While it may be a little difficult to locate your house is on this map, it should give you a rough idea of where people live in proximity to bike lanes and trails in Seattle (sharrows excluded). One of the goals of the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan is for 95% of the population to live within ¼ mile of a bicycle facility (which includes shared roadways, sharrows etc). So in other words, by 2017, this map should be completely blue!
Research, such as Jennifer Dill and Theresa Carr’s from PSU, has shown that higher levels of bicycle infrastructure are significantly correlated with higher levels of bicycle commuting. This research is beginning to ring true in Seattle as well, and we are beginning to see the positive effects of expanding the bicycle network. Since the Bicycle Master Plan was adopted in 2007, Seattle’s downtown bicycle counts have increased 15% (and 50% since 2000).
Meanwhile, we’ve just finished the 5-year Burke Gilman/Sammamish River Trail counts (thanks to all the volunteers!), and we’ll soon have the results to report. Despite the rainy weather, we’re hopeful that the numbers have increased since 2005.