I need general advice about bicycle commuting and specific recommendations for Seattle.
July 22, 2009 2:11 PM Subscribe
I need general advice about bicycle commuting and specific recommendations for Seattle: where to live for commute to UW, bike shop recommendations, must have equipment, neighborhoods to avoid, good routes and trails, and the like.
posted by GPF to Travel & Transportation around Seattle, WA (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm planning a move to Seattle. Lots of good threads on the green about Seattle info and bicycling info. The Seattle department of transportation maps and guides seem fantastic -- any personal experience you could add to using them would be much appreciated.
I'm considering using a bicycle as my main commuting vehicle to the University of Washington. Obviously, closer is better but closer means higher rents and more undergrads -- right? In searching for places to live, I'm trying to gauge how far from UDub I can get and have a tolerable commute. I'm a pretty good judge of my fitness and stamina for it, but I don't have any idea which neighborhoods make for a convenient ride. As in, I'd prefer an hour long ride on an easy trail to a twenty minute ride on a hilly five-lane road. Are there any definitive architectural encumbrances (e.g. bad bridges, freeway crossings, etc.)?
Bonus for family friendly parks nearby and cheap rents. Double bonus for specific apartment or landlord recommendations.
I'd also love some recommendations for bike shops - especially ones that trade in used gear and cater to the commuter.