Biking / Transportation

Bike Program

Photo Compliments of Stephen Reese

Photo Compliments of Stephen Reese

Bike Program

Seattle’s Bike Program creates the opportunity to improve your health and cut your carbon footprint; it can be part of your larger transportation plan…you have one, right?  If you want to calculate your carbon footprint go to the Nature Conservancy and use their calculator; this can be a real eye opener.  If you journal the use of your car you will be amazed how many trips are under 5 miles.

Seattle Bike Program

Seattle and the surrounding suburbs are using are using the public to provide safe, affordable, healthy, travel choices that encourage people to get out and enjoy our cities.  The Bicycle Master Plan is the tool helping our community to reach this vision. Over the last four years the Seattle Department of Transportation has invested nearly $36 million in bicycle improvements guided by the plan. Improvements were funded through the voter-approved Bridging the Gap transportation levy and include 129 miles of bike lanes, 98 miles of signed routes, and 2,230 bike parking spaces. This year the Bicycle Master Plan is again being updated.  Seattle is now  working toward the goal of tripling the number of cyclists, and to reach this goal expanding bicycle facilities that focus on short, neighborhood trips and improvements that appeal to a wide variety of bicycle riders. Go to your city website to get specific information on plans in your area.  If you want a copy of the Seattle Master Plan click Bicycle Master Plan.


Seattle Bike Map; Downloadable bicycle map for Seattle, Online bicycle map

King County bike map

Washington State bike maps by city

Washington State bike map

How to combine bike and bus transit in King County, Metro Transit

How to combine bike and bus Transit in Snohomish County, C0mmunity Transit

How to combine bike and light trail, SoundTransit

How to combine bike and Sounder Trail, SoundTransit

Bicycle Facts

  • Time to drive from University District to Pike Place Market in light traffic: 15 minutes
  • Driving time during rush hour: 35 minutes
  • Cycling time, moderate pace: 30 minutes
  • Time to park car: 5 – 25 minutes
  • Time to park and lock bike: 1 minute
  • Number of bikes which can be parked in one car parking space: 14
  • Number of bicycle racks on public sidewalks in Seattle: 2,800
  • Estimated construction of Park and Ride Costs: $17,000 per stall for surface lots, and $25,000 per stall for structured parking (per King County Transit Planning)


  1. Nice post! Would love to bike in Seattle!

  2. Sounds like a great plan; hopefully we will get something as good when our city is rebuilt.

  3. I also like to bike. It is so true that by the time you drive the car and find a parking space, you can be there by bike :)

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