If you’re planning ahead for some bicycling opportunities for entire family in the Seattle area, remember to mark down the dozen dates for Bicycle Sundays this spring and summer.
Beginning in 1965, the city of Seattle set aside several Sundays every summer when a scenic section of Lake Washington Boulevard is closed to vehicular traffic.
The 2 1/2-mile stretch of traffic-free lakeside road runs between Seward Park and Mount Baker Beach.
Depending on the weather, a number of vendors will show up at Seward Park on these Sundays; the Cascade Bicycle Club to sell helmets and provide other helpful information to bicyclists.
It’s only fitting that bicycles be given full rein on the boulevard at least a few days every year, as the corridor was originally proposed as a bicycle path before the advent of the automobile. Construction of the 8 miles of boulevard underwent fits and starts in the early 20th century, with the final two miles to Seward Park finished in 1917.
[HistoryLink.org has an essay about Lake Washington Boulevard.]
Here are the dates for 2015 Bicycle Sundays:
- May 3rd, 17th, 31st
- June 21st, 28th
- July 5th, 12th
- August 9th, 16th, 30th
- September 13th, 20th
More information at the Parks and Recreation Bicycle Sunday