Trails, greenways, and bike routes: Part III continues an overview of some of the recommended bicycle routes in Seattle. In Part II readers learned about routes to downtown Seattle primarily from Ballard and Magnolia. Part III continues the overview moving east.
A popular bicycle route in Seattle to and from downtown is Greenwood Avenue N from N 105th southward to where the street curves into Phinney Avenue N at NW 67th. The route continues south on Phinney Avenue N to 50th at which point, riders are guided along N 50th to Fremont Avenue N. From Fremont Avenue N, riders can once again continue across the Fremont Bridge to Dexter or turn left on N 34th St. to ride up the hill or turn onto the Burke-Gilman Trail. Bike lanes follow most of Greenlake Avenue N, however, there’s a gap between N 83rd and N 85th Streets, and sharrows are used between N 103rd and N105th Streets.
Another popular route for bicyclists is to ride around Greenlake via Greenlake Drive from N. 83rd Street to where it becomes Greenlake Way N crossing N 50th to continue down Stone Way N. This route just like Fremont Avenue N leads riders to the Burke Gilman Trail. There is bike lane around the east half of the lake. Sharrows lead from N 55th down to N 50th where again there is bike lane. Stone Way N is marked with a combination of sharrows with a bike lane on the uphill side of the street from N 34th to N 45th Streets. The signed route after completing the east half of the lake, turns right on N 50th St paralleling Woodland Park Zoo. Signage continues to lead south on Fremont to cross the bridge and continue downtown on Dexter as well as continue west along N 50th turning onto Phinney Ave and north.
Eastbound, N 45th St. is marked with sharrows from Stoneway N to 17th NE at the University of Washington. There are no markings for bicycles where NE 45th continues downhill as it leads to University Village shopping center.
Watch for Part IV which describes popular bike route east of I-5.