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More People Are Walking, Biking and Using Transit in Seattle

  • 15% more biking: The number of people riding a bike into downtown jumped 15% between 2007 and 2009. Over 2,500 cyclists were counted entering downtown in 2009, many using new bike lanes and bike routes created through the Bicycle Master Plan.
  • 22% more transit riders : From the fall of 2005 to the fall of 2008 METRO Transit added almost 100,000 hours of bus service per year, thanks to voter-approved Transit Now. During these same three years transit ridership in King County jumped by 22%. In that last year, the biggest growth happened in the Seattle/Shoreline area of the county, where ridership increased by over six million transit trips per year. More recently, METRO ridership has dropped countywide due to the recession.
  • 9% more commuters walk, bike or take transit downtown: From 1999 to 2006 the percentage of people getting to work downtown without driving alone increased by 9%. Other urban centers of the City also had positive results. [Source: PSRC]
  • 11% increase in walking, biking and transit for all trips in South Lake Union: Between 1999 and 2006 the percentage of all trips taken by South Lake Union residents without driving alone increased by 11%. [Source: PSRC]

These are the kind of changes the city needs to meet its goals for the percentage of people walking, biking and using transit in the future. Click here for more information on these goals.


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