bicycle club in your area to see what’s happening near you.
Before you head out on your first adventure, be sure your bicycle is properly tuned up, you’ve done everything to increase your personal safety and you know the rules of the road.
Bicycle tourism is becoming an important economic factor for many communities in Washington. A recent study (pdf 7.5 mb) found bicycle riding was number three in our state in terms of recreational spending, with a whopping $3.1 billion annual impact. That represents a lot of bicyclists shopping, lodging and eating at local businesses.
The challenge is to reduce the number of bicycle injuries and deaths as bicycle ridership increases. That’s why Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson is reminding everyone to share the road.
- Washington Bike Summit – In March we sponsored the first-ever bike summit, an event that brought more than 200 people together for workshops and training on best practices in developing walking/bicycling/transit connections.
- Safer People, Safer Streets – We’re starting work to put more of an emphasis on infrastructure safety, education, vehicle safety and data collection to help make it safer for people walking, bicycling, and taking public transportation.
- Safe Routes to School education – Working with the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington Bikes and Feet First, we’ve reached more than 56,000 students in 41 school districts since 2010, delivering bicycle and pedestrian safety education.
- Separated Bike Lanes – We’re working with federal partners to produce a new guide for planning and developing protected bike lanes. Early observations show that separated bike lanes can increase bicycling by 20 to 170 percent.
- Safe Routes to School improvements – Over the past two years, more than $18 million in Safe Routes to School project grants were awarded for 42 projects to improve conditions for children walking and biking to school. As an example, a project at Dearborn Park Elementary School in Seattle that added sidewalks and other safety measures resulted in a 33 percent increase in walking and biking among students.