Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Census survey: Biking, walking and transit up. Driving alone down to 44.5%

"Walking, biking and transit is up to 39%, and driving alone to work continues its steep decline. Now just 44.5% of Seattle workers drive alone to work, down from 53% a decade ago. Even if the 2018 estimates end up being a bit high, Seattle is on trend for walking, biking and transit use to overtake driving alone just a few years from now, a feat very few U.S. cities have accomplished.”

Those opposing bike infrastructure in Seattle and Mercer Island pointed to a decline in these numbers in 2017 despite the record bad weather and the 2nd Avenue bike lane being closed for five months.   The 2018 data is in line with past trends that SOV usage is declining and area bike counts are up. 

Monday, October 7, 2019

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION NEWS FROM WSDOT AND PARTNERS

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Local Road Safety Plan Workshops Scheduled
A Local Road Safety Plan provides a data-driven, risk-based method to prioritize locations for engineering improvements to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes. This course introduces local agencies to the concept and structure of Local Road Safety Plans, and shows them how to build a plan based on actual crash data from a city.
This course also introduces WSDOT's 2020 City Safety Program, which will release a call for projects in November 2019. This federal Highway Safety Improvement Program-funded program will have a systemic subprogram for low cost, widespread, risk-based projects in an entire city, or over wide city areas. Agencies will need a local road safety plan in order to apply for any City Safety Program funding.
Several dates and locations to choose from: Oct. 1 (Olympia), Oct. 2 (Bellevue), Oct. 3 (Vancouver), Oct. 22 (Wenatchee), Oct. 23 (Spokane), Oct. 24 (Richland) No Cost. Details and registration.