Cycle History: Neighborhood Grocery Stores

Join us on a digital version of a favorite event – Cycle History! Cycle around West Seattle following Ride by GPS instructions allowing you to pick your difficulty while you learn about historic neighborhood grocery stores. All routes are family and all-ages friendly.

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society is delighted to announce the return of Cycle History in partnership with West Seattle Bike Connections for the fourth year in a row. This year we will explore historic grocery stores of West Seattle, reflecting on their community value through the last century. 

All routes include locations where neighborhood grocery stores used to stand. You’ll reflect on grocery stores as the backbones of communities as a local historian narrates your journey.

Before you go: 

  • Check your bike.  Do an “ABC Quick Check
  • Plan your outing.  Download our route map to phone or navigation device for audio cues, or print out a cue sheet. Look at the route on a map in advance. Dress in layers for the weather. 

While riding: 

If you are new to bike riding, or haven’t done it for some time, here are more tips to help you get going: https://www.cascade.org/explore/covid-19-resources/new-riders

Route Options:

Below find a slideshow with historic and contemporary photos of featured locations, as well as our audio guide narrating the journey!

Cycle History Audio Guide narrated by Maggie Kase

West Seattle Bike Connections is a volunteer community organization working to make it safe and comfortable to bike, walk and roll in West Seattle.  We are building community, not just bike lanes and crosswalks.  We are working to create equitable, connected, sustainable, healthy, efficient transportation options for everyone in West Seattle. We invite you to join us! More at https://westseattlebikeconnections.org/. Thank you to our sponsors 4Culture and Luna Park Café. This program would not be possible without you.


We are open again. Friday - Sunday, Noon to 4pm. Face coverings are still required regardless of vaccination status.