The Mayor shared some fun data today: That since the implementation of the safer 2nd Ave bike lane, a shit-ton more cyclists have been taking that route.
From his blog:
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) today released data for the new Second Avenue Protected Bike Lane that shows bicycle ridership has tripled due to the new facility. With the conversion of the former one-way bike lane to a two-way, protected bike lane, an average of 1,099 bicyclists a day used the new lane on September 9, 10 and 11 according to electronic counters. This is three times the daily number of cyclists that had previously used the former one-way bike lane.
Yeah. In one week, the addition of a safer way to ride increased ridership. Which goes to show that if you a.) hate traffic and b.) hate standing on the bus, you SHOULD BE IN FAVOR OF SAFER BIKE LANES.
Even if you personally **never** bike, this is just one of the ways to solve this problem that everyone seems so head-scratchy about.