New Roosevelt-to-Downtown Bike Train starts service Friday

Seattle’s newest bike train will begin service from the future Roosevelt light rail station, serving Ravenna, the U District, Wallingford, Fremont and Queen Anne en route to South Lake Union and downtown.

Started by Nick van den Heuvel, the route meets 7:30 a.m. Friday at Broadcast Coffee on Roosevelt Way just north of NE 65th Street. The ride starts at 8 and will arrive downtown by 9. The plan is to host the bike train every Friday morning.

This is the third bike train route, inspired by southend neighbors who earlier this year started bike trains from Othello to downtown via Beacon Hill and Columbia City to downtown via Mount Baker. The whole idea was inspired by bike trains in other cities, especially New York City, and by West Seattle neighbors who organized group rides ahead of the Viaduct shutdown.

Want to help start a bike train serving your neighborhood? Check out this FAQ and email info@seattlebiketrain.com for some help getting started. And, of course, let Seattle Bike Blog know so I can help spread the word. Feel free to use the comments below to get organized.

More details on the Roosevelt Line from Seattle Bike Train:

Map showing the planned route starting at 65th and Roosevelt, then traveling south on Roosevelt to the Burke-Gilman Trail, then west to Fremont, then south along Westlake into downtown.

Map from Seattle Bike Train.

This route leaves from Broadcast Coffee on 6515 Roosevelt Way NE near 65th, travelling via the Roosevelt Ave protected bike lane to the Burke-Gilman Trail, stopping at PCC Fremont to pick up riders, traveling along the Westlake bike path, 9th Ave, Bell St., the 2nd Ave. protected bike lane, making a stop at Westlake Park, before returning to 2nd Ave and ending at Marion/2nd. The ride meets around 20-30 minutes before departing in case you need a refresher with basic cycling practices; however, more experienced riders are welcome to show up closer to the Ride Start Time.

Don’t have a bike? Read the FAQ for solutions!

  • Ravenna/Roosevelt – Start
    • Meet at Broadcast Coffee (6515 Roosevelt Way NE)
    • Depart at 8:00 AM on Fridays
      • Meetup as early as 7:30 AM
  • Fremont – Stop
    • Meet in the protected lane across from PCC Fremont. (600 N. 34th St.)
    • Depart at: 8:30 AM on Fridays [Estimated]
  • Westlake Park
    • Arrives approximately 8:50 AM.
    • We skip this stop if this is not a destination for the morning’s riders.
  • Occidental Square/Pioneer Square/Downtown – End
    • Arrival: 9:00AM [Estimated]
  • You can join the ride along the route by requesting a flag stop when you RSVP.
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