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“The best way to explore the Puget Sound region is by bike, and this book is a fantastic resource for doing just that!”
—Elizabeth Kiker, Executive Director, Cascade Bicycle Club
Biking Puget Sound: 60 Rides from Olympia to the San Juans – 2nd Edition (from the outdoor enthusiasts at Mountaineers Books) offers the best road cycling in Seattle and the greater Puget Sound area.
Updated, expanded and completely refreshed for 2014, this new 2nd edition of Biking Puget Sound provides endless recreational outings by bike.
Included are 60 scenic, entertaining and challenging rides for cyclists of all levels. The routes, covering nine Western Washington counties, utilize all major regional paved bike trails as well as the best designated street bike lanes, suburban routes and scenic rural roads.
- Each ride includes a map and a turn-by-turn route guide.
- An elevation profile shows an overview of the terrain on each ride.
- An engaging narrative tells readers what to expect on each route.
- A locator map and quick reference guide with difficulty, length and highlights enable readers to quickly choose appropriate rides.
- Camping options help you plan bike overnights and longer self-supported biking vacations.
- New public transit directions and GPS coordinates are given for each ride’s starting point.
- Downloadable cue sheets for each route provide an easy reference to take along on the ride.
The author, Seattle writer and ride leader Bill Thorness, rode thousands of miles over two years to research, plan and update the routes, and added 12 completely new rides to the 2nd edition. Engagement with regional bike clubs and scrutiny of municipal transportation changes ensure that only the safest, most current routes throughout our fast-growing region are included.
“This guide is a great resource.” –University Bookstore Staff Favorites
In Biking Puget Sound, readers will learn the best commuting routes, safest trails for biking with young children and most scenic routes for sightseeing, visiting regional attractions, picnicking and gathering with other cyclists.
- Discover routes that make it possible to bicycle virtually anywhere within the region.
- Find varied terrain and destinations that can be ridden right from home, and other great routes that are within an hour’s drive of Seattle.
- Take in the diverse neighborhoods of Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia, as well as dozens of desirable suburban communities and quaint small towns.
- Enjoy the highlights of our lush countryside, from fertile farmland to saltwater harbors.
Added features to make Biking Puget Sound an indispensable resource for regional cyclists include a five-ride, four-island tour of the San Juan Islands; information on bike commuting and safety gear; and resources for access to regional cycling clubs, advocacy organizations and area bike maps.
“Biking Puget Sound has something for everyone.” –Seattle magazine