Pedestrians are by far the most vulnerable things on the road. And while they are often cautious about speeding cars, they tend to neglect a less-known danger that comes on two wheels: bicycles. Read the rest »
Cycling has been a growing transportation trend for quite a while now, and it doesn’t seem like it will be departing anytime soon—especially in Seattle! Read the rest »
With beautiful weather most of the year and a population focused on health and fitness, Seattle has become one of the best cities to walk or bike around in. But while the city has taken major strides to ensure that walkers and bikers are kept safe, it’s clear there’s still some work to do. We in Seattle are a long way from the zero pedestrian deaths or injuries the city announced it was striving for in 2015. Read the rest »
Recently, Traffic Lab
asked cyclists around Seattle how they felt about the city’s infrastructure for bicyclists, and how safe overall they felt riding around the city. They received mixed reviews, so in the end, Seattle falls somewhere in the middle; especially when compared to other cities around the country and in other parts of the world. Read the rest »
The Seattle bike-sharing program known as Pronto didn’t have a very long life. It began in October 2014 and the last ride was taken in March 2017. But while many predicted that this bike-sharing program would see lots of injuries, that wasn’t the case—as it turns out, there were few riders involved in accidents. Instead, Pronto may have ended, in part, because of Seattle’s own helmet laws. Read the rest »
All-terrain vehicles, commonly referred to as ATVs, are popular throughout the State of Washington. They are used for recreational purposes like hunting and off-roading, and also for work-related tasks in farming and construction. While these machines are fun and very useful, they can also be dangerous, causing serious injury and death.
Recently, an 11-year-old girl from Graham, Washington, was killed while riding on an ATV at Cowlitz Timber Trails campground in Salkum. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 130,000 injuries were caused by ATV accidents in the year 2012, resulting in the death of more than 140 children and 550 adults. In Washington State alone, there were 27 ATV-related fatalities between 2013 and 2015. Read the rest »
Bicycling as a means of transportation in Washington continues to be promoted at both the state and local levels of government. The League of American Bicyclists has consistently named WA the most “bicycle friendly” state in the US. The Washington State Bicycle Facility and Pedestrian Walkway Plans were designed to improve connections, increase coordination, and lessen traffic congestion. The quantifiable results that they seek include an annual 5% reduction in collisions and to double the amount of people participating in biking and walking within 20 years. In Seattle, there are an estimated 158,000 bicyclists. The city believes this improves health through exercise, reduces traffic, pollution and fuel consumption, all while helping the local economy, particularly in the retail sector.
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Seattle is known for being a fairly progressive city when it comes to accommodating cyclists on the road. Each day, thousands of Seattle residents hit the streets to commute to work and school. This number exponentially increases in the summer when the temperatures are warm and the weather is mild. As the number of cyclists rises in the summer, so does the number of bike-related accidents. Read the rest »
Seattle, one of the most bike-friendly cities in the United States, sees its fair share of bicyclists who are injured by careless drivers, potholes, and other street hazards. But what happens if the bicycle accident involves a bicycle colliding with a pedestrian in a crosswalk? Who is responsible for the injuries sustained? Read the rest »
According to a study conducted by the Transportation Data Office, the majority of bicycle accidents occur in the evening between the hours of 6pm and 9pm. Many of these accidents occur in winter months, where daylight savings time and an earlier-setting sun bring darkness earlier in the day. Due to visibility issues that arise at dusk and continue through the dark evening hours and with the increasing number of bicycle accidents occurring due to negligent drivers, many have begun to wonder whether it is safe to ride your bike in the evening. Read the rest »