July 23, 2008

Save your gas money: 5 easy ways to get to the Burke Museum without a car!

Posted by: Julia Swan

Everyone’s talking about gas prices these days! It seems to be taking the place of classic weather-related icebreakers—instead of “This rain just won’t let up!” you hear “Gas prices are so high!” when engaged in small talk with someone you don’t really know. And as prices soar at the pump, lots of people are leaving the car at home and looking for different ways to get around town.

Getting to the Burke Museum, and for that matter the whole University of Washington campus, by way of bus, bike, or foot is quite easy from most anywhere in Seattle. In fact, here are my top 5 methods of transportation to the Burke:

1. Take the bus: The transit system in Seattle is pretty good, and bus service to the UW is particularly excellent. Trip plan your way here and you’ll realize how easy it is to reach this part of the city by bus. Just off the top of my head, I know you can take the 25, 30, 43, 44, 45 48, 49, 66, 67, 70, 71, 72, 73, 272…and I there are more!

2. Ride your bike: Whether you ride in from the Burke-Gilman Trail or from one of the other bike routes in Seattle, it’s easy to get to the Burke Museum on two wheels. Keep your bike safe by locking it to our bike rack- located just behind the Burke Café patio.

3. Walk: Maybe you live in the neighborhood, or maybe you’re up for an urban hike, but walking is always a great way to get to the museum.

4. Carpool: If you must bring a car, please carpool! Come with your whole family, or bring a friend or two. If you happen to go to school at or work for the University of Washington, show your U-Pass and pay with your Husky Card Account to receive a huge discount on parking fees when you carpool!

5. Any of the following: motorcycle, Vespa, Segway, pogo stick, stilts, roller skates, unicycle, hang glider, or parachute (only for the most extreme). Be creative!

See you on the bus!

- Julia