The new 520 bridge trail for bikes and pedestrians has been open for three weeks and we’ve been waiting for a non rainy day to give it a try! I’ll start by saying that this ride is significantly more enjoyable than it sounds (after all, it’s a bike trail next to the freeway). I would also add that it is a much more pleasant riding experience than the 1-90 bridge. It also has a great view!
We started the ride at the UW light rail station, we took light rail but you can also park at UW after noon on Saturdays and all day Sunday for free (as long as there isn’t a game or event going on). From there, you ride south across the montlake bridge and then down E Hamlin street, which takes you directly to the new trailhead (this interchange will be changing when the new 520 interchange (construction on the interchange is beginning later in 2018). From there, it’s a three mile ride across the bridge. The trail is wide, with frequent widenings with benches and interpretive signs, and a sold barrier from traffic in addition to a separation lane.
The total ride from the light rail station to the east side of the bridge and back was a short 7 miles, a great getting-back-on-the-bike sort of ride. If you wanted a longer ride, you could ride north or west along the Burke Gilman trail, or do all or part of the Lake Washington loop.
Overall it’s a great addition to King county’s bike infrastructure and surprisingly delightful ride in its own right.