Here is what I know so far The Yakima Greenway runs ten miles along the river. The Greenway looks like a beautiful ride which I will try to fit in today the downside of this path it how removed from the core of the town it is. Along the river there is also a mountain bike trail at Cowiche Canyon. That being said I can find no information about bike lanes or any other kind of bike related infrastructure. There are moderate hill most are no worse than any on Portland. Many low traffic streets around the city but many dead ends as well as regular need to cross busy streets without the aid of a light.
This part of Washington is also know for it’s wine and encourage out of towners to come in for cycling wine tours but I know of no guided or mapped tours in this area. As far as recreation goes There are two main events on Yakima. The Valley of the Sun Triathlon, which is in it’s 25th year but is canceled for 2008. There is also a relay race including road and mountain biking called the Gap 2 Gap.
As far as I can tell there are only two bike shops in Yakima. Valley Cycling and Fitness which has been around for ages and the newer start up Revolution Cycles. Revolution cycles proposes to be the “real” bike shop for cycles and seems to be involved in some community riding events. The Chinook Cycling Club (note: there web site doesn’t full work with firefox) works on some rides with Revolution cycles and since they are at on end of the Greenway perhaps I will stop in.
So that’s Yakima Washington I wouldn’t recommend it but now you know. I’ll tell you what the riding like when I take a break from my family.