The Cascade Bicycle Club is preparing its 24-mile bike ride around Lake Washington this weekend.
The Emerald Bike Ride, presented by Kaiser Permanente, will be held on Sunday, May 28 and will close off several lanes of traffic on highways in the region.
Last year’s inaugural Emerald City Bike Ride gave people the chance to bike across the State Route 520 bridge and the Interstate 5 Express Lanes without vehicle traffic. The 2017 Emerald Bike Ride will build off of that amazing route, opening the I-90 Express Lanes to bike riders in addition to the 520 bridge and I-5 Express Lanes, all closed to vehicle traffic. This will be the largest city-streets bike ride in the region with 10,000 bicyclists. Last year’s ride sold out quickly at more than 7,000 registered riders.
Bellevue Mayor John Stokes and Congresswoman Susan DelBene will welcome an estimated 7,000 riders at the Century Link Field start line on Sunday.
“This year’s Emerald Bike Ride route is a once-in-a-lifetime biking opportunity,” said David Douglas, senior director of events at Cascade Bicycle Club. “Biking on the SR 520 bridge, I-5 Express Lanes and I-90 Express Lanes will likely never happen again, and we’re excited to give people the amazing opportunity to experience the region like never before.”
The updated route will include two options: the official 24-mile Emerald Bike Ride route and the 10-mile I-5 Experience Ride. The official 24-mile Emerald Bike Ride route will start at CenturyLink Field then head north on the I-5 Express Lanes, east on the SR 520 bridge, south through Medina and Bellevue, west on the I-90 Express Lanes, finishing up back at CenturyLink Field with the finish festival at Pyramid Brewing. The shorter 10-mile I-5 Experience Ride will be a north-to-south loop on the I-5 Express Lanes, starting and finishing at the same location.