Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Navigating Snohomish County by Bike

Whether you bike as part of your commute or just for fun, Snohomish County offers a lot of great options for getting around and enjoying the beauty of this region.  Here are just a few of the routes that make this a great area for biking.
Snohomish County bicyclist, Jason Wilsey, enjoying the trails!
Centennial Trail – Spanning 30 miles from Snohomish to the Skagit County line, this paved recreational trail provides great opportunities to ride for both beginners and more advanced riders.  The trail connects Snohomish, Lake Stevens and Arlington with parking lots, restrooms and picnic areas located at points between.
Interurban Trail – This 15.1 mile, paved trail is great for commuting and recreational biking.   While most of the trail is separated from traffic, there are several places where the trail is a designated bike route on the road shoulder.  The trail is located next to or near the South Everett Park and Ride, Mariner Park and Ride, McCollum Park Park and Ride, Ash Way Park and Ride, Edmonds Park and Ride and the Lynnwood Transit Center for easy connections to transit.
To find other bike routes in Snohomish County, download a copy of Community Transit’s Snohomish County Bike Map.  Also, check out these other great resources for more information on biking:

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

2013 Bike to Work Day Wrap-up

Last Friday, Community Transit was out at the Lynnwood Transit Center, McCollum Park Park and Ride and Boeing to celebrate Bike to Work Day!  We had 327 bike riders join us for food, coffee and fun!

Thanks to all the bikers that joined us at one of the Community Transit commute stations.

Oxy Gene stopped by the Lynnwood Transit Center commute station to thank
these bike riders for their commitment to cleaner air.

Community Transit and Boeing staffs were out bright and early Friday morning to greet bikers.

A special thanks to our bike mechanics from Bicycle Centres, Harvy’s Bike Shop and
Gregg’s Cycle that were on hand to help riders with minor repairs and maintenance advice!

Thank you to everyone that made Bike to Work Day in Snohomish County a success this year!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Bike to Work Day – May 17

Friday, May 17, is F5 Bike to Work Day and Community Transit is excited to be partnering again this year with Cascade Bicycle Club to recognize bikers throughout Snohomish County that choose to get out and ride to work on that day.

Stop by one of the many Commuter Stations set up around the region for a snack, have your bike checked out by a professional bike mechanic and to chat with your fellow bike commuters.  Community Transit will be hosting two stations this year:

Lynnwood Transit Center
Location: Interurban Trail at 202nd St SW & 46th Ave W
Time of Operation: 6:00am to 9:00 am
Get a chance to meet Oxy Gene and have your bike checked out by a friendly mechanic from Harvy’s Bike Shop.

McCollum Park Park and Ride
Location: 128th St SE and Dumas Road
Time of Operation: 6:00am to 9:00am
Stop by to learn how you can earn rewards for your bike commute through our Curb The Congestion program and get assistance with your bike from Bicycle Centres.

Or stop by one of the other Commute Stations being held in Snohomish County:

Everett Boeing Station sponsored by Boeing
Location: 75th & Seaway
Time of Operation: 5:00am to 8:30am
Station mechanic courtesy of Gregg's Cycle
Everett Station sponsored by Everett Transit
Location: 3201 Smith Ave (South of Pacific)
Time of Operation: 5:00am to 9:00am
Station mechanic courtesy of Tim's Bike Shop
For more information on all the Bike to Work Day activities happening around the region, visit

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Community Transit Bike Lockers Available Now!

As Bike Month gets underway, have you found yourself wanting to ride your bike to work or school but think it’s just too far?  Try combining bicycling with your bus commute to make the trip easier.  Community Transit has 116 bike lockers located at 15 of our Park & Rides.  Renting a bike locker is a secure, weatherproof way to store your bike while you complete your trip by bus, carpool or vanpool.  Our bike locker rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis at a rental rate of $60 per year plus a conditionally-refundable deposit of $50.

Bike locker at Mountlake Terrace Transit Center
Bike locker locations:Ash Way Park & Ride
Canyon Park Park & Ride
Eastmont Park & Ride
Edmonds Park & Ride
Lake Stevens Transit Center
Lynnwood Transit Center
Mariner Park & Ride
Marysville Ash Ave Park & Ride
Marysville Cedar & Grove Park & Ride
McCollum Park Park & Ride
Monroe Park & Ride
Mountlake Terrace Transit Center
Snohomish Park & Ride
Stanwood Park & Ride
Swamp Creek Park & Ride

With warmer weather approaching, there isn’t a better time to try one!  Feel free to contact our bike locker coordinator at or (425) 348-2332 to inquire about availability.
To learn more about combining your bicycling with your bus commute visit

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Spring Into Gear, Bike Month Is Here

Today marks the first day of national Bike Month and Community Transit is encouraging people to get out there and ride a bike to work, to a transit center or just for fun. Whether it is your first time on a bike or you have a closet full of padded shorts and spandex, there are many benefits you can get from riding a bike. Here are a few good reasons to spring into gear this month and get riding.

"Oxy Gene supports bikes and buses. "Oh yeaahh!"
It is cheaper than driving.
According to AAA, the average cost of operating a car in 2012 was 58.5 cents per mile. For many drivers that can add up to thousands of dollars each year. An article in Forbes Magazine in 2012 stated the annual cost of operating a bike was just $308 – accounting for a huge savings over driving each day.
For people with longer trips, combining biking with transit is another great way to keep costs down. Check out our cost calculator to see what your savings could be.

It supports a healthy lifestyle.
Biking is one of the best activities for improving your overall health, including:
• Improved cardiovascular health and a decrease in coronary heart diseases
• Increased coordination, balance and flexibility
• Improved muscle tone and strength
• Increased endurance and stamina
• Decreased obesity and weight-related diseases
• Strengthened  immune system

It gets you out of traffic.
Americans spend more than 25 minutes driving to work each day according to the 2010 U.S Census. By avoiding congestion, cycling could help you get there faster and avoid sitting in traffic.

It connects you to transit.
Biking is a great way to connect to local and regional transit near your home or work. Community Transit encourages bus riders to incorporate bikes into their daily commute. Every Community Transit bus is equipped with a two-bike rack in the front. Swift buses have three interior bike racks so riders can quickly roll their bikes right onto the buses. Bus riders can also store their bikes at bike lockers located at park & rides throughout the county. Learn more at

It is a free gym on wheels.
By combining your daily workout with your commute or errands, you can save yourself a trip to the gym and free up more time to do other things you enjoy. 

It makes your community better.
There are many benefits to the community when people choose to ride their bikes regularly:
• It reduces congestion on roadways by removing cars
• It removes greenhouse gas emissions
• The more bicycles on the road, the safer it becomes because drivers are more aware of their surroundings
• It encourages local spending and engagement

And the last reason to ride your bike this May and all year long: It’s Fun!

Community Transit is supporting bike activities all month long throughout Snohomish County. To learn more, visit Cascade Bicycle Club’s Bike Month website.