Cycling in Seattle sometimes seems not like a question of “Will I get hit?” but instead more of a question of “When will I get hit?” In recent years, Seattle has had numerous cycling accidents and made some progress in getting protected bike lanes into the one of the city’s more dangerous areas to bike. With the addition of bright green markings to indicate the separation of bike lanes from pedestrian sidewalks and vehicle lanes, Seattle has drastically reduced the chance for vehicles hitting cyclists along that road.
However, this past month Seattle has changed its five year plan to add more protected bike lanes and greenways. Instead of the 36 proposed miles of protected bike lanes and 52 miles of greenways, Seattle will plan on 25 and 32 miles, respectively. Seattle should still see a trend of fewer cycling accidents, though it will not be as good as the previously proposed plan could have done.
The most frustrating part of this news is that Seattleites voted on more protected bike lanes in the Move Seattle levy in November 2015. This levy was meant to provide improved safety to all modes of transportation in Seattle, yet the proposed safer bike lanes get their plans cut by nearly a third. Cyclists are concerned that with cuts to the bike plan so soon after voting could open the door to further cuts as the months march on.
Seattle is growing and the protected bike lanes could make some commuters more likely to choose biking over driving. However, more cyclists and more cars on the road mean more cycling accidents between the two transportation modes. Many of the more dangerous roads in Seattle, such as Rainier Avenue and Admiral Way, were the ones to face the most significant cuts. These busy roads are likely to continue to see unsafe cyclists and drivers getting into accidents.
Caution while biking or driving is always a given, but if you’ve been hit by a car while cycling, dealing with the aftermath of injuries can be daunting. If you need help after a cycling accident please give us a call. We’ve got experienced cycling accident attorneys on call round-the-clock!