Seattle is a world-class city for planning; let’s also become known for our doing.
Tonight (June 5) at 6 pm in Seattle City Hall, SDOT is hosting an open house on Seattle’s newest Draft Bicycle Master Plan. We still haven’t gotten far in implementing or funding the 2007 Bicycle Master Plan, which claimed to be a “visionary, yet practical, action strategy to make Seattle a world-class city for bicycling.”
We’ve got a long way to go before we are world-class… Seattle’s bike count increased by 4.7% from 2011 to 2012, but the percentage of people bike commuting is still in the single digits. In Copenhagen, for instance, 52% of residents’ in-city trips to work or education are made by bike.
More people riding will make our streets better for everyone– safer for bicyclists and easier for drivers who will be less likely to be stuck behind other drivers…
It’s good to plan, but unless we are going to act on these plans, why bother? Let’s make sure the Bike Master Plan is something that can and will be fully implemented.