Special to The SunBreak by Jonathan Dean
Serendipity happens. I spent last Saturday morning loading up my panniers at the Friends of the Seattle Public Library Book Sale at Magnuson Park, but picked up a flat riding back down the Burke-Gilman.
I ended up getting back to South Lake Union by boat—via the brilliant, audacious new Seattle Mini-Ferry, which started linking SLU with the University District three weeks ago.
Currently they run passengers back and forth from their UW dock at the foot of Brooklyn St. (near the Agua Verde kayak launch), on the hour, and the pier at South Lake Union Park, on the half hour.
UW departures on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday on the hour from the UW. 8am through 6pm. Friday & Saturday 8am through 9pm.
S. Lake Union Park departures (foot of Terry Avenue N.) on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday on the half hour from the UW. 8:30am through 6:30pm. Friday & Saturday 8:30am through 9:30pm.
Cost is $5; assuming it isn’t raining, it’s a delightful boat ride, and faster than biking, walking, taking the #30, or taking a car through bad traffic. They can take up to 14 passengers (and two bikes). Plans are underway to open another route linking South Lake Union with the landing just west and north of the Fremont bridge.