Happy Bike to Work Day! (you are biking today, right?) We’re lucky here in the CD since we live just a couple of miles from where most of the jobs are in the region, making bike commuting a great option.
For eight years I was a fair-weather cycler to and from my jobs downtown. It’s actually the quickest way to travel. Faster and less aggravating than the bus, and cheaper and often faster than driving and parking. For example, I could make it from my home to Pioneer Square in just 8-12 minutes depending on how I hit the lights. Coming back is a bit longer at 15-25 minutes due to the hill, but it’s great exercise and a good way to shed the stress of the day.
My main route theories:
- Avoid 23rd & MLK due to heavy traffic and high vehicle speeds
- Pick routes with consistent grades, taking advantage of speed on the downhill sections and avoiding the steepest or otherwise unnecessary climbs
Here’s the best routes I’ve found for major destinations, using 23rd & Cherry as the starting point (assuming it’s the geographical center of the CD):
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You’ll notice that there’s one gaping hole in the map: I’ve never ridden to the UW, so I can’t offer any tips. But if you do or have suggestions for other routes, tell us about it in the comments below.