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Spinning Wheels on the Rock This Weekend: Obliteride and Bike for Pie

There’s going to be a lot of cycling on the Island next weekend, which will host both the start of the Obliteride for Cancer Research on Saturday and the Squeaky Wheels’ Bike for Pie on Sunday. Obliteride The Obliteride for Cancer Research runs from 7 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 8. Riders on the 150-mile…

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Robert O'Hern

Man Going Nowhere Again for Kids

Robert O’Hern has racked up a lot of miles without moving an inch. That’s because he’s been riding his cycle in place in front of Town & Country to raise money for child abuse intervention. Yesterday, June 29, he gave himself permission to stop and rest every hour because of the intense heat. Even after O’Hern raises…

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James Longhurst’s ‘Bike Battles': Is Bainbridge a Bicycle Friendly Community?

Although our Island was recognized as a bronze-level bicycle friendly community by The League of American Bicyclists in 2014, we didn’t make the 2015 list or even the list of honorable mentions. There are five levels, with bronze being the lowest. Washington is the #1 most friendly bike state, and there are 17 bicycle friendly Washington communities and 350 across…

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Gear Grinders

Gear Grinders Serve up 3rd Annual Farm Fresh Mountain Bike Scramble

Feel like some farm fresh scramble? On Sunday, hop on your mountain bike and head over to Johnson Farm for the Gear Grinder’s 3rd Annual Farm Fresh Mountain Bike Scramble. This fundraiser will benefit the Gear Grinders high school and middle school mountain biking teams for their next race season. Part of the proceeds will also benefit the…

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Bike to School 2015

Photos of the Day: Kids Wheel to School

Today, 5/15/15, Bainbridge schools celebrated Bike to School Day. At Sakai, volunteers handed out caramel corn to the kids who rode their bikes to school, and the school bike racks filled up.                                              …

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Bainbridge Bike to School Day Is Tomorrow, May 15

Although National Bike to School Day was next week, we Islanders have to be different and so we’re holding our version of this event tomorrow, May 15. To confuse matters a little bit more, May 15 is also National Bike to Work Day. Members of Squeaky Wheels and the Bainbridge Island Police will be at some Island…

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Gear Grinder Tessa Vroom on trail

Three Bainbridge Gear Grinders Collect Awards at Season’s First Race

by John Benjes On March 29, the Gear Grinders, Bainbridge Island’s high school level and middle school level mountain bike teams, raced 14 riders in the first statewide competition of the season. Part of a four-race series of the Washington Student Cycling League, last weekend’s race was held in blustery conditions at Port Gamble Trails. The…

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Chilly Hilly 2015 Stats and Accidents

Bainbridge Island’s 43rd annual Chilly Hilly regional bike event, organized by Seattle-based Cascade Bicycle Club (CBC), saw riders enjoying a stunningly clear morning with mountain views and drier-than-normal conditions, with average temperatures for late February—a high of 51 degrees F. This year’s Chilly Hilly drew an estimated 4,500 participants, more than the 3,000-4,000 annual average but…

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Chilly Hilly 2015 Photo Gallery and Video

Today’s (February 22) Chilly Hilly 2015 was, in fact, not so chilly, and the riders came over from Seattle and elsewhere in droves, enjoying early sun and all-day dry weather. One estimate was that there were 5,000 riders taking part in this 43-year Bainbridge Island tradition. [flagallery gid=1] Photos by Pete Saloutos, Robin Houck, and Sarah…

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Obliteride 180 mile wave

Countdown to Obliteride: A Hundred Cyclists to Cross the Island for Fred Hutch

Obliteride is the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center fundraising bicycle ride with the goal of obliterating cancer. The die-hard, 150-mile riders will be crossing over from Seattle on the 7:55 ferry next Saturday, August 9, and launching their cancer-battling journey across Kitsap from the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal. Organizers hope people will cheer them on with…

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Wednesday Speak Your Mind About Pedestrian/ Biking Upgrades to Ferry Terminal

The public is invited to City Council Chambers Wednesday night, July 30, at 7 p.m. to offer feedback on a range of proposed improvements to Olympic Drive near the ferry terminal. These improvements are designed to faciliate cycling and pedestrian traffic through the area. In October the public was invited to give guidance on how…

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Bike Day

BIPD’s Enhanced Biking Program Launches to Build Community Relationships

On Friday, May 16, kids all over the Island, many of them accompanied by their energy-challenged parents, cycled their way to school. Joining them were Bainbridge Island police officers Mo Stich, Erik Peffer, Dale Johnson, and Chief Matt Hamner on what was also the official launch of the enhanced BIPD biking program. The new biking…

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Francis and Weyand

Two BHS Students Bicycling Across America for Pediatric Cancer Research

Lucas Weyand and Matias Francis, both students at Bainbridge High School, are about to embark on the ride of their young lives. They and their teammates—Lucas’s sister Lydia, who is a pre-vet student at Washington State University Honors College, and Meghan Camp, a PhD. student at Washington State University—are cycling across the United States as part…

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Colman Dock

Letter to the Editor: Don’t Let WSF Miss the Boat at the Colman Dock Remodel Meeting

As the Seattle ferry terminal at Colman dock redesign process moves forward, with plans for a complete rebuild over the next 3-5 years, the proposed design is currently under review at the 30% design stage. The design proposed by Washington State Ferries (WSF) remains very car-oriented and does not reflect the growing importance of bikes…

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Robert O'Hern

Bainbridge Man Biking in Place on Winslow Is Not Going Nowhere

I (figuratively) ran into Robert O’Hern as he rode his bicycle on Bainbridge at the corner of Winslow Way and the T&C parking lot this evening, April 10. He wasn’t going anywhere—yet. His bike was elevated on a rack so he could pedal in place, hoping to get your attention. However, O’Hern will be moving soon…

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Citizens Who Gave Life-Saving CPR to Chilly Hilly Rider Honored at Fire Dept Ceremony

The Bainbridge Island Fire Department (BIFD) hosted a packed house at the Madison Avenue station tonight, March 27, to honor the fast action of three men who helped save the life of a fellow Chilly Hilly rider last month. After summiting Halls Hill, approximately three-fourths of the way along the challenging 33-mile Chilly Hilly route,…

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Chilly hilly 2014 heart attack

Fast CPR by Three Chilly Hilliers Saves Fallen Rider in Cardiac Arrest

Chilly Hilly rider B.M. had just summited Hall’s Hill in southeast Bainbridge Island at about 12:30 p.m. yesterday, February 23, when he began weaving and fell over. His heart had stopped, but depending on your point of view it was his lucky day. B.M. had just been chatting at the bottom of the hill with a…

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Honey Buckets at Battle Point Park

Photo of the Week: Chilly Hilly Remains of the Day

Some 4,000 riders of all ages were expected to ride the 2014 Chilly Hilly today, February 23. The final count is not in, but lousy weather tends to reduce the numbers. Nevertheless, a whole lot of bikers huffed up and breezed down our Bainbridge Island hills today, and they did it with guts and gumption…

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Car/Bicyclist Accident at Bucklin Hill and Blakely

Some readers have asked about the auto/bicycle collision that occurred on Tuesday, January 28, so here is a short report about the incident. According to Fire Marshal Jared Moravec, a cyclist was hit by a passing car at approximately 7:40 a.m. near Bucklin Hill Road and Blakely Avenue (just north of the intersection with Eagle…

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Bike light

Light up Your Bike or Risk a Pricey Ticket

Police Chief Matt Hamner doesn’t want his officers to write you a $103 ticket for not having a light on your bike. But that’s what the law, specifically RCW 46.61.780, requires. So the Bainbridge Island Police Department has joined forces with Squeaky Wheels, B. I. Cycle, and Classic Cycle to gently nudge you into compliance….

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