Seattle, Wash.: Greatest Cycling Cities in America
Hands down, the most impressive feature of Seattle's bicycle scene is
its extensively detailed and publicized Bicycle Master Plan. Designed to
boost the current commuter percentage of 2.99, the Bicycle
Master Plan calls for 118 miles of new bike lanes, 19 miles of trails
and new signs to aid in cycling awareness. At an estimated cost of $240
million, the Master Plan includes a project to create "bike boulevards"
-- eight miles of streets marked for bike travel as an alternative to
riding on heavily used arterial roads.
Divided by just a few
hundred miles, Seattle's bike scene may seem tame in comparison to
Portland's. But with its strong community bike scene combined with its
government-funded and supported 10-year bike plan, Seattle is on the
cusp of making bicycling the safest and most affordable transportation