In Efforts to Promote Cycling, "Seattle Is Slipping Behind"
- Cascade Bicycle Club
- According to the Cascade Bicycle Club, the amount Seattle allocates for bicycle-related improvements has fallen every year since 2007.
The Cascade Bicycle Club is out with an interesting report
that looks at how Seattle's doing compared to other bike-friendly cities in this country.
Answer: Not so well.
It’s clear that Seattle has made progress—more people are biking every year and the City continues to add new miles of bicycle infrastructure. However, for this report we sought to learn from other cities around the country about their efforts to promote bicycling, and in doing so, it became apparent that Seattle is slipping behind. From bicycle policy to planning to infrastructure design—innovation, vision and leadership is sweeping the country from Los Angeles to New York City.
The wording in that last sentence is a little weird, but the accompanying map—see page 8
of the report—makes clear what they're talking about. Portland has a better bicycle commuting rate than Seattle
, and Minneapolis and San Francisco are nipping at our heels.
One of the major ideas for fixing this embarrassing situation: more cycle tracks, like the ones they've been building like crazy in New York
To help inspire this city to action, the report shows three Seattle thoroughfares—Westlake Avenue, 2nd Avenue, and NE 65th Steet—as they exist now, and as they'd look with nice new cycle tracks. Imagine: