Eastlake Ave. will be busy for Bike to Work Day on Friday

UPDATE: This post has been changed since it was first published. A llink to a Seattle Times story about the most dangerous places to ride your bike has been added.

Friday is Bike to Work Day and the Seattle Department of Transportation is expecting heavier than usual bicycle traffic on some city streets, including Eastlake Avenue E.

SDOT estimates that 10,000+ bike riders could take to the streets for the morning and afternoon commutes.

The Cascade Bicycle Club has more information about the event on its website.

There will be a number of Commute Stations on major routes in and out of town, including one sposored by REI at the south end of the University Bridge. That station and others will be operating between 6 and 9 a.m.

What can you get at the commute stations? Cascade Bike Club says:

“… Riders can stop by Commute Stations to pick up free schwag, snacks, city and county maps, bicycle commuting information and to have bikes checked for free by our fantastic bike shop station sponsors.”

They’ll also spot check your bike there and you can enter the F5 Bike to Work Day Drawing. 

The Seattle Times has a story today about the most dangerous places to ride your bike in Seattle. No surprise that the University Bridge, including its approaches on Eastlake Ave., are on the list. They also have an interactive map showing where bicycle accidents have occurred. Read more here.

What are your Bike to Work Day plans? Where will you be riding? Let us know in the comments. I’ll try to stop by the University Bridge Commute Station in the morning.