A few offseason notes from the world of bicycling:
A new 3-mile ascending route for mountain bikers was recently completed at East Tiger Mountain State Forest, state Department of Natural Resources trail specialist Sam Jarrett said via email.
The new Mast Link and Quick Link trails provide an alternative to forest roads for riders climbing to the heart of the trail system.
The agency is working with the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, Back Country Horseman of Washington and the Issaquah Alps Trails Club on trail improvement projects in the area. Jarrett says design work is underway to expand the Tiger Summit Trailhead parking lot.
Department officials hope to have new trail openings in this area as soon as late spring.
BIKE TRAIL GIFTS
For the holidays, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is selling a limited edition bicycle jersey designed to promote safe trail use.
The seven-color “Share the Trail” jersey supports the conservancy, a nonprofit Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to building a nationwide trail network from retired rail lines.
The jerseys are $69 and the organization says it will guarantee delivery in time for the holidays if orders are placed by Sunday (Dec. 11). The organization is also selling hats, socks, calendars and organization memberships.
The organizations’ “Share the Trail” program is calling on people to pledge to follow six rules of trail use: 1. Use safe speeds; 2. Keep right and pass left; 3. Get off the trail when you aren’t moving; 4. Keep pets on a leash and close by; 5. Stay alert; and 6. Know and follow the rules.
Find more information at railstotrails.org.
BIKES FOR KIDS WEBSITE
The holidays are a busy time for Tacoma’s Bikes for Kids. The organization, an outreach program at Browns Point’s Marine View Presbyterian Church, collects used bikes, repairs them and gives them to people in need. The bikes are distributed around the South Sound (and beyond) through nonprofit organizations.
The organization is trying to spread the word that it has a new website with information on how to donate bikes. The website is bikesforkids.us. In 2015, Bikes for Kids received 1,310 bikes.