Cycling and Seattle go together. The city is environmentally conscious, and Seattleites enjoy getting outside to cycle for fun or commuting. The greater Seattle area is home to bike lanes, buses that carry bikes, and bike trails. Cycling is embraced by the community, and public services support the biking.
Burke Gilman TrailThe Burke Gilman Trail is one of the best known bike trails in the greater Seattle area. The trail is 19.8 miles, and runs from Bothell to Shishole Bay. The trail passes through Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, the University District, Fremont, and Ballard. For the most part, this trail is flat and paved. It is quite scenic. This trail serves as a bike trail for commuters and recreational users. Other users include walkers, runners, and in-line skaters. It connects with the Sammamish Slough Trail in Bothell. This is a family friendly trail with many entrances and exits to the trail.
Interurban Trail (South)The Interurban Trail (south) is 18.1 miles, and runs from Tukwila to Fife. The main part of the trail goes from Fort Dent Park in Tukwila to Pacific, and is 14 .8 miles long. This segment goes through the cities of Kent, Auburn, Algona, and Pacific. This is a popular commuter route in the south-end. The trail follows the historic interurban rail line which operated in the early 1900’s between Seattle and Tacoma. The route is straight and flat. The trail is not fully complete at this time. Two un-attached segments go the rest of the way to Fife. The trail will be handicap accessible when it is complete.
Sammamish Slough TrailThe Sammamish Slough Trail is 10.9 miles, and runes from Bothell to Marymoor Park in Redmond. This trail follows the scenic and quiet Sammamish Slough passes through Woodinville on its way to Redmond. The trail is used by commuters and recreational users. Other users include runners, in-line skaters, and walkers. The trail connects with the Burke Gilman Trail, East Lake Sammamish Trail, Puget Power Trail, Eastside Rail Corridor, and the Tolt Pipeline Trail. This is a family friendly trail, though there are long sections without access to services.
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Interurban Trail (North)The Interurban Trail (north) is 24 mile trail, running from Seattle to Everett. The trail runs through the communities of Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, and Lynnwood. This trail follows the original electric railway through residential communities, business corridors, and to abandoned drive-in theater. This trail does have detours along the way, which may include bike lanes, roads or sidewalks. It is a paved trail with soft shoulders, and portions are suitable for all ages and skill levels.
Chief Sealth TrailThe Chief Sealth Trail is 4.5 miles through the Beacon Hill neighborhood. It starts just outside of Jefferson Park, and runs to Kubota Gardens. Though relatively short, this trail is popular with cyclist and others in the community. It gives easy access to transit, and offers a route out of the main traffic flow in the area. The trail is used by cyclists, in-line skaters, walkers, and runners.Related: Best Bike Shops In Seattle
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