Beautiful scenery, mild temperatures and plenty of well maintained bicycle paths are just a few reasons Seattle is such a great cycling town. Whether you're looking to explore the city at a leisurely pace or venture off the beaten path, Seattle has got it all. The Seattle Department of Transportation is constantly striving to make it easier and more safe for pedestrians and riders to get around the city by adding new paths and routes each year. Escape the city and make your way to Bainbridge Island — Photo courtesy of Visit Seattle (Facebook)
Get to know Seattle a little better by cycling around the paved paths throughout downtown core and historic neighborhoods. Mountain views, charming cafes and local faces will accompany you on your adventure. Not to mention, Seattle is home to a number of attractions and there's a good chance you can get to your destination on two wheels. Here are urban trails that are worth checking out:
- Burke-Gilman Trail
- Interurban Trail
- Myrtle Edwards/Elliott Bay Trail
- Chief Sealth Trail
- Alki Trail
- Duwamish Trail
- Ship Canal Trail
Sri Chinmoy monument along the Burke Gilman Trai — Photo courtesy of Ingrid Taylar (Flickr)
Another option is to grab your bike and head to the Bainbridge Island ferry. Not only is it the largest residential island in the Puget Sound, but it also has 18 miles of scenic trails to entice you. You should budget for this to take about five hours at a steady pace. There are plenty of picture-perfect areas that are ideal for rest and a picnic along the way.
For those of you that are feeling more ambitious, why not take it to the next level and cycle the annual Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic? It's a one and two-day (depending on your ability) supported ride that will take you along 202 scenic miles. It's a Seattle cycling institution and has been around since 1979 and never fails to fill up quickly.
If you haven't been on a bicycle in a long time, Seattle is an ideal place to get back on it and remember why bike rides are so much fun!