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SoloRider said:
I'm planning on riding my bike home from Monroe on Sunday and I'm looking for the best way to get to the Burke-Gilman while avoiding traffic, I can find my way home pretty well from there.
good luck with that. i don't think you can avoid traffic anywhere between b'ham & olympia.
where is "home"? if you're heading to seattle via the b-g trail, i'd say take 522 south from monroe. if i remember, it at least has a bit of a shoulder most of the way and takes you right into woodinville where you can pick up the trail. you'll probably have to detour once it turns into the 4-lane divided highway north of woodinville though. check mapquest, looks like you can find a pretty direct route
 

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I'm not really looking for full traffic avoidance, just a good non-522 route to the trail. Home is just north of Green Lake. I don't mind mixing it up with cars at 25-30 mph, it's when they're doing 70+ that I get a little skittish.
 

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You can avoid 522 no problem. Look at a map and find a route to downtown woodinville or even Bothell and you will hit the trail. Excellent road riding out that way, plenty safe.
 

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From the roundabout near downtown Monroe, you can take Tester road, which parallels 522 to the river. Your gonna have to cross the river on 522, no other choice on this route. Good luck with that, personally, I'm not sure I would ride a bike on that bridge. Once on the other side, there are a variety of side roads to ride that will take you into Woodinville where you can pick up the trail.

A better (but longer) option is to ride from Monroe to Duvall, and come up the Woodinville-Duvall road, drop into Woodinville and take the trail.
 

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I second Monroe to Duvall and then over the Woodinville-Duvall Road. Yes, there's traffic. I've used both directions for commuting from Duvall over the years. South from Monroe to the county line is pretty wide but after that It can get hairy. Another option is to take the Tualco road over to West Snoqualmie Valley Road to the Woo-Du. Lower speeds but a bunch more road with narrow shoulder. At least people are more used to seeing roadies over there.

Good luck!
 

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Borneo said:
I second Monroe to Duvall and then over the Woodinville-Duvall Road. Yes, there's traffic. I've used both directions for commuting from Duvall over the years. South from Monroe to the county line is pretty wide but after that It can get hairy. Another option is to take the Tualco road over to West Snoqualmie Valley Road to the Woo-Du. Lower speeds but a bunch more road with narrow shoulder. At least people are more used to seeing roadies over there.

Good luck!
I actually only ended up riding back from Woodinville but I did get a chance to scout that route and it seems pretty good. The whole purpose of the trip was to return a borrowed truck to a friend and we ended up going out for breakfast in Woodinville and it ended up shaving a good 13 miles off my ride, good thing too because I forgot to bring water.
 
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