Weekly Snapshot: Good News for Seattle Bikers and Walkers? Kinda.

BY ANIKA JESI
May 27, 2011
Sharrows coming to South Jackson Street, Seattle. Photo by flickr user Joshua_Putnam
 

Seattle is consistently ranked one of the nation's most bikeable and walkable cities, with low pedestrian fatality rates, bicycle-friendly legislation and a high percentage of commuters who bike or walk to work. However, some worry that these high scores have made Seattle "too cocky," and that the city still has a ways to go in providing acceptable bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Residents hope Seattle's relative success does not defer the city from investing in better and more extensive facilities for traveling by bike and foot.

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