Biking in Ballard
Ballard is one of the few Seattle neighborhoods not built on top of steep hill, and the sea-level flat roads mean it’s more bicycle-friendly than your average Seattle community. Bike routes lead through the main Ballard neighborhoods and then head into the Downtown Seattle core in one of two directions: heading over the Ballard bridge leads to the trail along the Myrtle Edwards Park to Downtown Seattle, or biking via the Fremont Bridge takes you around Lake Union to South Lake Union workplaces. The Fremont Bridge route, which saw over one million bicycles in 2014 , may be getting an upgrade soon with new dedicated bike lanes along Westlake Avenue.
Ballard is also home to the Ballard Greenway, a network of slow, low-traffic streets connecting parks, libraries, schools, and businesses for pedestrians and bicyclists who need safe and comfortable routes through the City. The Greenway runs East/West along NW 58th Street, only 2 blocks from Salt’s front door. You can learn more and view the routes by visiting www.ballardgreenways.org.
In addition, Ballard is the western terminus of the Burke Gilman Trail, a dedicated pedestrian and bicycle trail that heads east to the University of Washington, and then north around the top end of Lake Washington into Bothell, Woodinville and Redmond. The City of Seattle has dedicated bike racks installed in front of many local Ballard businesses including Maritime Pacific Brewing, Peddler Brewing, Zayda Buddy’s and Pono Ranch. (See the full list here)
Residents at Salt Ballard will have a handy main-level bicycle storage room right on the main lobby level. The room will allow homeowners to lock their bikes in a secured room, and also offers a workbench and tools for quick tire top-ups and minor bike repairs.