May is Bike Everywhere Month! Here’s what you need to know to get biking around Seattle.

Two people bike down the street in Seattle. Photo credit: Jeanné Clark.

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Spring is here! Lighter and warmer days mean it’s time to bring out the bikes and get ready to ride. Along with our partner organizations, we offer many programs and projects to help people of all ages and abilities bike around the city.


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Biking, walking, and rolling are great ways to get outside, stay healthy, and get where we need to go. Biking also supports the City’s goal to have 90% of all personal trips have zero emissions by 2030. Zero-emissions modes of transportation include walking, rolling, biking, and taking transit, or using Electric Vehicles (EVs).


Bike map and guide

  • Our 2022 bike map is the most up-to-date map of Seattle’s bike lanes, neighborhood greenways, and other bicycle connections in Seattle.
  • You can get a 2022 map mailed to you for free! Request a copy.
  • Later this month, we plan to publish the updated Seattle Bike Guide, your guide to everything bicycling in Seattle.

New bike routes thanks to the Levy to Move Seattle

  • In 2021, thanks to the voter-approved Levy to Move Seattle, we completed nearly 7 miles of new protected bike lanes, and more than 7 miles of new Neighborhood Greenways.
  • Since 2016, we’ve completed about 4 miles of bike lanes and 24 miles of protected bike lanes (which have a physical barrier between people biking and moving vehicles). We have also created almost 27 miles of Neighborhood Greenways.
  • Check out this video to see Seattleites putting some recently completed bikeways to good use.
  • Thank you, Seattle, for making these possible with your Levy tax dollars!
  • Stay Healthy Streets are another option open to people walking, biking, and rolling. They are closed to pass-through vehicle traffic.
Biking along a Neighborhood Greenway.
Biking along a Neighborhood Greenway. Photo: SDOT

Bike tune-ups, rentals, and bike-share

  • The city’s many local bike shops can get your bike tuned-up and ready to ride. You can find a list of them here.
  • Don’t have a bike? Check out these rentals or one of the city’s bike share programs.

Planning ahead

Once your bike is good to go, you’re ready for next steps. Planning ahead can make you feel safe and prepared.

  • Find a well-fitting helmet to help keep you safe.
  • Where do you want or need to go? Try mapping your route ahead of time using a paper or online 2022 bike map.
  • Check out the Bikery’s Commuter Help Desk for hands-on help planning your trip.
  • Review the bike guide to make sure signaling and rules of the road are fresh in your mind.
  • Then, grab a friend to go with you on a practice ride. The most important thing is feeling safe and comfortable on your trip!

Celebrating Bike Everywhere Day

  • You can join your fellow cyclists today, Friday, May 20 for Bike Everywhere Day!
  • Throughout the month, Cascade Bicycle Club runs the Bike Everywhere Challenge.
    • Riders in the Challenge can track and compare trips, win virtual badges, and participate a community passionate about cycling.
  • Check out Cascade’s web page for group rides, happy hour rides, and more fun, bike-friendly ways to celebrate all month long!

These videos from Commute Seattle show some of our neighbors sharing their climate-friendly commute story.

This one is about a Seattle Public Schools (SPS) middle school teacher who bikes every day from the Central District to school:

Video highlighting Jessica, a Seattle Public Schools (SPS) middle school teacher who bikes everyday to work. Video credit: Commute Seattle

Bike to school with friends and family

  • Bike Everywhere Month is also a great time to try out biking to school. In May, we also celebrate National Bike & Roll to School Day.
  • Many students have celebrated so far this month!
Concord Elementary & Genesee Hill Elementary. Photo: Seattle Public Schools
  • Concord International Elementary in South Park welcomed students to school with watermelon and free lights, coloring books, and colored pencils. Many students walked or biked to school that day. Students also took calendars where they can track their walking and biking minutes each day and receive prizes at the end of the month. Kate Ayers has been teaching at Concord since 2000 and supporting students in walking and biking for all 22 years!
  • Genesee Hill Elementary in West Seattle also celebrated Walk, Bike, & Roll to School Day. Over 100 kids biked and rode scooters to school and many walked. Students got an enthusiastic welcome from Principal Dunn and parent volunteers. Everyone received free reflectors, stickers, coloring books, and pencil cases.
  • One Seattle Public Schools middle school teacher bikes every day to school! Learn more here.

Here are some other ways we and our partners support biking and rolling to school:

Keep flipping your trip!

  • Sign up at FlipYourTrip.org to receive a special welcome bonus worth $25 in FREE trips you can use on transit, water taxi, and bike/scooter-share (using the Transit GO Ticket app).
  • You can also receive your first month free on Metro vanpools, personalized trip planning, informational events, and more.
  • If you join Flip Your Trip participants in the Cascade Bicycle Club’s Bike Everywhere Challenge, you are eligible for a weekly drawing to win $100 gift cards to local restaurants and bike shops!
  • Learn more about biking during the West Seattle Bridge closure on Cascade’s website.
  • West Seattle Bike Connections can help with route suggestions from West Seattle.

West Seattle area bike events

Date Time Details
Saturday, May 14 Alki Beach 10 AM – 2 PM The BikeMobile and Outdoors for All will provide accessible bike repairs and rides for riders of all ages and abilities.
Thursday, May 19 Back Alley Bike Repair 4 PM A Peace Peloton and Jones Barbeque bike ride between Downtown to Georgetown. 
Friday, May 20 West Seattle Bridge Bike Trail 6 – 9 AM &
4 – 7 PM
Bike Everywhere Day Celebration Station: Stop by for snacks, beverages, free light sets, bike repair services, and drawings to local restaurants and bike shops.
Saturday, May 21 Delridge Community Center 10 AM – 1 PM Bring the family to the Bike Rodeo and get free helmets and fitting, bike maintenance checks, and ride a bike safety course.
Sunday, May 22 Occidental Park 5 PM A Peace Peloton and Beer Star bike ride from Occidental Park to White Center.
Table of recent and upcoming Bike Everywhere Month community events in West Seattle.

We hope you enjoy the rest of Bike Everywhere Month. Thank you for biking!

Article Source: News from City of Seattle