On one hand, Seattle has bike lanes, the Burke-Gilman trail and rental bikes. On the other, there are hills everywhere. So how does Seattle stack up when it comes to bikeability?
By weighing factors such as hills and bike lanes, Bike Score ranks cities for bikeability. A score of greater than 90 means daily errands can be done by bicycle. Between 70 and 89 means biking is convenient for most trips. And cities with some biking infrastructure in place get between 60 and 69 points.
In 2012, Seattle was at 64. By 2019, the score had jumped to 70, bringing Seattle into the “convenient for biking” score range. This also Seattle with Boston for sixth and seventh most bikeable cities in the US. In 2022, Seattle’s score inched up to 71.
Russell Jones Real Estate is committed to promoting a healthy living environment for all. Learn more about about cycling and commuting in Seattle:
- The Seattle Transit Blog for lots of excellent content on transportation-related issues;
- The City of Seattle’s Bike Web Map;
- Walk Score page for Seattle;
- “How Bikeable Is Your City? Find Out With Bike Score,” 2012 article in Forbes;
- “Top 10 U.S. Cities for Biking in 2020” by Walk Score (archived);