Back in 1971, someone had the brilliant idea to start Bike Sundays on Lake Washington Blvd. If you haven’t ridden LWB on a quiet Sunday morning, get thee to the water!
Bike Sundays is peaceful and scenic and will make you want more road closures. Mingle among riders in racing kits and families out for a jaunt. It’s a great place to take newbie riders and people who aren’t confident about riding with traffic yet. Just remind them to stay right and ride in a straight line. And if you’re a super-fast rider, know that Bike Sundays is a place to slow down and ride with care around less experienced riders.
In particular, I love seeing kids riding joyfully in the street. Remember when you were a kid and your bike was your magical freedom machine? Last year at one Bike Sunday, my then four-year-old son, no doubt emboldened by watching the Tour de France (go Tyler!), pedalled his 16-inch wheels furiously to catch some guys when he shouted gleefully, “Wedgie power!” (Dav Pilkey would be so proud.)
This Sunday, Sightline is leading a Pedal to Picnic from Mount Baker Park to Seward Park. They’ll have veggie sausages, chips and fixings. Pack in any other favorite sunny day picnic supplies, frisbees or field games. No program, no policy, just pedaling, picnicking and plenty of fun!
So get out there, enjoy the sun, fun and smooth pavement at Bike Sundays through the end of September. And if a small boy on a tiny bike sprints past you, he just might be riding his freedom machine across the finish line on his own imaginary Champs-Élysées.
Bicycle along Lake Washington Boulevard south of Mount Baker Beach to S. Orcas St.
Lake Washington Boulevard will be closed to motorized traffic
from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation and Cascade Bicycle Club.
- May 2, 9, 23, 30
- June 6, 13, 27
- July 5 (Monday), 11, 18, 25
- August 1, 22, 29
- September 5, 12, 19, 26