Seattle Bike Swap, Feb. 3, Seattle; Northwest Flower and Garden Show, Feb. 7-11, Seattle

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Spring officially starts on March 20, but now that it’s February, it’s easy to think ahead to longer, milder days. If biking and/or gardening are among your favorite outdoor activities, jump in and get ready at the Cascade Bicycle Club Seattle Bike Swap on Saturday, Feb. 3, and the big Northwest Flower and Garden Show from Wednesday, Feb. 7, through Feb. 11 at the Washington State Convention Center.

The Seattle Bike Swap is a garage-sale-style event with great deals on new and used bikes and bike-related goods of all kinds from many vendors. Bring your helmet to take a test ride if you’re looking for a new bike; it’s best to bring cash, since not all sellers take credit/debit cards. The Swap is at Magnuson Park, with plenty of free parking for cars and bikes. For a first look and best selection, early-bird admission is available.

Cascade Bicycle Club hosts a variety of free rides year-around open to nonmembers and all levels of riders, including beginners. Serving bike riders throughout the Puget Sound region and across Washington state, Cascade also offers bike maintenance and skills classes, youth programs and major events, including Chilly Hilly, the 33-mile unofficial start to the biking season around scenic Bainbridge Island on Feb. 25.

Seattle Bike Swap

Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3

Cost: $7; $5/Cascade Bicycle Club members; ages 15 and younger free; early entry 8 a.m., $20-$25

Location: Hangar 30, Magnuson Park, 6310 N.E. 74th St., Seattle


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Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Time: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 7-10, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 11

Cost: $24/day on-site; $19/day, early bird through Feb. 6; $12/half day, after 3 p.m. Feb. 7-10, after 2 p.m. Feb. 11; $7/ages 13-17; ages 12 and younger free

Location: Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike St., Seattle

More info: 800-343-6973 or

Other local bicycle resources include the city of Seattle SDOT online Bike Web Map with locations of bike lanes, trails, neighborhood greenways and other bicycle amenities; and Washington Bikes bike trail maps and tools to plan bike rides and commutes, with information about local bicycle clubs and organizations.

Immerse yourself in spring at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, Wednesday, Feb. 7, through Feb. 11 at the Washington State Convention Center. Gardening is consistently cited as the most popular hobby in America, and, while gardeners of all levels will find loads of inspiration and information, a green thumb isn’t required to enjoy the event. Transport yourself to spring and summer with a walk through big, blooming display gardens and, if you don’t have a garden, there’s lots of nature-related art and home accessories among the 300 Marketplace vendors. If you are a gardener, beginning to experienced, with everything from a big yard to container gardens on your porch or deck, there’s a big selection of Marketplace plants, bulbs, seeds and gardening tools, and dozens of seminars covering an array of gardening-related topics.

Discounted early-bird tickets are available through Feb. 6. For a shorter visit, half-price tickets are available after 3 p.m. Feb. 7-10 and after 2 p.m. Feb. 11, at the door only.