Ebikes, also known as electric bikes, are bicycles with a motor that help assist the rider upon pedaling. This makes for a smooth and easy ride over hills or rough terrain and makes your ride more enjoyable overall. The state of Washington classifies ebikes as regular bicycles, which means they are allowed on the streets and bike paths, but not on the sidewalk. There is no bike helmet law in Washington for adults or children.
If you’d like to rent an ebike during your stay in Seattle, we have a couple of suggestions for you. First up is Pedego Seattle. This shop has three different types of ebikes to choose from, the Standard (Throttle only), the Premium (Throttle & Pedal Assist), and a Specialty. Their rental rates are as follows:
$20 per hour
$100 per day
$25 per hour
$125 per day
$30 per hour
$150 per day
This shop not only rents ebikes, they sell them as well. If you’d like to buy one, they’d love to help you out!
Another great choice for ebike rentals would be G & O Family Cyclery. This shop requires a 24-hour reservation for rentals to ensure your ebike is in tune and the batteries are charged and ready to go. This shop also sells ebikes if you’re in the market to buy one.
Some great bike trails wind around the Seattle area, including Burke Gilman Trail at 20 miles long. This trail follows the western side of Lake Washington and also joins another trail, the Sammamish River Trail. Some sections of this path travels through urban areas as well as less populated areas. This is a great trail to ride to see the streets of Seattle, as well as the surrounding countryside.
Another beautiful bike path is the Seattle Waterfront Trails. This trail follows the waterfront of Elliot Bay and is 7.5 miles long. Take the time to watch the boats along the water and take in the varied Seattle wildlife that calls the bay their home. This trail also winds through the Seattle surface streets, which allows you to visit a few shops or restaurants along the way.
The Snoqualmie Valley Trail is a 31-mile packed gravel trail, but is largely flat, making it a perfect route for a novice or someone looking for a nice, easy ride. This trail is on a few surface streets, but mostly within the woods and a few grassy fields. For a quiet, peaceful ride, this is the trail for you.
If you’ve been looking for something new and exciting to do during your stay in Seattle, look no further than renting an ebike. Get out into the fresh air, explore the streets of Seattle, and have an adventure along the way!
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