Commuting To Magic SeasonPosted on November 27, 2019
The holiday season is here, and with it, the start of Magic Season in Bellevue! There are a multitude of activities to experience over the coming weeks -- skating at the Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink, witnessing the incredible Snowflake Lane parade, watching enchanting performances at the Meydenbauer Center Theatre and taking in the illuminated Garden d'Lights at Bellevue Botanical Garden. If you decide to experience one or experience them all, skip the parking and traffic this year: Choose Your Way Bellevue encourages you to save time and money by taking alternative modes of transportation to Bellevue's festivities. We've rounded up the easiest ways to do just that for each event:
Cycling - Utilize the high-comfort bike lanes southbound on 108th Avenue and westbound on Main Street to get to Bellevue Downtown Park. Use the Bellevue Bike map or the bike icon on Google Maps to help plan your bike route.
Carpool - Make the most out of the car space, grab some friends and head to Bellevue Downtown Park where free parking is provided. If the lot is full, you can park in Bellevue Square mall parking and take a short walk down 100th Avenue or Bellevue Way Northeast to get to the rink.
Bus - Take the bus to the Bellevue Transit Center, walk south and then three block west on Northeast Fourth Street to get to the rink.
Cycling - The new bike lane on 112th Avenue Northeast from Northeast Eighth Street to SR 520 provides access to Meydenbauer Center Theatre. Use the Bellevue Bike Map or use the bike icon on Google Maps to help plan your route accordingly.
Carpool - Vehicle parking is provided at the Meydenbauer Center. The first 30 minutes is free, while the first hour costs $5 and increases from there. Carpooling allows you to share the cost!
Bus - We recommend taking the bus to the Bellevue Transit Center and making a short walk eastbound on Northeast Sixth Street to get to the Meydenbauer Center.
Cycling - Utilize the high-comfort bike lanes on 108th Avenue (Main to Northeast Twelfth Streets) and Main Street (Bellevue Way to 108th Avenue Northeast) to get to Bellevue Way Northeast to enjoy the experience. Check out the Bellevue Bike Map or use the bike icon on Google Maps to help plan your bike route.
Carpool - Free vehicle parking is provided at Bellevue Square mall and getting to Snowflake Lane is a short walk away from Bellevue Square parking.
Bus - Take the bus to the Bellevue Transit Center and walk westbound on the Grand Connection (Northeast Sixth Street) to make your way to Snowflake Lane.
Cycling - Utilize bike lanes on Northeast Fourth Street, 120th Avenue Northeast and 118th Avenue Northeast. Use the Bellevue Bike Map or use the bike icon on Google Maps to plan your route accordingly.
Carpool - Parking is provided at Bellevue Botanical Garden.
Bus - We recommend taking the 271 bus route that will drop you off right by Bellevue Botanical Garden. From there, walk down Southeast First Street, then Main Street until you get to Garden d'Lights.
General tips on some options
There are bike stations located at Bellevue Downtown Park where you can lock your personal bike. Take a gander at the Bellevue Bike Map to help you plan your route.
Bellevue Way will be closed from Northeast Fourth Street to Northeast Eighth Street, 6:30 to 7:45 pm nightly, from Nov. 29 through Dec. 24.
Free parking is available at:
- Bellevue Downtown Park
- Bellevue Square Mall
Keep in mind that this is an extremely traffic heavy time of year and finding parking can often be a challenge. Try using other methods of transportation like biking or busing!
We recommend taking the bus to the Bellevue Transit Center. It is a transportation hub and requires just a short walk to the Meydenbauer Center Theatre, Snowflake Lane and the Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink.
- Carry your exact bus fare in cash or have your ORCA card ready to go. Use the transit icon on Google Maps to plan your route accordingly or ask us for help.
- Free fares for children: Up to four children ages five and under always ride free with a paying adult on Sound Transit and King County Metro buses.
Safe commuting and Happy Holidays!
-Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Alex