Teammachine SLR 01 Disc. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.

Story of the Day: Freeman tribunal continues as former British Cycling head of medicine and physiotherapist give evidence

Despite the absence of Dr. Richard Freeman himself, the Richard Freeman tribunal hearing continued on Thursday with Dr. Steve Peters, the former head of medicine at British Cycling and Team Sky, attending to answering questions. Former physiotherapist Phil Burt gave evidence on Friday morning.

Peters said he did not know the details behind the order of testosterone that Freeman had delivered to British Cycling headquarters. Freeman has alleged that British Cycling coach Shane Sutton “bullied” him into ordering the packets of Testogel to treat erectile dysfunction, which Sutton has denied. Peters expressed doubt in the General Medical Council’s argument that the testosterone was intended to be used to enhance athlete performance.

“It feels like I’m being asked being to solve the crime,” Peters said, according to the BBC.

“I have a man who’s lied to me, another man who is untrustworthy. It’s much more likely [Freeman] has used this for himself and there are reasons for that, which I don’t want to go into.”

Peters also said he was “led to believe” that the package of testosterone also contained Viagra, which Freeman’s lawyer Mary O’Rourke revealed was sometimes ordered to British Cycling to treat erectile dysfunction tied to long stints in the saddle. Burt’s account of opening the package, however, did not include the presence of Viagra, according to BBC’s Dan Roan.

Burt also described the souring of the relationship between Sutton and Freeman, pointing to an incident in 2015 as the cause of a major rift between the two.

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Jumbo-Visma has high hopes for De Plus

Laurens De Plus (Jumbo-Visma) was one of the breakout riders of the 2019 season, putting in a consistently solid performance as a domestique for Steven Kruijswijk at the Tour de France and nabbing his first WorldTour stage race victory in August at the BinckBank Tour. As Jumbo-Visma sports director Merijn Zeeman told Het Nieuwsblad, the team sees De Plus as a potential star.

Laurens De Plus at the BinckBank Tour. Photo: Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2019

“Laurens has a good time trial, climbs great, and stays afloat in the third week. We are very pleased with the enormous steps he has taken this year,” Zeeman said. “He has everything to make it to the podium in a big tour.”

For now, the team plans to take things slowly. There’s little need to rush it with De Plus, considering the squad’s loaded roster for 2020, which also includes Kruijswijk, Primoz Roglic, and Tom Dumoulin.

Israel Cycling Academy signs Zabel and Würtz Schmidt

At least two current Katusha-Alpecin riders will head to Israel Cycling Academy as the latter squad takes over Katusha’s WorldTour license. Israel Cycling Academy has announced the signings of Rick Zabel and Mads Würtz Schmidt for next season.

Rick Zabel wins stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire. Photo: SWPics/Cor Vos © 2019

Zabel, 25, has ridden with Katusha since 2017. He often played a lead-out role for Marcel Kittel, but had some of his own sprint chances as well, winning a stage at this year’s Tour de Yorkshire. Wurtz Schmidt, 25, won the under-23 world time trial title in 2015.

“I kept my fingers crossed for ICA to be the team we would come together with – and I am happy that at last, it’s behind us, and we can focus on racing and helping the team achieve its goal,” Wurtz Schmidt said in Israel Cycling Academy’s announcement

Cyclingnews reports that American sprinter Travis McCabe, whose Floyd’s Pro Cycling squad is shuttering, is set to sign with Israel Cycling Academy as well.

As for Katusha, which reportedly was late paying its riders their October wages, the UCI is set to use the team’s bank guarantee to cover the financial gap, according to Cyclingnews.

Fröhlinger calls it a career

Veteran German rider Johannes Fröhlinger is retiring after more than a decade in the pro peloton. The 34-year-old has ridden with the Sunweb organization since 2011, when it was the Skil-Shimano Pro Continental outfit. He raced 15 Grand Tours over the course of his career, including nine straight Vueltas a España between 2010 and 2018.

“As a teenager I dreamed of becoming a professional cyclist and I’m really happy to have spent so many years living my dream,” he said in a press release from Sunweb. “I could have never imagined participating in one Grand Tour, but today I look back on 15 three-week-long races, ten of which were at the Vuelta, which is really special.”

In other news …

Melbourne driver who killed Dutch cyclist sentenced to 11 years in prison

The driver who hit and killed Dutch cyclist Gitta Scheenhouwer has been sentenced to 11 years in prison, the ABC reports.

Scheenhouwer, 27, was on her way to work in Melbourne last year when she was hit by Michael Panayides, 28, who was driving a stolen car. He fled the scene, but he was later apprehended. He pled guilty to five charges, and on Friday, received a prison sentence, with the judge in the case calling his actions “negligent, culpable driving, emanating from the blatant disregard for life and safety of others on the road.”

Tech News

BMC recalls 2018 and 2019 Teammachine SLR 01 Disc

BMC has issued a recalled for 2018 and 2019 Teammachine SLR01 Disc models, requesting that owners to stop riding their bikes and bring them to a BMC dealer for a “safety check.”

The Swiss brand has identified a potential safety issue related to the potential failure of the fork steerer.

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Move over, Silca: Enve has a new $750 tire inflation device

Feature Image: Riders descend on stage 18 of the Tour de France. Photo: Gruber Images

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Cycling world mourns loss of Poulidor, Bardet to skip Tour: Daily News Digest

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Raymond Poulidor dies at 83, Romain Bardet will skip the 2020 Tour de France, Zwift Academy finalists announced, Paralympian Kieran Modra killed in collision with car. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.

Story of the Day: Poulidor dies at age 83

Raymond Poulidor has died at 83 years old.

The legendary French cyclist, who won the Vuelta a España and Milano-Sanremo during his career and famously finished on the Tour de France podium eight times without ever winning, had been in the hospital since last month with a heart condition.

Raymond Poulidor in 1975. Photo: Cor Vos © 2014

“He left us this morning,” his wife Gisele told AFP on Wednesday.

Poulidor, whose consistent record of coming up just short at the Tour earned him the love of the French public, remained close to cycling after he retired. He was a fixture at Tour de France start village as an ambassador for the sponsor of the yellow jersey, Credit Lyonnais. Moreover, his familial connections run strong with recent stars of the sport. Poulidor’s daughter Corinne married Adri van der Poel. In recent years, their son – Poulidor’s grandson – Mathieu van der Poel has emerged as one of the sport’s most recognizable names.

As news of Poulidor’s passing emerged on Wednesday, people from across the world of cycling paid tribute to the icon affectionately known as “Poupou.”

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Romain Bardet to skip Tour

Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) plans to skip the 2020 Tour de France.

The 29-year-old Frenchman announced his program on Wednesday at Ag2r’s training camp in the Alps. Instead of the Tour, Bardet will target a debut start at the Giro d’Italia, the Tokyo Olympics, and the road world championships.

“I have never hidden my desire to participate in the Giro d’Italia in my best condition, with the desire to shine. It is time to open new horizons, and dividing up the season with these three major objectives, is exciting,” Bardet said.

“It was not easy to give up the Tour de France, which has brought me so much, and which is a race that I love deeply. But it seemed like a good time to open a parenthesis to the beautiful story that connects me to this race, with the intention of coming back even better next year.”

Romain Bardet on stage 12 of the Tour de France. Photo: ©kramon

Of Bardet’s eight career Grand Tour starts, seven have been at the Tour, with one appearance at the Vuelta (which he is also expected to race next year). He has finished on the Tour’s GC podium twice. He has also won the king of the mountains title twice, including this year. Despite the polka dots, however, his 2019 Tour did not go as planned, with Bardet finishing outside the overall top 10.

With three time trials, next year’s Giro route is not the most favorable to Bardet’s climbing skill set, but he seems to be up for a challenge.

“It’s a route which entices me enormously,” Bardet said, according to Cyclingnews. “There are long stages with huge elevation gain, especially in the final week. It’s true, there are three time trials, but there was a lot of time trialling this year and a climber won.”

Zwift Academy finalists announced

Zwift has announced the six finalists of the 2019 Zwift Academy who will now vie for contracts with Canyon-Sram and Dimension Data’s newly rebranded NTT under-23 team.

The three men’s and three women’s finalists were selected out of 12 men’s and 12 women’s semi-finalists. They will now head to Spain in December for team camps with Canyon-Sram and Dimension Data, respectively. Each team will select one rider to receive a contract for 2020.

The finalists are Catherine Colyn, Jessica Pratt, and Samara Sheppard on the women’s side, and Drew Christensen, Mathijs Loman, and Campbell Pithie on the men’s.

Big viewership numbers for women’s Jaarmarktcross race

Very interesting stuff from Daam van Reeth, a professor at KU Leuven who is always tracking trends in cycling viewership numbers.

Paralympian Kieran Modra killed in collision with car while training

Australian Paralympian Kieran Modra was killed in a crash with a car while he was riding north of Adelaide on Wednesday morning. According to The Age, the 47-year-old was hit by a car traveling the same direction and died at the scene.

Modra was a decorated Paralympic athlete whose career spanned decades. Born with visual impairment due to juvenile optic atrophy, he competed in his first Paralympics in 1988 in athletics before switching focus to swimming and then cycling, where he starred in tandem track events. He won five gold medals and five bronze medals across eight Paralympic Games.

According to a statement, South Australian police are investigating the crash that led to his death.

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Ten products I loved in 2019: Dave Rome

Feature Image: The peloton on stage 15 of the Tour de France. Photo: Gruber Images

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French cycling’s eternal runner-up Raymond Poulidor dies at 83

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French cyclist Raymond Poulidor, who gained the adoration of the French public as an eternal runner-up in the Tour de France, has died at the age of 83.

Poulidor had been hospitalised since early October as the result of a heart condition. “He left us this morning,” his wife Gisele told AFP from their home in western France.

Poulidor’s career is distinguished by a number of famous rivalries with now-iconic riders. In 1963 and 1964, he was vanquished at the Tour de France by Jacques Anquetil; these defeats were followed by a lengthy rivalry with Eddy Merckx. 

In all, from 1964 to 1976 Poulidor finished second in the Tour de France on three occasions, and was third five times in an era dominated by Merckx. “The more unlucky I was, the more the public liked me,” he told l’Equipe in 2004.

Poulidor’s underdog status, however, belies what for most other riders would be a glittering palmares. Along with a Grand Tour win at the 1964 Vuelta a España and a Milan-San Remo victory in 1961, Poulidor achieved a number of podium places at World Championships and monuments, along with numerous other victories.

In his retirement, Poulidor remained a fixture of French cycling and stayed close to the sport. He was an enduring figure at the Tour de France in particular, where he worked for Credit Lyonnais as a promotional ambassador.

His recent ties to the sport run deeper even than that. Raymond and Gisele Poulidor’s daughter, Corinne, married Adri van der Poel, a six-time classics winner and two-time Tour de France stage winner. Their son, Mathieu van der Poel – Raymond Poulidor’s grandson – is one of the most exciting prospects in the sport, and is a multiple-time world champion in cyclocross; Poulidor often attended his races to support him.

CyclingTips extends its heartfelt condolences to Raymond Poulidor’s family and friends.

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Bike News Roundup: Vancouver BC is removing their freeway viaducts, no tunnels included

It’s time for the Bike News Roundup! Do you need something to read while nervously waiting for the King County ballot drops this afternoon (4 p.m.) and evening (8 p.m.)? Well, Seattle Bike Blog has got you covered.

First up! Here’s why Vancouver is getting rid of some of the only small pieces of freeway it ever constructed. And no, they aren’t digging a highway tunnel to replace them.

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What Different Types Of Bikes Are There?

If you are planning on buying or renting a bike when you are inexperienced at cycling, you may be a little confused about all the different types to choose from. Here are the six major bicycle types to get you going.


Mountain Bikes

Mountain bikes have wide tyres with lots of tread so that they can be ridden over obstacles and loose dirt. Designed for off-road environments, these bikes have thick durable frames and flat handlebars. They are less efficient when riding on roads and pavements, and are superb for rough terrain.

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Road Bikes

Road bikes are designed for smooth man-made surfaces and prioritise weight and speed. As a result, they are thin, light-weight and have skinny tyres. They can be quickly identified by their down-turned handlebars and its rider being more ‘hunched over’. Road bikes can be ridden off-road but are liable to get damaged due to their fragility.

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Hybrid Bikes

Hybrid bikes are a type that lies somewhere in between the characteristics of a mountain and road bike. While not as fast or as lightweight as a road bike, they nonetheless are suited to riding off-road and offer a greater degree of comfort.

Commuting Bike

Commuting bikes are designed with all the features that a person may need while riding to work and back every day. Designed for functionality rather than performance, a commuting bike boasts useful amenities such as rear racks, bags, locks, fenders and lights.

Fixed Gear/Track Bike

A track bike is a vehicle that is designed for speed and is like a road bike but with only a single gear. This means that the rider cannot freewheel and can brake by backpedalling.


A BMX is a small bike that is designed for adults and can be used to perform tricks. BMX stands for Bicycle Motor Cross and they are single speed.

Hooked On Cycling

What better way is there to savour the stunning sights of Britain and continental Europe than getting on two wheels and pedalling? Hooked On Cycling’s aim is to facilitate cycling holidays across the world so that you can concentrate on the cycling rather than the organisation.

We can take care of all your accommodation and luggage so that you can enjoy the experience of what the natural world has to offer. Family-run hotels, bed and breakfasts and farms, you can rely on Hooked On Cycling to organise a charming and comfortable place to sleep, eat and relax after a satisfying day in the saddle. You are welcome to bring your own bikes on the holiday but we offer a range of rental bikes to choose from if you wish.

We are a West Lothian-based company, who have steadily built up a fantastic reputation as a company you can rely on to minimise the stress of a holiday while maximising its enjoyment.

If you like what you hear and would like to know more, why not contact us today? Give us a call on (0)1506 635 399 or send us an email via [email protected], and we’ll get back to you soon.

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Castelli and Alta Badia: Two leaders in the world of cycling join forces

Alta Badia, Italy – Manifattura Valcismon S.p.A., after six years as a partner of the Maratona dles Dolomites-Enel, the most prestigious granfondo in the world, in October signed a partnership agreement with the Alta Badia tourist area, for which the Maratona dles Dolomites-Enel is the highest-profile summer event. This partnership agreement, together with the one signed a few months ago with the Karpos brand, closes the circle to create strong synergy between the company based in Fonzaso and one of the most internationally renowned alpine resorts, located in the middle of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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For years Alta Badia has been working hard to set the standard for mountain resort areas, making quality in every domain its distinctive brand. To that end, tourism linked to cycling represents a consistently growing market — one that the region is devoting particular attention to, at both the national and international level. In addition to the Maratona dles Dolomites-Enel, the Sellaronda Bike Day and the Dolomites Bike Day have become can’t-miss events for thousands of cyclists who are eager to experience the legendary Dolomite passes in peace and safety. The combination of the reputation of Alta Badia and the excellence of the Castelli brand represents a significant opportunity for both parties to develop future projects aimed at creating added value. In fact, the two entities fully share the healthy values of cycling, focusing on the quality and sustainability of their products.

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“It’s an honor to be an official partner of the Alta Badia tourist area and the Maratona dles Dolomites-Enel. We often ride on these spectacular mountain roads, and the sponsorship reflects our passion for excellence, sustainability and partnerships — fundamental principles for a brand dedicated to performance and perfection in its products. As a leader in our industry, we’re eager to conquer new challenges, and we know we can achieve more together with like-minded partners,” said Alessio Cremonese, CEO of Manifattura Valcismon S.p.A.


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Castelli and Alta Badia: Two leaders in the world of cycling join forces

Alta Badia, Italy – Manifattura Valcismon S.p.A., after six years as a partner of the Maratona dles Dolomites-Enel, the most prestigious granfondo in the world, in October signed a partnership agreement with the Alta Badia tourist area, for which the Maratona dles Dolomites-Enel is the highest-profile summer event. This partnership agreement, together with the one signed a few months ago with the Karpos brand, closes the circle to create strong synergy between the company based in Fonzaso and one of the most internationally renowned alpine resorts, located in the middle of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

96_AB_Sassongher_by Paola Finali copia

For years Alta Badia has been working hard to set the standard for mountain resort areas, making quality in every domain its distinctive brand. To that end, tourism linked to cycling represents a consistently growing market — one that the region is devoting particular attention to, at both the national and international level. In addition to the Maratona dles Dolomites-Enel, the Sellaronda Bike Day and the Dolomites Bike Day have become can’t-miss events for thousands of cyclists who are eager to experience the legendary Dolomite passes in peace and safety. The combination of the reputation of Alta Badia and the excellence of the Castelli brand represents a significant opportunity for both parties to develop future projects aimed at creating added value. In fact, the two entities fully share the healthy values of cycling, focusing on the quality and sustainability of their products.

BestOf_MdD2018 (107) ©JeredGruberlow

“It’s an honor to be an official partner of the Alta Badia tourist area and the Maratona dles Dolomites-Enel. We often ride on these spectacular mountain roads, and the sponsorship reflects our passion for excellence, sustainability and partnerships — fundamental principles for a brand dedicated to performance and perfection in its products. As a leader in our industry, we’re eager to conquer new challenges, and we know we can achieve more together with like-minded partners,” said Alessio Cremonese, CEO of Manifattura Valcismon S.p.A.


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