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Old 03-29-2014, 12:15 PM   #1
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Tell me about Bainbridge Island

Is there offroad riding starting form bainbridge Island without having to take the ferry?

I'm in th eprocess of moving to Seattle. I am leaning to living in the eastside, but I have only 3 days to house hunt and find a place (I am moving from luxembourg).

If I end up on Bainbridge, is there offorad riding available in that area (I want to teach my 10 year old boy and 14 year daughter to ride).

Thanks - the housing market in Seattle seems incredibly tight...

Will do a better intro once I find a place to stay and am closer to moving (July).
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Old 03-29-2014, 01:11 PM   #2
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Bainbridge would be a beautiful albeit quiet place to live. For a beginner rider Tahuya state park offers a full day of fun trails with mixed riding surfaces. I don't recall how close of a drive to you that would be. My guess is 30min
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Old 03-29-2014, 01:54 PM   #3
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Here's a fun little map, don't know if it has everything, but it'll give you a general idea of what's around.
http://www.where-to-ride.info/

Green Mountain:
http://www.riderplanet-usa.com/atv/t.../ride_38d2.htm

Tahuya:
http://www.riderplanet-usa.com/atv/t.../ride_e8b4.htm

Think Green Mountain is under an hour for the island, Tahuya a little over. I haven't lived on that side of the state in a few years, but I remember Tahuya having a lot of varied terrain, and being a good time.
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Old 03-29-2014, 10:10 PM   #4
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I'd avoid Bainbridge like the plague. Internal politics on that ritzy island is inbred and corrupt beyond repair, the water supply from the sole-source aquifer is threatened, and there are a host of other issues. I've spent a fair amount of time doing environmental cleanup on the island - they build parks on top of contaminated sites, thanks to the influence of local realtors on the city government. An EPA Superfund site there has continuing issues with contaminated groundwater, with no easy solution to the obsolete remediation system in use.

They do have a top-notch school system there, due to the fairly wealthy tax base. The standard joke about Bainbridge is that all the residents wear Birkensyocks and drive Volvos - and it's not far off the mark.


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Old 03-29-2014, 10:38 PM   #5
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Thank you for the responses - very helpful.
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Old 03-30-2014, 07:26 PM   #6
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I'd avoid Bainbridge...

They do have a top-notch school system there, due to the fairly wealthy tax base. The standard joke about Bainbridge is that all the residents wear Birkensyocks and drive Volvos - and it's not far off the mark.
Sounds about right. Seattle and the subarus, the Eastside and the soccer mom SUVs. Hehe... Where's a man to live?
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Old 04-01-2014, 10:36 AM   #7
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If you move to Bainbridge, aka The Rock, check out PNWRiders and join us in Phototag!

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Was a partner in a small business there for 2 years. Least interesting place on earth and there's only two ways off the island, including the ferry.
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Old 04-02-2014, 05:15 AM   #9
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I have family on Bainbridge. There is also a considerable drug and alcohol presence amongst the island youth. A combination of disposable income, since many families who live there are well-off, and that there is little to do there after about 6 pm.
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Old 04-03-2014, 01:53 PM   #10
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Is there offroad riding starting form bainbridge Island without having to take the ferry?
There is a bridge on the North end of the island. Don't think it's tolled, never actually been across it.
The ferry goes directly downtown, I used to work with a guy who "walked to work" from the island. Walk on ferry (low rates), then free city bus up to our facility. I think they did away with the free inner city bus routes, but if you work downtown, that may be something to consider.

As far as riding, probably nothing ON the island, but head west and you can find some decent stuff pretty quick. as previously mentioned, Tahuya, is a great place.
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:21 PM   #11
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There is more riding over on the east side, I think- Bainbridge Is as far as I know has no place to ride off road. Tahuya is a public off road park, but it is a haul to get there over the Agate Pass bridge on a busy two lane and then a good ways south- at least an hours drive. It is not that great a place for kids, either, from what I hear- a lot of older, childless wealthy people who work in Seattle or are retired.
Also, the eastside gives you the opportunity to get over the Cascade range a bit into a high desert country where you are not riding through a tunnel of trees. If you like to ski, it puts you closer to the Cascade ski areas also.

Do you need to buy a house, or rent? Are you going to have to go to Seattle to work?
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