Mayor Announces Some Good News for Seattle Cyclists
Seattle cyclists have something to look forward to this month. We at SKW are thrilled to see anything that may reduce the number of injured bicyclists. Cyclists whom we’ve represented were all skilled on their bikes. However, they sustained serious injuries because of either flawed roads or negligent drivers.
But cyclists in our city are undaunted. Among all of the nation’s major cities, Seattle is ranked fifth for bike commuters and seventh for walking commuters. Projects like the Puget Sound Bikeshare are helping grow the number of cyclist commuters.
Celebrating Bike to Work Month, this past Tuesday Mayor Ed Murray announced that a pilot project for the 2nd Avenue Protected Bike Lane will be in place before the launch of bike share.
Second Avenue has been cited as an especially dangerous path for cyclists. As Rutgers professor and bike evangelist, John Pucher, pointed out last year to the Seattle Times reporter Lindblom, “I’d say [2nd Avenue is] as bad as a major avenue on Manhattan. I think it’s maybe even worse, because I think here, there’s more left and right turns, there’s more doors that are being opened, more cars that are trying to park.”
Seattle’s pilot bike lane project will hopefully provide for safer trips for those biking around downtown– whether they are on the new bike share bikes or on their own bicycles.
Part of the funding of the pilot project is from the Green Lane Project,which selected Seattle as one of six cities to receive financial, strategic and technical assistance to install protected bike lanes.
If you want to learn about the City’s effort to build protected bike lanes on 2nd and 4th Avenues and other bike-ped improvements around the City, join others at the Cascade Bicycle Club’s Downtown Policy Ride. The Policy Ride will end at a Bike Happy Hour at Von Trapp’s near Capitol Hill.
According to a recent King5,com article, Seattle area bike commuting has risen from 1.9 percent in 2000 to 3.4 percent. Biking to work has jumped by 60% in the U.S. over the last decade.
NOTE: This blog post is excerpted from SKWBikeLaw’s blog.