We’re helping provide free accessible cycling rentals for people with disabilities to experience the joy of riding, in partnership with the Outdoors for All Foundation – find out how to participate this month

Amy gets rolling on an adaptive cycle at Magnuson Park in Seattle, one of a fleet of over 200 accessible cycles available for free daily rental with the Outdoors for All Foundation.

Summary:

  • This summer, we’ve continued our partnership with the Outdoors for All Foundation to bring free adaptive cycling rentals for people of all ages and abilities at Magnuson Park and at various parks in the city, through the end of September.
  • There’s still time to participate this month! Join us at free community events at Seward Park on Sunday, September 19, or at the White Center Bicycle Playground on Saturday, September 25. Free daily rentals also continue through September 30 (Wednesdays – Sundays only) at Seattle’s Magnuson Park.
  • This is the largest program of its kind in North America, allowing more people to experience the joy of a bike ride, using a fleet of more than 200 adaptive cycles built to meet a wide range of access needs.
  • To learn more, visit the Outdoors for All website (click on “Cycling/Biking” for helpful information on what to know before arriving). If you have any questions, please contact Outdoors for All at 206-838-6030 or rentals@outdoorsforall.org.
  • The bike rental program receives funding from the fees that bike and scooter share companies pay us for permits to operate in Seattle. We’re happy to see so many community members participating this summer. We hope you can participate too!

We are honored to continue our partnership with the Outdoors for All Foundation to provide free, accessible cycling and outdoor recreation opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.

We began funding Outdoors for All to create a free adaptive cycle rental program in 2019. These adaptive bikes and tricycles help people of all ages with disabilities experience biking, often for the first time, while helping meet their safety, comfort, and access needs.

“It’s as close to Harry Potter Magic as it gets. We help everybody — people with and without disabilities — get out and go cycling, and skiing, and kayaking, and rock climbing. But with our cycling program in particular, it doesn’t matter whether it’s raining or sunny, we can get everybody out on a bike. This way everybody’s included, and everybody gets to have some fun outside.”

– Ed Bronsdon, Executive Director, Outdoors for All Foundation

The rental program is in Magnuson Park, located in northeast Seattle, where Outdoors for All has a fleet of more than 200 adaptive cycles of all shapes and sizes – one of the largest collections of accessible bikes and trikes in the world. The program has hosted mobile cycling rental events at parks across the city over the summer.

Here are two upcoming free cycle rental events in September:

  • Seward Park:
    • Date/time: Sunday, September 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • Location: The cycle rental tent will be set up on Lake Washington Blvd S, near the entrance to Seward Park, which is located at 5900 Lake Washington Blvd S, Seattle, WA 98118.
    • Please note: this event takes place during our Keep Moving Streets program when 3 miles of Lake Washington Boulevard will be closed to most cars and open to people walking, rolling and biking. The Seward Park parking lot remains open and is accessible from S Juneau St.
  • White Center Bicycle Playground:
    • Date/time: Saturday, September 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • Location: The cycle rental tent will be set up near the main parking lot, located at 11050 10th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98146.

The free daily rental program also continues through September 30 at Magnuson Park:

  • Free adaptive cycle rentals are available daily Wednesdays through Sundays (closed on Monday and Tuesday) from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., through the end of the month.
  • Outdoors for All requests 24-hour advanced notice prior to your arrival. Please visit their website (click on “Cycling/Biking”) for additional details and helpful instructions.

For additional details or to ask any questions, please contact Outdoors for All at 206-838-6030 or rentals@outdoorsforall.org.

Our funding support of the Outdoor for All adaptive cycle rental program has helped provide more than 300 rides to the community this summer, totaling approximately 475 hours of riding. Since 2019, the program has reached more than 400 people who have collectively taken more than 1,000 rides.

Check out this recent Seattle Channel video on YouTube to learn more about the program and how it supports people to enjoy the experience of cycling.

“It’s front and foremost for us. Promoting access for people of all ages and abilities for active transportation is very important to us. Making our community a place you can get around by biking and walking makes for a healthier community. Outdoors for All, and their adaptive cycle program, is such a treasure in our city. And the fact that we can amplify that is wonderful.”

– Ann Sutphin, Mobility Solutions Manager, Seattle Department of Transportation

Austin smiles and gives a hang loose sign while enjoying an adaptive cycle at Magnuson Park.
Thyce and Amy smile and head out on their tandem recumbent tricycle ride at Magnuson Park.

Thank you to our community members of all ages and abilities for your interest and enthusiasm, and again to Outdoors for All for your incredible dedication to provide this unique resource to the public!