Weekend scene: Emerald City Ride on the Alaskan Way Viaduct

Thanks to Gary Potter from Potter Construction (WSB sponsor) for the photos from this morning’s big ride on the Alaskan Way Viaduct:

Rode the Emerald City Ride with Cascade Bike Club this morning. Even the rain didn’t dampen the excitement of being on the viaduct. Great fun!

You can see some other scenes from the ride on the Cascade Twitter feed.

13 Replies to "Weekend scene: Emerald City Ride on the Alaskan Way Viaduct"

  • 98126res April 8, 2018 (5:06 pm)

    I enjoy bike riding and hope they had fun, but find it ridiculous the city approved this Cascade Bicycle event on the Viaduct for the first time ever this year.   Aren’t there enough traffic problems around the downtown core already?

    • PigeonRidge Ben April 8, 2018 (9:06 pm)

      Any specific reason this event being held by Cascade Bicycle Club is especially upsetting? Has the presence of cyclists and their local advocacy group caused you some past discomfort that having the viaduct closed  lto cars on their behalf exacerbates? 

    • Duwamesque April 9, 2018 (11:16 am)

      There is a certain class of people in this town who will not pass up any excuse to complain about cyclists even when they are in no way affected by them on a rainy Sunday morning ride.

  • Eddie April 8, 2018 (5:13 pm)

    Yeah, Sunday morning from 7-9 is a real hellhole of traffic around the downtown area.

  • Michael G April 8, 2018 (6:51 pm)

    How about 7-11:30, Which it was.

    • Felix Grounds April 9, 2018 (8:35 am)

      Yes, yes, it was 7-11:30….and still did not cause any major traffic problems (or even minor ones that I could see).

  • Coffeedude April 8, 2018 (8:16 pm)

    What is the difference if there was a bike ride or a run.  We have plenty of runs in this city that shuts down roads and I don’t hear people complaining. And it’s not like there are other routes and I’m sure traffic wasn’t that bad.

  • Rick April 9, 2018 (3:24 am)


  • West Seattle Hipster April 9, 2018 (7:14 am)

    I drove from WS to downtown and did not feel inconvenienced at all.

    I would like to see something like this again before the viaduct is history, but an event open to pedestrians and bikes.

  • Fiona April 9, 2018 (8:55 am)

    Thank you to the Cascade Bicycle Club for a wonderful and unique community event that our family was able to participate in.  We were able to do the out and back 3 miles and take an opportunity that will be gone soon.  My children were some of the first attendees at kick off events around the Viaduct replacement project years ago and now we were able to close out those memories with a very special moment.  This event was well planned for attendees and well publicized for the road closure, and even though it impacted my commute to an event right after, I will be forever grateful and happy to detour. 

  • dsa April 9, 2018 (11:37 am)

    The viaduct is too dangerous for traffic due to the “eminent” earthquake, but perfectly safe for the city to sanction for public events.

    • Maria April 9, 2018 (9:05 pm)

      If it is too dangerous for traffic and other uses, the city/state would have to close it. You’re implying that DOT should have closed it to motorized traffic already as well. I believe what DOT said is that the viaduct needs to be replaced because a future earthquake would compromise it and it could fail.   

  • dsa April 9, 2018 (10:57 pm)

    Yes, the city and state have determined they do have to close it because it is too dangerous for even cars in which there is some minor level of protection.   But yet the city sanctions it for public events.  BTW, do not consider earthquakes as future events.  It has been a good while since we have had a good shake.

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