Seattle scores Gold from League of American Bicyclists, but still has significant room for improvement

Gold SeattleLeague of American Bicyclists has released their platinum/gold/silver awards for Fall 2014 and once again Seattle is in the gold tier.  The Seattle Bike Blog as well as Seattle Neighborhood Greenways have great write ups on what it means to be a gold city and what Seattle can do to get to the platinum ranks.  Currently only a handful of cities have a platinum rating from the league.

From Seattle Bike Blog’s article:

The good news is that Seattle has done a lot of work to get up to speed on advocacy and planning. But the city has a whole lot of work left to do to build a complete and connected network of bike lanes and neighborhood greenways. Despite what some angry talk radio hosts or Seattle Times commenters might say, only 17 percent of Seattle’s arterial streets have bike lanes. That’s far lower than the platinum city average of 78 percent.

The full report (PDF) is available over at Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and it calls out a list of specifics that Seattle can do to become a platinum level biking community:

  1. Continue to expand the on and off street bike network, and make intersections safer for cyclists. Focus on network connectivity. On roads with posted speed limits of more than 35 mph, it is recommended to provide protected bicycle infrastructure. Ensure that all Seattle bridges have safe entry and exit points for cyclists, as well as a safe space to cross.
  2. Provide high quality on-street bike parking throughout the community, especially in the historic and landmark districts. Provide convenient and secure bike parking at event venues and major transit hubs.
  3. Expand the Safe Routes to School program.
  4. Dedicate SDOT staff time to encouragement and education efforts and better financially and logistically support bike-related encouragement and education efforts by advocates and bike groups. Set encouragement and education goals, metrics, and values.
  5. Continue to expand your public education campaign promoting the share the road message.
  6. Host a greater variety of family-oriented, low income and young professional-oriented bike events and rides.
  7. Step up enforcement of the Vulnerable User ordinance , 20mph speed limits, and the Failure to Yield ordinance.
  8. Aggressively implement the new bike plan by increasing funding.

Personally I think #7 should be the highest priority on this list.