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Old 07-22-10, 04:12 PM
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SeaTac Airport to Seattle Ferry Terminal

Would someone familiar with Seattle cycling routes check this RWGPS route to see if it seems reasonable? Suggestions? Comments? The route was copied from Google cycling option. Could not get the link to Google map to work.

Will be cycling from the airport to the ferry dock to start tour in mid August.

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You might cross post this in the Pacific Northwest forum, lots of help there.
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This discussion on just this topic at the adventurecycling.org forum might help: https://www.adventurecycling.org/foru...p?topic=7220.0

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Have you considered taking a couple of ferries?
It sounds like you are heading east and the waterfront is the start of a big tour.
If so, then being on the water might make a nice frame.
https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/info_desk/route-maps/

To do this, you would take the Vashon Island ferry from Fauntleroy to the Island -
(where you can stay at a great AYH hostel, by the way)
https://www.vashonhostel.com/
Then you take a passenger only ferry that accepts bicycles right to downtown.
https://www.kingcounty.gov/transporta...shonRoute.aspx
(Weekdays only)

Or you can take your route above most of the way,
But take the water taxi from Duwamish in West Seattle to downtown.
https://www.kingcounty.gov/transporta.../Schedule.aspx

The route map you link to has the ride starting on the far side of Sea-Tac which is a bear to get around - and then there's the crossing of Harbor Island. There are bikeways, but it's nothing to write home to Mom about - - especially if you are unfamiliar with the city - as I was.

Seattle is a great, bike-friendly city - but still you need a bit of familiarity to make it work.
Those of us who are visitors - even those with good map and route finding skills -
Can still seem a little like a deer caught in the headlights.

Here's a link to the King County bike map -
https://www.kingcounty.gov/transporta...Bicycling.aspx

To be Frank (Sinatra? Barney Frank?)
I'd just toss my bike on a bus either to Fauntleroy Ferry or West Seattle -
https://www.soundtransit.org/Riding-S...60-Weekday.xml
(Almost all Seattle buses have bike racks.)
Then cross on the water to downtown without riding -
That way the real tour begins on the waterfront.

And there's the light rail Link to downtown from Sea-Tac.
https://www.soundtransit.org/Riding-S...t-Rail.xml#map
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Originally Posted by jamawani
And there's the light rail Link to downtown from Sea-Tac.
https://www.soundtransit.org/Riding-S...t-Rail.xml#map
+100

We have a winner!!!

If I were going to get from SeaTac to downtown, I would just throw myself and the bike on the (new) Seattle Light Rail and take it all the way to the Chinatown/International District station in downtown. That puts you about 4 easy blocks from the ferry terminal.

There is a youth hostel across the street from the train station.

The route you showed from SeaTac to downtown is as good as any, but it's really not a fun ride. If you want to put in more miles while you are in the city there are lots better rides.
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Originally Posted by jamawani
Have you considered taking a couple of ferries?
It sounds like you are heading east and the waterfront is the start of a big tour.
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Thanks for the suggestions and comments.

Actually, we're heading west to the coast, then to Portland and onto Mt. Rushmore/Rapid City. This on loaded bikes. The light rail sounds inviting but can they accommodate a loaded df? Getting an empty bike plus all our gear on board would be impractical.
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Originally Posted by Cyclebum
Thanks for the suggestions and comments.

Actually, we're heading west to the coast, then to Portland and onto Mt. Rushmore/Rapid City. This on loaded bikes. The light rail sounds inviting but can they accommodate a loaded df? Getting an empty bike plus all our gear on board would be impractical.
I'm not sure was a loaded DF is (diamond frame?).

In any case, they have space for two bikes hanging in each car, and if the bike racks are full you can hold your bike next to you. The cars sit in the station for several minutes, you could:

1. Just load up your bikes and wheel them in.
2. Have one person load the unloaded bikes in the rack, while the other persons shoves all the gear into the car.

If it were me, I'd try for number 1. The only "rule" you'd be violating is that the first two bikes on each car are supposed to be hung in the racks. If you wheel a loaded bike onto a car, I'd be truly shocked if someone asked you to hang it up instead. Sound Transit is pretty bike-friendly.

The worse that can happen is someone would kick you off the train and you'd have to ride your bike downtown.

Seriously, though, I wouldn't do the ride -- I'd take the light rail.

From the Sound Transit website:


maximum of four bicycles are allowed on each Link car at a time.
  • To locate the proper area for bicycle storage, board the car at the doors marked with a bicycle symbol.
  • First two bicycles should be placed on the hooks on each car.
  • Lift bicycle, and hang it on the hook. Each Link car has mounting hooks for two bicycles. When disembarking, be sure to leave adequate time to lower your bicycle and exit the train.
  • Two additional bicycles can be on each car, and must be restrained at all times by the rider while standing; kickstands are not sufficient.
  • Allow other riders to exit and enter the train first.
  • Do not block aisles.
  • Yield priority-seating to passengers with disabilities and to senior citizens.*
  • Transit staff may require bicyclists to wait for the next train due to overcrowding.
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Originally Posted by Cyclebum
Thanks for the suggestions and comments.

Actually, we're heading west to the coast, then to Portland and onto Mt. Rushmore/Rapid City. This on loaded bikes. The light rail sounds inviting but can they accommodate a loaded df? Getting an empty bike plus all our gear on board would be impractical.
BTW, to repeat jamawani posted above, if you *really* just want to fly into SEATAC and get out of town fast, you can also cycle from the airport to the Fauntleroy/West Seattle ferry terminal; take the ferry to Southworth, and then head to the coast.

That puts you on a bee-line for the Pacific Coast. Taking the ferry to Bainbridge Island is better if you're going to loop up and around the Olympic Peninsula.

It's 8 miles from SeaTac to the ferry terminal, shorter than going all the way downtown.
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Thanks again for all the great info. Like the 'get out of town fast' approach.
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