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Bicycles in Seattle

Despite sometimes uncooperative weather, cycling is very popular in Seattle for both commuting and recreation. Drivers are generally courteous, and many bike routes and trails exist. Cycling is a great way to get to and around campus. Note that King County and Seattle both require cyclists to wear helmets, and that unlocked bicycles often disappear.

Bicycle Maps: Bicycle maps are available online through Seattle and King County web sites. Note that the Burke Gilman Trail, one of the most popular separated cycling trails in the area, runs through campus.

King County:

Cycling Clubs: Seattle's Cascade Cycling Club is thought to be the largest in the nation, with over 5000 members. Club web sites provide links to address almost any cycling need, and publicize guided group rides that visitors are welcome to join. See:

  • Cascade Cycling Club: Seattle's all-purpose club for cycling and cycling advocacy
  • Seattle Bicycle Club: Also a great source for group rides and other information
  • Redmond Cycling Club: A club for hard-core roadies liking long days in the saddle
  • Backcountry Bicycle Trails Club: A source for mountain and trail cyclists

    Bicycles on buses, ferries: Bicycles are encouraged on both. All Metro buses are equipped with bicycle racks. For information see the Metro Transit cycling page.

    Bicycle rental: Many locations rent bikes, including university area shops such as Recycled Cycles, Ti Cycles, and the Montlake Bike Shop. For a list, see Cascade Cycling Club's community page.

    Updated November 21, 2008