COUNTDOWN: ‘Summer Parkways’ at Alki next Sunday

Six months after we brought you first word that the city would revive the “car-free day” concept this year and move it back to September, we’re one week away from the Alki edition of “Seattle Summer Parkways.” The map above shows the route along which the westbound – water-side – lane will be closed to motorized vehicles all day, between 63rd SW and Don Armeni Boat Ramp, which is where the Orca Half (Marathon) will start around 9:30 am; the day’s other activities are set to officially run from 11 am to 4 pm. A long list of activity presenters is online here, and we’re expecting even more info before next Sunday arrives, so we’ll continue counting down.

11 Replies to "COUNTDOWN: 'Summer Parkways' at Alki next Sunday"

  • duwamesque September 19, 2016 (8:43 am)

    Maybe next year we can extend Summer Parkways to 364 days a year and let cars use the street as a novelty one day a year. Just a thought.

    • WSB September 19, 2016 (8:52 am)

      For all the complaints about loud cars and bikes, I have heard a few people at meetings make a similar suggestion. Unfortunately the condo stretch ~east of Bonair has no alternative access. Until we get flying cars…

    • SueY September 19, 2016 (12:26 pm)

      Ha!  Thanks for the laugh. I was thinking the same thing.  Didn’t we already have to endure this last weekend during the silly Seattle PARKing day where do-gooder hippies took over the streets and engaged in such riveting activities as dancing,  karaoke and trivia?  All things that could have been easily done in — oh, I don’t know– maybe a PARK?????  Oh, but that’s right, the Seattle parks are already full of homeless meth addicts, who have no intention of leaving.  (Thank you, Mayor Murray)  All I can say is that I hope it rains buckets on everybody like it did last Saturday.

      • WSB September 19, 2016 (12:58 pm)

        If you had to “endure” anything, you weren’t in West Seattle, where the lone parklet was in Westwood Village by Wyatt’s Jewelers (longtime WSB sponsor), which isn’t run by hippies so far as I know. Photo in our Saturday event list. As for the rest of the city, looks like many of them were set up by architecture firms. (Are architects generally hippies? I tend to see them at Design Review meetings where they look rather subdued, but …) And as for rain on Sunday, that hasn’t stopped anyone on one of these days before. The May editions tended to be cloudy/cool/damp. – TR

      • miws September 19, 2016 (3:42 pm)

        I don’t know how many hippies were involved in Seattle PARK(ing) Days, but it looks like it  brought neighbors together throughout the city.


  • Born On Alki 59 September 19, 2016 (9:18 am)

    Flying cars wont stay airborne at 25 mph….

     They will not be allowed in Seattle, sorry.

  • Kathy September 19, 2016 (9:19 am)

    Kids, come to Summer Parkways and bring your bike and helmet to the Bike Rodeo near 61st Ave and Alki Avenue SW.  Have fun on the slow race and obstacle courses, crazy crossroads. Win prizes and decorate yourself, your bike, and the street. Let’s do the sun dance but bring a poncho just in case.  It’s been a year and 4 months since we last had a few hours to play on Alki Avenue!

    • WSB September 19, 2016 (9:32 am)

      Thanks, Kathy – I just asked one of the PR people for Summer Parkways if I could get as much time-specific and location-specific schedule/activity info as possible … anything more that you guys have, … thanks!

  • Another Native September 19, 2016 (1:58 pm)

     Having lived on Alki sine ’85 the correct name for this event should be “drive your bicycle to Alki day” as all the side streets are packed with the cars of people didn’t want to ride their bikes to this event.  All the other “car free” days  were packed with cars also.

  • Marcus m September 19, 2016 (5:14 pm)

    War on Cars!  hippies everywhere!  Get off my damn lawn!

  • Kathy September 21, 2016 (8:04 pm)

    There will be Pronto bikes available to ride for free. You can pick one up at Seacrest Marina near the Water Taxi Dock and ride it to the activities. You can drop it off (or pick one up and do the reverse route) near 61st/62nd and Alki Avenue near Pegasus Pizza and Sunfish. These bikes are step through (skirt friendly) style, with a bell, lights, kickstand, a bungee cord to hold your stuff and a 7 speed- internal gear hub. You change gears by twisting the right handle when stopped or not pedaling.

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