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Car-free days for Lake Washington Boulevard bike rides are returning this summer

Bicycle Sundays are a time-honored Seattle tradition

TIA International Photography/Seattle Parks and Recreation

For about a decade now, Seattle Parks and Recreation has closed off a South Seattle section of Lake Washington Boulevard to motorized vehicles for several Sundays starting in late spring and through the summer. Parks announced the 2019 Bicycle Sundays dates back in January, but as warmer, sunnier weather returns to Seattle, it’s a good opportunity to start planning out those weekend rides.

Lake Washington Boulevard will be closed off to car traffic between Mount Baker Beach and Seward Park on May 12, 19, 26; June 16 and 23; July 7 and 14; August 11 and 18; and September 1, 8, and 15.

This stretch of Lake Washington Boulevard is especially scenic, and makes an especially good bike ride for beginners and families—or anyone looking for a safe, pretty, stress-free ride. The May rides are also a great chance to get back in the saddle if your bike’s been idling all winter.

The ride also connects to the similarly stress-free and family-friendly Seward Park Loop, a wide, paved path that winds through both wooded areas and lakeside stretches, with plenty of spots to pull aside for a picnic.

Bonus: The starting point at Mount Baker Beach is just a 20-minute walk (or 10-minute ride) along a greenway from Mount Baker Station.