Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Commuting
Reload this Page >

Seattleites, need your help. Car-free and looking for a place to live.

Notices
Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

Seattleites, need your help. Car-free and looking for a place to live.

Old 01-14-11, 12:52 PM
  #1  
zoltani
sniffin' glue
Thread Starter
 
zoltani's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Seattle
Posts: 3,182

Bikes: Surly crosscheck ssfg, Custom vintage french racing bike, Bruce Gordon Rock & Road

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Seattleites, need your help. Car-free and looking for a place to live.

I'm moving to the Seattle area and looking for a place. The basics:

- I am car-free and would like to stay that way
- Would like to be close to grocery, restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and such
- My office will be in Kirkland, so I need to take into account the commute

I don't really want to live in Kirkland, would prefer to be in the city. Looking at different areas it seems that North Capitol Hill or the U District would be the most convenient for bus and bus/bike options. The 540 bus is direct from U district to Kirkland, and I could also pick it up on the west side of the bridge from capitol hill. I guess another option is the 255 from downtown.

How often do buses run across 520? Can you usually find a space on the bike rack? How reasonable am I being?

What's it like biking to Kirkland along the north of lake Washington? I-90? Would you do it everyday?

Any and all suggestions would be helpful. Thanks in advance.
zoltani is offline  
Old 01-14-11, 01:36 PM
  #2  
Seattle Forrest
Senior Member
 
Seattle Forrest's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 22,131
Mentioned: 78 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15249 Post(s)
Liked 6,475 Times in 3,660 Posts
They're going to start tolling the 520 this year, which means they're about to start temporary closures to put up the tolling booths. Right now, there are two lanes in each direction on the bridge, and a lot of traffic. Local buses can hold two to three bikes each, so sometimes cyclists wind up having to wait for the next bus. I think if you get on in Kirkland, instead of riding to the last stop, your chances are better ... and the same would be true on the Seattle side. But I've never taken the 520 bridge by bike, so I'm just going on what other cyclists have told me.

I-90 is kind of our of your way. If you were going to take that, you'd want to live somewhere near the end of the I-90 trail in Seattle, so that you don't have to travel very far to the south to catch the bridge, because it'll add at least five miles of doubling back north once you get to the east side.

The Burke Gilman Trail goes around the lake; you leave it in Kenmore, take a big hill through Juanita, and descend into Kirkland. I wouldn't recommend it - just too long.

What part of Kirkland will you be working in?
Seattle Forrest is offline  
Old 01-14-11, 02:08 PM
  #3  
RabidBikeMonkey
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
If you haven't already you might check out the King Country biking map and resources:
https://www.kingcounty.gov/transporta...Bicycling.aspx

Probably your best route around the north end of the lake would be on the Burke Gilman Trail. I've ridden that trail on weekends a few times but can't speak to what it's like for commuters. From what I understand a few miles along that route would be closed for repair and improvements soon, with construction starting in March and ending in October.
https://www.kingcounty.gov/operations...lmantrail.aspx

I think that after the construction is done that this would be a relatively easy commute for the distance. But Kirkland itself is fairly hilly so that could be the most physically challenging part depending on where the office is. I live in Kirkland so I could offer suggestions with a bit more information.

Good luck with the move!
 
Old 01-14-11, 02:44 PM
  #4  
jdgesus 
sɹɐʇsɟoןןnɟsʇıbɟɯo
 
jdgesus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: seattle, too many links
Posts: 3,986

Bikes: fixed gear recumbent trike

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
the I-90 bike route to kirkland is really easy.

so, if you live in on cap hill, you're only a few miles from the the I-90 trail.
go a bit south into the CD and you're even closer.

or medrona, or etc etc etc

again, the ride to kirkland isn't bad.
__________________
Originally Posted by yummygooey View Post
crabon/campy/rapha/roadie-bro.

next step is recumbent.




my bikes | bike blog | beer blog | work 1 | work 2
jdgesus is offline  
Old 01-14-11, 11:06 PM
  #5  
zoltani
sniffin' glue
Thread Starter
 
zoltani's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Seattle
Posts: 3,182

Bikes: Surly crosscheck ssfg, Custom vintage french racing bike, Bruce Gordon Rock & Road

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
So am I wrong to thing that north cap hill would be better than south? The closeness of the bus was somewhat attractive to me. Maybe I'm thinking of that more because I sprained my ankle about a month and a half ago and couldn't cycle for about 3-4 weeks. In that case being close to a direct bus would be nice. There's a certain point where the 255 bus would be closer than the 540? Is that more near the end of the I-90 trail?

Reasonably, how long would it take to ride from cap hill to kirkland, say around cal anderson park using I-90?

The tolls will likely mean that a lot of people will go to I-90 to avoid them, and by this logic 520 will be clearer for buses if they have their own lane to bypass the toll. Will that happen?

I also like the idea that if I am in the mood for a longer ride in the morning, or afternoon, I can take the north route, makes for good commuting.
zoltani is offline  
Old 01-14-11, 11:43 PM
  #6  
zoltani
sniffin' glue
Thread Starter
 
zoltani's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Seattle
Posts: 3,182

Bikes: Surly crosscheck ssfg, Custom vintage french racing bike, Bruce Gordon Rock & Road

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
What part of Kirkland will you be working in?
on kirkland ave
zoltani is offline  
Old 01-15-11, 12:17 AM
  #7  
Shu_Fly
Wolf Bait
 
Shu_Fly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 34
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Zoltani, cross post this over in the PNW forum.
Shu_Fly is offline  
Old 01-16-11, 11:57 AM
  #8  
alr
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Seattle
Posts: 379

Bikes: Nishiki Olympic 12 Mixte, Raleigh DL-1 lady

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 1 Post
Originally Posted by zoltani View Post
So am I wrong to thing that north cap hill would be better than south? The closeness of the bus was somewhat attractive to me.
I don't think that the far north end of cap hill is a good place to be car free. It is very residential and full of 3 M dollar mansions. They are lovely though. I am also not sure exactly where this N. cap hill 540 bus stop is supposed to be located-- do you mean montlake?

Originally Posted by zoltani View Post
Reasonably, how long would it take to ride from cap hill to kirkland, say around cal anderson park using I-90?
This ride would be more physically demanding and farther than riding to Montlake from the top of cap hill.


Originally Posted by zoltani View Post
The tolls will likely mean that a lot of people will go to I-90 to avoid them, and by this logic 520 will be clearer for buses if they have their own lane to bypass the toll. Will that happen?
Quite possible, in my opinion.

I responded to your post in the PNW forum. There is some good info here (https://metro.kingcounty.gov/tops/bike/sr-520.html) on riding across the 520 bridge on any out of service bus (free) when you have a bike.

I know the terrain and area of capitol hill very well, so feel free to pm me with any questions you may have.
alr is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Minnesota Expat
Southeast
12
11-21-13 08:23 PM
mandika
Touring
7
06-24-13 03:02 PM
Level 2
Northeast
9
09-20-11 09:29 AM
earthworm94
Commuting
19
07-20-10 05:50 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.