Bicycles will rule the road along a 2 1/2-mile stretch of Lake Washington Boulevard in Seattle just about every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 2 and Sept. 26 this year.
Bicycle Sundays is back in 2010, which means all motorized traffic will be prohibited along the scenic lake-front road between Mount Baker Beach and Seward Park.
It's good to hear, but not at all surprisingly, that the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department is continuing the event that's been a Seattle tradition for some four decades. Seattle's new mayor, Michael McGinn, rides a bicycle.
Bicycle Sundays is Seattle's own version of ciclovia, in which cities will close off certain streets vehicular traffic and allow only bicycles and pedestrians. The largest such event occurs in Bogata, Colombia, where 70 miles of streets are closed to traffic every Sunday and holiday.
The 19 Bicycle Sunday dates in Seattle make great summer outings for the family. The route is level and there are restrooms in parks at each end and in the middle. Those wanting to stretch their legs a little more can take the loop around Seward Park.
Plenty of recreational cyclists also incorporate the car-free stretch of road on their longer rides around Lake Washington or elsewhere.
Because of other events, Bicycle Sundays will not occur on May 16, June 20 (Furry 5k and Livestrong Challenge), July 4 (Independence Day, but the ride is scheduled on Monday that week), Aug. 8 (Seafair) and Aug. 15, (Danskin Triathlon).