My Favorite Bicycle Commute
This map shows my current favorite bicycle commute. It is a mix of
about 50% dirt trails and 50% road riding, but most of the roads are
low traffic. It is about 11 miles of riding (and 3 miles of bus
riding) which means I can do it in about an hour. I rarely see other
people on the route, so it gives me some quiet time to escape work.
Each of the flags on the map corresponds to one of the pictures
below. Eventually I will make an image map so that you can click on
the flag and see the correct picture.
Bridal Crest Trail
My commute starts from the corner of NE 156th Ave and 40th Ave NE
in Redmond, WA. I ride along 156th (which has moderate traffic to
51st Ave NE, then almost no traffic) to 60th Ave NE. At 60th Ave NE I
get onto Bridal Crest Trail. This is a skinny dirt trail that can
get a little overgrown in the summer but is otherwise fun to ride. In
the winter I'll often skip the trail and take Old Redmond Road instead
(which is about 1/4 mile north).
60th Ave NE
Bikes aren't allowed in Bridal Crest State Park, so I have to
stick to 60th Ave NE for a couple of miles. There is a pedestrian
bridge that crosses 405. Just after the bridge take a left onto
114th to get to Watershed Park.
Watershed Park isn't on most maps, but has a couple of miles of
nice trails. It also lets you avoid a bit of the riding on 108th (not
that 108th is bad, the park is just more fun). Inside the park I take
the lower part of loop 1 from the entrance on the upper left to to the
peace sign, then trail 1 to the you are here indicator. To do this just
take a right at every intersection. On a nice day you might as well
take the time to ride all of loop 1 and loop 2.
Finishing off the Eastside
The Burke Gilman and Ravenna Park
800 x 600
This summer (2003) I'm mostly commuting on my Heron Touring.
When I'm carrying my laptop I use the Arkel Briefcase pannier that
is shown. Many days I only carry a change of clothes and they can
fit along with my tools in the Baggins Little Joe saddle bag shown
behind my seat. I use the Carradice SQR to make the Little Joe
easily removable for the bus part of the commute. Most of my bikes
have a generator hub, but I just bought this one, so currently I'm
using a rechargable battery light. This bike is ideal for commuting
on because I can carry a good amount of stuff on it, it fits wider
tires (good for the dirt portions of my commute) and it has a more
upright position that I find to be better for city riding.