Eli Sanders over at Slog rode along with the evening commute back to West Seattle and found the ride to be easy, fast and even historic, given the views of Viaduct construction (deconstruction?) you get to take in along the way.
As we wrote earlier this week, biking is absolutely the best (and fastest) way to get to and from West Seattle. Cascade Bicycle Club has been helping first-time bike commuters get downtown with group rides this week from the Junction to downtown.
Bike commuters pulled over to the side of the bikway, gawking like little kids at the giant orange machines that were jackhammering and sawing apart the big double-decker roadway, or else jawing about in its remains.
There were tons of them, the commuters, a steady stream out of downtown in the kind of gear that only serious, regular commuters wear—the highly reflective gear that looks basically like what the Viaduct destruction guys had on. If there was fury and gridlock on the roads around us, we were blissfully unaware down there on the sea-level bike path, which was too low to allow direct sightlines to the lanes of I-5 or the decks of the West Seattle Bridge.
I heard many anecdotes that there has been a significant increase in people commuting by bike to and from West Seattle this week. Have you noticed an increase? Are you one of these first-time commuters?
Also, how easy is it to get a bike on the water taxi during commute rushes? I’ve never done it, but it sounds like a pretty cool option for a truly unique commute.