Seattle Parks announced a scaled-back schedule for Bicycle Weekends on Lake Washington Boulevard (known since 1968 as Bicycle Sunday). The route and number of weekends are the same, but the timeframes have been cut back significantly. The department also removed the July 4 holiday from the schedule.
The lineup is still larger than years before 2020, when the event only lasted for a few hours on select Sundays in the spring and summer. But the 2023 schedule seems to ignore well-reasoned suggestions from Rainier Valley Greenways to make the schedule more predictable by holding the events every weekend and holiday, instead opting to reduce the car-free time compared to 2022 by waiting until 10 a.m. Saturday to put up the road closure barriers rather than putting them in place Friday evening. The department will also remove the barriers at 6 p.m. on Sundays rather than taking them down Monday morning.
It will still be a wonderful time, like it has been for a half century. My kid recently learned how to ride her bike, and she is extremely excited about being able to bike in a big street. Lake Washington Boulevard is such a beautiful place. It’s a shame it is reserved for stressful car traffic the vast majority of the year.
May: 20-21; 27-28
June: 17-18; 24-25
July: 1-2; 15-16
August: 19-20; 26-27
September: 2-3; 16-17