The Roosevelt Neighborhood: Live Work and Bike
There have been some live/work projects built in the Roosevelt neighborhood and there are more on the drawing board for this Seattle neighborhood. In 2010 Roosevelt will have a light rail station that will eventually connect the Northgate urban center with the University of Washington, Capitol Hill, Downtown Seattle, the Rainier Valley and SeaTac Airport. The line is complete and operational at this time from the airport to the downtown area. The expansion north will be welcomed by the residents. At present, cab-fare from downtown to the airport is $30-40 and a ride on the light-rail is $2.50.
That's all pretty much an aside to this article. The Roosevelt neighborhood is adjacent to the University of Washington and on an easy commute route to downtown Seattle. Under the direction of Mayor Mike McGinn, many streets in Seattle have been re-striped and bike lanes added. Roosevelt Way NE is no exception. I took a look at a Google map and see that there are 9 bike shops located within "walking with a flat tire" distance of the Roosevelt commute route.
The newest and handiest (to me) of these is Ride Bicycles located at 6029 Roosevelt Way NE in the new Knoll project: Roosevelt Live/Work Lofts in the 6000 block of Roosevelt Way NE. I stopped in to chat with Christiaan Bourdrez, the owner of ride bicycles. For a small shop Christiaan has an amazing amount of inventory from bikes, of course, to clothing, accessories and parts. Ride Bicycles also does expert repairs. They are currently offering an end of the year special on tune ups. Christiaan has been in the bike business off and on since 1991. He was a mechanic for a few years with the National Mountain Bike Race Circuit and did some Downhill Cat One racing. As a long time bike commuter himself, he has the knowledge, experience and skills to help you whether you are a new or seasoned rider. Stop in someday and say hi. There is a bike lane right in front of the store.