Seattle has a lot to offer: great coffee, abundant farmers’ markets, fresh seafood… It’s also a great biking city.
Cycling and Seattle have shared a symbiotic relationship for over a century. The city gives a lot to cyclists, particularly with the recent Master Bike Plan which is increasing biking facilities and improving safety for cyclists throughout the Seattle area.
In return, cycling gives a lot back to Seattle. Not only do bikers decrease cars on the road and help reduce pollution, but they contribute to building a better community. Long-established Seattle bike shops, like Gregg’s Cycle in Green Lake, and local hangouts that celebrate cycling, like Peddler Brewing Co. in Ballard, as well as annual events like the Naked Bike Ride and the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic, are signs of this community-building. Additionally, studies have shown that the presence of biking paths, like the Burke-Gilman Trail, increases the price of surrounding property, reflecting the value people place on a strong biking community.
To celebrate this relationship between cycling and Seattle, we have made an infographic highlighting some of the most interesting facts and statistics about Seattle’s bike culture as well as some of the best trails and bike-friendly locations in the area. Please enjoy it, share it, spread the Seattle-cycling love!
If you would like to share this infographic, we’d love it. But please give credit by linking back to the original source!
Locations featured on infographic:
Gregg’s Cycle, 7007 Woodlawn Ave NE
Peddler Brewing Company, 1514 NW Leary Way
SDOT’s Bicycle Participation Survey 2012
Slides 3, 6Ask MOHAI
http://blog.seattlepi.com/thebigblog/2010/08/09/the-tale-of-seattle-and-bicycles-a-love-story/Kirby, Julia. 2001. “Reinvention with Respect: An Interview with Jim Kelly of UPS”. Harvard Business Review. 79 (10): 116.Purcher, John. “Building a Bicycling Renaissance in Seattle” Seattle Times. July 14, 2013
Long, Katherine. “Sammamish Trails Tied to Burke-Gilman for a Total of 42 Miles“ Seattle Times. May 15, 2009.
“America’s top 50 Bike Friendly Cities.” Bicycling Magazine.
Seattle Department of Transit’s 2012 Citywide Bicycle Counts