Five Things You Didn’t Know About Bicycling in SeattleAs Seattle becomes a more popular tourist destination for many people, its bicycling scene has exploded. Data gathered by the Seattle Department of Transportation reveals that bicycling has reached an all-time high for popularity in the city.
Here are five fun facts from Seattle DOT’s 2013 study of bicycling in Seattle:
- Over 158,000 Seattle residents ride bikes regularly About two-thirds say they ride “just for fun,” while one-third use their bicycles to get to work, school, or other events.
- Bicycle ownership keeps increasing The number of Seattle residents who own bicycles jumped up to 50 percent in the 2013, compared to 40 percent in 2012.
- Most bicycle trips cover fewer than five miles People who ride to work or school are more likely to take shorter trips than anyone who rides just for fun.
- 35 percent of bicyclists say they don’t ride more often because they don’t feel safe on Seattle roads Bicycles have the same legal right to use the road as vehicles, but many Seattle drivers don’t safely share the road with bicyclists.
- 37 percent of bicyclists say they prefer roads with bicycle lanes Attempts to increase Seattle’s miles of bike lanes have helped many riders get around. Some studies indicate that it has also reduced the number of deadly accidents.
Riding a bicycle is a great way to exercise, take in the sights, and reduce your impact on the environment. Unfortunately, it also comes with a risk of a collision caused by a distracted or negligent driver. The experienced Seattle bicycle accident attorneys at Hardwick and Pendergast, P.S. encourage injured bicyclists to seek legal advice on how best to protect their rights. Contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation. We can be reached at (888) 228-3860.