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Published: Sunday, July 31, 2011, 12:01 a.m.

Ride the trails to Seattle

Biking from north Everett to Seattle via four different trails

  • A look at the route the author took from Everett to Seattle recently.

    A look at the route the author took from Everett to Seattle recently.

Bicyclists have been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. Last week a cyclist was killed in Seattle and a day earlier a cyclist was clocked going 42 mph in West Seattle, earning him a warning for speeding by a police officer.
Both events have created a stir on message boards, with many people commenting that cyclists are rude road hogs that have no care for poor drivers. Cyclists shoot back that they're often run off the road by drivers who have no respect for those on two wheels. The old battle between drivers and riders is reignited.
So if you don't want to mix it up with drivers head to the trail. I checked up on four trail systems in the Puget Sound region by biking from my home in north Everett to Gas Works Park. I started on the Interurban Trail, caught the North Creek Trail at McCollum Park, which took me to the Sammamish River Trail near Cascadia College in Bothell. After the Sammamish River morphs into the Burke Gilman near Kenmore I took that into Seattle with a small detour near Lake Forest Park. Overall I spent more than 85 percent of my ride on trails and if it hadn't of been for the detour it would have been closer to 97 percent. It was a good ride and I didn't tangle with a single driver.

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