If you rent a bike while in Seattle, you can lock it to the bike rack that we have outside of the Inn dining room. Please ask the bike rental shop for a strong U-lock, because bikes with a less secure lock are more susceptible to theft. Bike rentals are about $50/day. Read more about bicycling in Seattle at www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaps.htm. Popular rides around town include the Burke-Gilman Trail (runs through Ballard-Fremont-Wallingford-U-District-SandPoint-LakeCity-Kenmore), Downtown-to-Alki, Lake Washington Blvd to Seward Park, and Myrtle-Edwards Park to Discovery Park. Seattle has lots of hills, but also marked bike lanes and paths, it's rated one of best cities for bicycling.
The following places rent bikes:
- www.pedalanywhere.com : They deliver bike(s) to the 11th Avenue Inn. Cost is about $80/week. Best deal if you want a bike for more than just one day.
- www.seattle-cycling-tours.com : Located at 8th and Pike near the Convention Center. They also offer bike tours with the cost of the bike included.
- www.playitagainsportsdtseattle.com : Located at Denny and Stewart near REI.
- www.montlakebike.com : Near the Montlake bridge and near the Burke-Gilman trail. Popular ride maps at www.montlakebike.com/maps.html.
- www.thebicyclerepairshop.com : Downtown between the Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square. Popular ride maps at www.thebicyclerepairshop.com/rental-bikes/rides.html.
- www.recycledcycles.com : On the Burke-Gilman Trail in the U-District. Prices might be a little lower than $50/day.
- www.counterbalancebicycles.com : On the Burke-Gilman Trail near U-Village.
Seattle also has a point-to-point bicycle sharing service called Pronto. It's more for local daily commuters than for visitors from out of town. You can learn more at www.prontocycleshare.com.