Being new to Seattle from Southern California, we have embraced the very green-culture that surrounds us. Aside from vigorous recycling and a loving allegiance to Trader Joe’s, we have come to realize that Seattle is the most bicycle-friendly city, ever! The drivers in cars and trucks take painstaking efforts to avoid you. Ok, some even slam on the brakes even though you are still 5 feet from the curb just to let you pass! For those who are new to or without a bike, we suggest checking out Yelp.com for your local favorite bicycle shop (there will be many to choose from!) or Craigslist. We also suggest checking out this website for great starter information: http://www.jimlangley.net/crank/howtobuyabike1.html.
As we struggle to make our way into spring on what seems like a daily basis, we do get a break in the clouds and rain, which serves as a cause for celebration! What better way to celebrate with our best canine friend than to take them on a bike ride! We have discovered and ridden the already-popular riding trails near downtown Seattle that have both human riders and canines bouncing their way into spring!
1. Terminal 91 Bike Path/Elliot Bay Trail
Located next to Olympic Park and a few blocks away from Pike Place Market, Terminal 91 Bike Path is the perfect bike path for a relaxing cruise along the bay. Bicyclist and pup get a full view of the bay in all its splendor and glory. On a clear, sunny day, the Olympics are so clear, you feel like you can bike to them. Heading northwest, the trail takes you to Whole Foods at Interbay, a great place to stop by for a mid-bike snack! You can also access Ballard, Discovery Park, Magnolia, and Golden Gardens. Heading back south, you will get a beautiful eyeful of the magnificent cluster of high rises, bay front restaurants and hotels, before ending up in Pike Place Market to end the bike ride with treats for your heart’s delight. You can also access the heart of downtown from the trail to enjoy a more challenging yet exciting bike ride through the hustle and bustle of downtown.
2. Burke-Gilman Trail
Depending where you are in downtown, you can access the Burke-Gilman trail by heading towards the Ballard Locks or Gas Works Park. Our typical route takes us up through Lake Union across the Fremont Bridge to Gas Works Park where we jump on the trail. The Burke-Gilman is a quiet, clean, and safe trail that welcomes bicyclists of all levels: kiddies in their training wheels, people who want to cruise along for fun, and avid cyclists who are training for an intense race. The trail leads you to the University District, Warren G. Magnusson Park, Sand Point, and Matthews Beach Park. Be sure to take a break and stop by these beautiful parks for more leisurely riding adventures. If you choose to continue past Matthews Beach Park, the trail will take you to Bothell and the gorgeous Log Boom Park. Going even further (yes, we went further), Burke-Gilman Trail ends and Sammamish River Trail in Redmond begins which many bicyclists take to get to Redhook Woodinville Brewery. While this is already further outside downtown Seattle than you may want to go, it is good to know you have many options and many surprises in store for you from this local trail.
We can assure you that these trails will not disappoint the pup that loves to be outdoors. From large pups that can job along side their parent via leash or smaller pups, like Charlie, who rides in a pet basket, this will become another “favorite” on their list of favorite things. Be sure to check all safety gear first, helmets for the kiddies, parental unit, and some form of reflective gear for your pup. Also, be sure to stay on the right side of the lane for leisure riding to let the trainers pass by on the left and make sure to keep the family hydrated! Happy bicycling!