Route 14: Fort Wright > East Trent

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As predicted, Route 14 was flat and fast. While some of the enjoyment that comes with those characteristics is simply aesthetic or emotional, their presence makes the process of moving completely across town simple, navigable, and repeatable, all of which are important when discussing mass transit.

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Best non-downtown spot for a drink along the way: It's hard to beat pizza and a beer at Pacific Ave Pizza. Unless you're downing margaritas on El Que's patio.

Next Monday

: Route 10: North Madison > South Maple.

Route 12: East Sprague Loop

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The East Sprague Loop is the kind of route that fascinates me. Tiny, short stretches of condensed, multi-use, inner- to mid-city roads are the perfect areas to throw transit infrastructure. It empties the users from the longer routes that travel to the suburbs and surrounding areas, allowing those vehicles to stop less often closer to their origin, fewer buses/streetcars are needed to fulfill the demand, and (most importantly) the streetcars appear more frequently and predictably, meaning that memorizing a schedule (ideally) isn't necessary.

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Best non-downtown spot for a drink along the way

: Sprague has a number of hidden treasures, even with Budge Bros. and Jones' Radiator closing and The Iron Goat moving. Can't recommend The Checkerboard and Bennidito's enough, even if Sonnenberg's is on the top of my list.

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Monday

: Trying to cram another thing into the weekend has been a little tough the last couple weeks. From now on, you can find new #1923streetcar posts every Monday! We checked out Route 14: Fort Wright > East Trent this weekend after riding Route 14. My description last week was spot on: "It’s a flat, straight shot on some of Spokane’s fastest roads." Fun, too!

Route 1: Hillyard > Manito

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Route 1 should be advertised as the City Drive Lite. Glimpses of Beacon Hill through Hillyard's old buildings make way for river views over Upriver Drive, dumping you onto post-warehouse Division, through Downtown and up the aptly named Grand Blvd to upper Manito. Spokane in a nutshell, no doubt.

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Best non-downtown spot for a drink along the way

: When in doubt, pick the Park Inn.

Next Sunday

: I'm excited to ride Route 14: Fort Wright > East Trent. It's a flat, straight shot on some of Spokane's fastest roads.

Route 13: East Nora > Garden Springs

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Many of these routes follow Spokane's best rides, which is not surprising. Generally, people in a city want to live in an enjoyably comfortable neighborhood with easy access to downtown, entertainment, and/or nightlife (the politics around who is capable of living in such an area is for another post (or book)).  Route 13, with only a couple of revisions, is a stretch of road I bicycled nearly every day last summer. Its edges are accessible from downtown, the areas at its fringes are picturesque and have smooth roads, and Route 13 actually passes meaningful, practical areas of Spokane. So much so that Spokane's proposed Central City Line follows many of the same roads. Beginning on the river at Spokane's eastern edge, Route 13 ducks through downtown, climbing up Sunset Blvd's first major ramp.

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My camera doesn't take blurry pictures, it's just giving a hyper-realistic visual of what it's like to ride up W Rosamond Ave. Do yourself a favor and have a blast crushing up and then bombing down West Drive instead (take a right at the Yield sign).
My camera doesn't take blurry pictures, it's just giving a hyper-realistic visual of what it's like to ride up W Rosamond Ave. Do yourself a favor and have a blast crushing up and then bombing down West Drive instead (take a right at the Yield sign).
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Best non-downtown spot for a drink along the way

: Stop by Rosauer's in Browne's Addition on the way down Rosamond for a sixer on the way down to the river under Sandifur Bridge. #simplepleasures

Next Sunday

: Route 1: Hillyard > Manito will definitely be a highlight of the #1923streetcar project. If you want to see what Spokane has to offer, you'll want to r(ead/ide) this installment.

Route 4: Northwest Blvd > Altamont

When thinking about The City as a concept, I generally picture a circle with a lightening gradient towards the edges, as a map of the daytime population density, dedicated parking spots, or lawyer's offices would likely show. So, to simplify, imagine a pizza. If you were to cut the pizza into sections to represent, say, ways to get from periphery to periphery, how would every person who has ever seen a round pizza cut it? Most likely, some variation of:

  1. North to south
  2. East to west
  3. Bisect those cuts with another (NW to SE, SW to NE)

Route 4: Northwest Blvd > Altamont is a cut from the lower northwest part of town to the upper southeast part of town.  This route is nearly directly east to west, only deviating to cross the river. A practical and necessary route that is totally unrepresented/unfulfilled in any functional way with our current public transportation options.

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Best non-Downtown spot for a drink along the way: The Flying Goat. A real place to lock your bike up! A chill patio! A safe way to turn left into the establishment!

Next Sunday: Read about Route 13: East Nora > Garden Springs.