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More Options to Get Around
More bike lanes in Columbia City, Pioneer Square, and Capitol Hill
Click on a street name below to see the new facility’s location and how it connects to other bike facilities.
SDOT recently made it easier to bike by adding bike lanes on S Alaska St between the Columbia City light rail station and Rainier Ave S; on Third Ave S in Pioneer Square connecting to Bike Port (see article below); and on E Aloha St between 10th Ave E and 12th Ave E to accommodate bikers climbing the hill toward Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park. Click here for details.
Trail extended along ship canal in Queen Anne
This spring SDOT extended the Ship Canal Trail westward from the Fremont Bridge between 11th Ave W and 6th Ave W. Bicyclists traveling between Magnolia and the Fremont Bridge can access the new trail section via 11th Ave W as an alternative to biking on W Nickerson St. Ultimately the trail will connect to the Emerson St bike path near Fisherman’s Terminal. You’ll be able to bike from the Burke Gilman Trail to downtown Seattle almost entirely on dedicated bicycle facilities. For a map and photos of the project, click here.
Bicycle Sundays: Lake Washington Blvd becomes a beautiful bikeway
Bicycle Sundays close Lake Washington Blvd to motorized traffic south of Mount Baker Beach to Seward Park, making it a great place to practice riding or move throughout Rainier Valley. Bike Sundays occur almost every Sunday 10AM - 6PM from May to September.
Tools to Help You Bike
Finding a place to store your bike is vital. In Seattle, bike parking comes in a variety of flavors.
- Bike Port in Pioneer Square has indoor parking, lockers, and a restroom with 24/7 access. Bike Port (formerly Bike Station) features a bike shop on-site.
- Private companies provide bike parking and other amenities. For example, ZymoGenetics gives bike commuters on-site, secured bike storage, outside bike racks, showers, and over 50 assigned lockers. Ask your employer what facilities they offer.
- Bike racks on sidewalks can be requested by businesses and residents in a neighborhood business district by completing this online form. SDOT responds within 48 hours and fulfills almost all requests meeting its criteria within six months.
- On-street bike racks are replacing selected on-street parking spaces for cars with parking for bicycles. Each rack holds up to eight bicycles versus one car.
The internet has many resources to help you learn the rules of the road and tricks of the trade. Here are some of our favorites:
- What’s a sharrow, a bike box, and a bike dot? This handy FAQ from SDOT answers questions and includes visuals explaining bike facilities.
- Get advice from fellow bikers on commuting, gear, routes, and more at Cascade Bike Club’s online community bulletin board.
- More bike info such as maps, trails, and programs can be found at SDOT’s bike program home page.
- Info on rules of the road, safety, commuting, and maps is provided by Bike Alliance of WA and Cascade Bike Club.
Inspiration to Bike
New bike commuters smell the roses and trim their waistlines
Biking makes a big difference in your life. Two participants in the Green Bike project describe their bike commuter experiences:
- “I love riding. It has completely turned around my perceptions of morning routine. I listen to birds on the way to work instead of the radio and I feel the morning air instead of the car heater.”
- Christy of Quadrant Homes
- “Not only did my waist line go from a size 54" to 38" it has also given me a new lease on life and the desire to dream bigger things. So I’m now involved with the American Lung Association's Climb for Clean Air in preparing to climb Mt Rainier this summer!”
- John of Swedish Medical Center
The Green Bike Project loans participants a new bike in return for their pledge to cut half of their drive-alone commute trips during the project. Participants who fulfill their pledge, like Christy and John, get to keep their bike.
More for National Bike Month
Bike to Work Day and Bike to Work Month
Take the Commute Challenge and see how much you can bike in May. It’s not too late to be part of this annual event produced by Cascade Bike Club. Participate in Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 21 and stop at one of 44 bike commute stations for free snacks, giveaways, bike maps, commuting info, and bike checkups.
Bike the open road at Summer Streets
Summer Streets are a great time to dust off your bike and get back in the saddle. Practice riding on streets free of cars. Biking is the perfect way to get to the four Summer Streets events: Ballard, May 21; Alki, May 23; Greenwood, August 13; and Rainier Valley, August 21.
Volunteer for Summer Streets
Summer Streets would not be possible without volunteers! Be a promotion organizer building buzz for events, a creative organizer of event activities like bike parades and interactive art, or volunteer the day of the event helping hundreds of Seattleites enjoy Summer Streets. Fill out our online form and event organizers will get back to you quickly.
Heads Up: Coming in June
- Green Festival: June 5 & 6 Discover great green products and services. Learn how Seattle neighbors, community groups, and city departments are making Seattle a healthier place to live. Get an “Undriving License” and learn about walk, bike, and transit options at the transportation resource center. Arrive by bike or transit and save $5 off admission. Free bike valet is provided. Click here for details.
- Family Bike Expo: June 6, Seward Park (concurrent with Bike Sunday) Familybike.org lets you try out a variety of family biking setups such as: front mounted child seats, trailers, bakfiets, tandems, recumbents, pedicabs, and Xtracycles. See what your kids like and talk with families like yours who have made the plunge into family biking. Click here for details.
- Bike to dinner: Tues. June 29 Join Seattle area residents in bicycling to and from local restaurants. Click here for details.
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