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Cycling on the Eastside: Two wheels, endless possibilities

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Ah, the joys of cycling, where the road ahead presents a new adventure at every turn. And May is Bike Month, so what better time to try it out? 

Just imagine yourself happily pedaling away while you take in the scenic routes and diverse landscapes, not to mention a thriving biking culture.

Whether you're an urban explorer, a nature enthusiast, or an adrenaline seeker, biking on the Eastside of Seattle caters to a wide range of preferences and skill levels. 

There are so many ways to connect your bike and transit trips - from the bus to the new 2 Line, which just started serving Bellevue and Redmond last month.

Check out one trip from downtown Seattle to Issaquah via the ST Express 544 bus route:

And here are a few more suggestions for you and your bike buddies to find cycling bliss:

The Eastrail

Built on the historic railroad line, the Eastrail runs 42 miles along the east side of Lake Washington, and it's accessible from a few of the new 2 Line stations. 

Whether you're a biker, a runner, walk, or just looking for new places to explore, the Eastrail will get you on the right track. 

A group of cyclists pass a blue sign that reads 'Eastrail'

Mercer Island loop: A ride with a view

The Mercer Island Loop is a 17-mile loop with great views of Lake Washington and the Seattle skyline. It is easily accessible from the South Bellevue station. The route will take you around Mercer Island, offering stunning vistas of the water, lush parks, and charming neighborhoods. 

The relatively flat route makes it accessible for riders of all skill levels. Stop by Luther Burbank Park for a break and enjoy the tranquility of Mercer Island's natural beauty.

South End of Lake Washington loop

Are you looking for something a little more challenging and, well, longer? Look no further than this sweet ride, also accessible from the South Bellevue station. 

A 24-ish mile ride loops south along Lake Washington Blvd to Renton, then back north along Lake Washington and back over the I-90 bridge and Mercer Island and back to South Bellevue.  

Loop around Lake Sammamish

Grab your bike and a few cycling buddies and hop on the 2 Line to the Redmond Technology station. This 24-mile route takes you along the lake with wide shoulders along most of the route. You'll have some great views of the lake with some quaint coffee stops along the way. 

This route is meant to ride counterclockwise but can be done in the other direction with some modifications around West Lake Sammamish.

So pump up those tires, grab your helmet, and head out for a cycling adventure that you and your legs will soon not forget.

Did we miss any awesome trails? Tag us on social media @SoundTransit and let us know!