Category Archives: trails

Trekking the Sleeping Bear Dunes Heritage Trail


We spent part of Sunday afternoon biking a portion of the magnificent Sleeping Bear Dunes Heritage Trail between Pierce Stocking Drive and Glen Haven. The approximate 10 mile round trip took us through/past a variety of lovely ecosystems including woodland, open field, … Continue reading

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Busiest bridges for cyclists in Minneapolis


Listed below are most recent average daily bicycle traffic counts for 40 bridges in the City of Minneapolis. The are only a small part of some 500+ bicycle and pedestrian traffic count locations throughout the city. Such data being available … Continue reading

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Portland’s busiest Willamette River cyclist crossings in 2014


The following list shows the five busiest Willamette River bridge​ crossings for bicycles in the City of Portland, Oregon according to summer daily bicycle traffic data from the Portland Bureau of Transportation. This data does not include the new non-motorized/transit … Continue reading

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Letting them ride on their own


This charming statue is located in Clinch Park along the TART Trail and the Traverse City, Michigan waterfront. The statue was created by Verna Bartnick and depicts a parent teaching their child to ride a bike, as they must eventually let the … Continue reading

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Poll results – no love for crushed limestone


Several weeks ago an unscientific poll was taken here on Bicycle Trax about which surface(s) bicycle riders prefer to cycle on. While unscientific, the results were quite startling. Only one person out of 37 people voting and/or commenting on the … Continue reading

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One excellent non-motorized plan


Congratulation to the communities of Greater Mt. Pleasant, Michigan for adopting and implementing such a superb non-motorized plan. Here’s a weblink to the document that was originally adopted in 2011. What is especially impressive about the plan is the way it … Continue reading

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Bicycling M-185 – America’s most unique state highway


As America’s only state highway that prohibits motor vehicles (except emergency vehicles), M-185 is truly a bicyclist’s paradise. This route circles the entire perimeter of Mackinac Island, Michigan, where motor vehicles have been banned since 1898. At just 8.2 miles in … Continue reading

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What surface do you prefer to bicycle on?


Just a little unscientific polling fun here. Obviously, the surface preferred may depend on the type of bicycle you are riding at the time, the purpose of your ride,  and weather conditions, but generally speaking, which is your favorite?   … Continue reading

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Tents and Tandemonium at Michigander


Above and below are just a few photos of some of the tandem bicycles and the makeshift tent city seen during the two-day Michigander bike ride over the past July 11-12 weekend. This two-day event open to all types of … Continue reading

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Independence Day ride on the C-I-S Trail


My wife and I enjoyed a leisurely ride on Mid-Michigan’s newest nonmotorized trail this Independence Day afternoon – the C-I-S (Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee) Trail, as we rode 21 miles roundtrip between St. Johns and Fowler, Michigan and back. A better name for this … Continue reading

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