Seattle Parks and Recreation invites everyone to bike, jog, or stroll along Lake Washington Boulevard South on Bicycle Sunday between Mount Baker beach on the north and Seward Park on the south. On selected days from May to September, the boulevard is closed to motorized traffic from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Here’s a list of nearby Seattle parks with free parking (listed from north to south along the Bicycle Sunday route):
- Colman Park, 1800 Lake Washington Blvd. S, Seattle, WA 98144
- Mount Baker Park Beach, 2521 Lake Park Dr. S, Seattle, WA 98144. Follow Lakeside Dr. to Lake Wash. Blvd., entrance the beach parking lot is to the right.
- Stan Sayres Memorial Park, 3808 Lake Washington Blvd. S, Seattle, WA 98118. Access Stan Sayres from 43 Ave. S. between 10am-6pm.
- Lake Washinton Blvd S and 49 Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
- Lake Washington Blvd South, between S Ferdinand and S Dawson St, Seattle, WA 98118
- Seward Park, 5895 Lake Washington Blvd. S, Seattle, WA 98118
2020 Bicycle Sunday dates
- May 10, 17, 31
- June 7, 28
- July 19, 26
- August 2, 23, 30
- September 6
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Bike Riding Tips for families
- Make sure your child has a bike appropriate for their size. Under the age of six, consider a bike trailer, an attachable seat on your bike, or small bike with training wheels. Around the age of 6-8 you can consider a “real” bike.
- Every rider must always wear a properly fitted helmet that is in good condition.
- Dress for the weather in layers. Especially avoid loose hair, garments, or straps that can catch on the bicycle or passing objects.
- Stay visible on every ride by wearing high visibility (yellow or orange) clothing and reflectors or tape on the bike.
- Be alert when riding; watch both the terrain and your surroundings. Use caution around other bikes and vehicles, and while on sidewalks with pedestrians.
- Before the ride, check each bike for tire pressure and working breaks–children can be taught to check their own bike.
- Before each ride, remind your child about the rules of the road, hand signals, riding safely, and staying together.
- Pack snacks and water in a backpack or pannier to ensure everyone stays hydrated and energized.
- On family rides, young children need to stay with you until they are ready to ride off by themselves–which they will think they are ready to do long before you.
Find more safety information here:
- Bicycle Safety Overview from the U.S. DOT National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Rules of the Road from Seattle DOT
- Tips for Biking from Cascade Bicycle Club
- Summer Bike Safety from the National Safety Council
- Everything you need to know about bike riding in the Puget Sound region at Greater Seattle on the Cheap.
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