2014 Bike the Bloom
Bike the Bloom and Experience the Premier Garden Tour of the NW!
Five fabulous gardens in a bike-friendly community
Tickets are $25 each.
Bike the Bloom info
Tickets good for both days. Tour maps with cycling directions. Bicycle parking throughout the tour. The 2014 Bloom tour is approximately 18 miles by bike.
Tour maps with suggested routes and garden information will be available when you check in at the Bloom Hub, Filipino-American Hall, 7566 NE High School Road, Bainbridge Island.
Consider staying the night on Bainbridge Island and split up the route over two days for a more leisurely experience. Bicycles are available for rent through Classic Cycle, Bainbridge Island.
Biking on to the ferry at the Coleman Dock, Seattle
Cyclists pay their fares at the car tollbooths. After paying at the tollbooth, cyclists cross the parking lot and stop in front of the cars. Ferry personnel will direct cyclists onto the ferry. For up-to-date ferry ticket prices and schedules, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries.
Arriving at Bainbridge, cyclists ride off before cars, as directed by the ferry personnel. If you are on a ferry at low tide, the exit ramp will be steep, so be sure to gear down. Ride up the ramp and follow the road as it goes gently uphill. Also note that once the motorcycles and cars start exiting, the traffic can be quite busy.
If you are not used to traffic riding, wheel your bike on the sidewalk.
Returning to Seattle
When you return to Seattle, you do not have to pay again.
Cycle through the car tollbooths without stopping, staying to the right of the vehicles waiting to board, and head down to the covered parking area next to the on-load ramp. Wait there to board the ferry.
Biking from Kingston
You may also bike to Bainbridge from the Edmonds-Kingston ferry. The bike ride is about 20 miles of busy roadway, with a variety of shoulders. Mileage and elevation gain/loss will vary depending on your route to the gardens.
Cycling Resources on Bainbridge Island
The Island has two full service bike shops:
B.I. Cycle, 124 Bjune Drive SE, 206.842.6413.
Classic Cycle, 740 Winslow Way E., 206. 842.9191.
Classic Cycle offers bike rentals; reservations required.
It is always recommended that you lock your bike. A bicycle rack will be available at each garden. When stopping in the downtown area, there are bike racks by the front door and on the east side of Town & Country Market on Winslow Way, at Winslow Green at the corner of Madison Avenue and Winslow Way and at the Winslow Mall on Winslow Way.
Safe Riding and Island Bike Laws
- Helmets are required.
- Cycling on sidewalks is legal, but pedestrians have the right of way.
- Be visible and predictable.
- Stop at all stop signs and stop lights.
- Take the lane if a road is too narrow to ride safely next to a car.
Other transportation resources
Bainbridge Island Taxi: 206.842.1021
Taxis & Tours: 206.842.7660
Washington State Ferries: www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries
The Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce sells detailed maps of the Island. Their office is located at 395 Winslow Way East. Contact them at 206.842.3700, or visit their website, www.bainbridgechamber.com.