As the Bicycle Capitol of the Northwest, Redmond is home to a cyclist-friendly urban core. The city’s network of bike lanes and scenic trails make it a great place for commuters and recreational bikers to enjoy the outdoors on two-wheels. Redmond also offers bicycle education classes for adults who want to learn how to ride safely and confidently around town.
Perhaps the city’s most popular spot for cycling, the 11-mile Sammamish River Trail runs from Marymoor Park in Redmond to Blythe Park in Bothell. There, it continues on as the Burke-Gilman Trail, stretching all the way to Gasworks Park in Fremont. It’s city-spanning course makes it a great option for bike commuters who live or work near the trail. Ambitious cyclists looking for a lengthy ride can bike the additional 18.8 miles for a lovely view of Lake Union.
Within the borders of Redmond, shorter trails traverse the city. The Bear Creek Trail is 1.5 miles of flat, smoothly paved asphalt to coast along, ending at Leary Way NE and Union Hill Road NE. It joins the newly constructed Redmond Central Connector with the Sammamish River Trail, following alongside it’s namesake creek. Riders can stop by Redmond Town Center along the way for a shopping break or to grab a meal at the myriad restaurants located inside the scenic outdoor complex.
In addition to it’s bike-friendly infrastructure, Redmond also has a handful of local businesses which specialize in cycling and bicycle maintenance so you can get the most out of your ride. You’ll find Element Cycles and Trek Bicycle Redmond, two high-end road and mountain bike shops with bikes for every level of rider, in the vicinity of Downtown Redmond. Not far off is Edge & Spoke, which offers bikes (and skis) for riders and rippers alike.
Family-owned and operated for over 44 years, Redmond Cycle is conveniently located near the Sammamish River Trail. For a tune up near the Microsoft Campus, head over to Performance Bicycle in the Overlake neighborhood; their inventory is well-stocked with all manner of bike parts and accessories. Alternatively, if the prospect of pedaling great distances is holding you back, check out Pedego Electric Bikes Redmond for a bike that will make riding effortless.
For more information about riding bikes in Redmond and other great transportation resources, visit GoRedmond.com. And don’t forget—May is Bike Everywhere Month! Check our calendar for upcoming bike-related events, including the annual Redmond Bike Bash on May 18th! Celebrate bicycling with music, seminars, food trucks, and libations from 4:00 to 7:00pm at the Redmond Central Connector Park between Leary Way and 161st Ave NE.