Our partnership with the Outdoors for All Foundation is expanding this year! With free accessible cycling rentals now available 7 days a week, we’re helping people of all abilities experience the joy of biking all summer long!

A young rider smiles while riding an adaptive cycle in Seattle. Photo credit: Outdoors for All

Summary:

  • Through our partnership with the Outdoors for All Foundation, we are again bringing free accessible cycling rentals for people with disabilities to Magnuson Park and other locations around Seattle from May through the end of September.
  • This is the largest program of its kind in North America, using a fleet of more than 200 adaptive cycles to meet a wide range of access needs.
  • Free daily rentals are now available 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Magnuson Park. This is an increase in service from last year, when rentals were available only Wednesdays through Sundays.
  • The majority of the funding which we provide to this program comes from the fees that bike and scooter share companies pay us for permits to operate in Seattle. We are happy to help community members of all abilities get outdoors and go cycling this summer!
  • We’ll also share more updates this summer when the program offers free adaptive bike and trike rentals at community events and city parks in Seattle on select dates.
  • To learn more, please visit the Outdoors for All website (click on “Cycling/Biking” for helpful information about the rental program). If you have any questions, please contact Outdoors for All at (206) 838-6030 or rentals@outdoorsforall.org.
  • You can also stay up to speed by following Outdoors for All on Twitter (@outdoorsforall) and following us (SDOT) on Twitter (@seattledot). Thanks!

Thyce and Amy head out on their tandem recumbent tricycle ride at Magnuson Park.
Thyce and Amy head out on their tandem recumbent tricycle ride at Magnuson Park. Photo: SDOT

Outdoors for All Foundation’s free adaptive cycle rental program is now open for the summer! Outdoors for All’s adaptive cycles allow people of all ages, incomes, and abilities experience biking, while helping to meet their safety, comfort, and access needs.

We first began funding Outdoors for All to create the free adaptive cycle rental program in 2019. This year, the program is expanding! Daily cycle rentals are now available 7 days a week, free of charge during the 2022 season.

Austin smiles and gives a hang loose sign while enjoying an adaptive cycle at Magnuson Park.
Austin smiles and gives a hang loose sign while enjoying an adaptive tricycle at Magnuson Park. Photo: SDOT

Outdoors for All’s fleet of adaptive cycles at-a-glance:

Outdoors for All has a fleet of 200+ adaptive cycles, one of the largest collections in North America. Their cycle options include:

  • Handcycles for those with limited or no leg movement
  • Recumbent and therapy trikes for those who need more stability
  • Hand and foot powered cycles for children
  • Tandem cycles for those who want a guide while riding
  • Standard 2-wheeled bikes and striders

Left: A cyclist enjoys a ride on one of Outdoors for All’s trikes. Right: A cyclist uses a handcycle from Outdoors for All.
Left: A cyclist enjoys a ride on one of Outdoors for All’s trikes. Right: A cyclist uses a handcycle from Outdoors for All. Photo credit: Outdoors for All

Come by the Adaptive Cycling Center in northeast Seattle’s Magnuson Park to rent an adaptive cycle anytime between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. (please note that no cycles will be rented after 5 p.m. to ensure return by closing time). No advance appointment needed! The Adaptive Cycling Center will be closed on Memorial Day (May 30), July 4th, and Labor Day (September 5).

In addition to daily rentals, the program will attend several in-person community events around the city this summer, including:

Please stay tuned to Outdoors for All’s Twitter account (@outdoorsforall) for the latest event details! You can also follow us on Twitter (@seattledot) for SDOT’s latest news and information.

Two cyclists enjoy a sunny day on their recumbent bike.
Two cyclists enjoy a sunny day on their recumbent bike. Photo: SDOT

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

Since 2019, our funding support of the Outdoor for All adaptive cycle rental program has helped provide more than 1,000 rides to more than 400 people! We look forward to tallying and sharing out how many rides we provide during the 2022 season at the end of the summer.

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.

Outdoors for All overview video, courtesy of The Seattle Channel.

Thank you to Outdoors for All for your ongoing work and dedication bringing this important resource to Seattle! We’re looking forward to seeing community members biking this summer! Thank you Seattle, for your interest in this program!