2018 bike count is +2.9% above 2017 for year-to-date, despite a wet winter/spring, closure of the bridge for over a week for emergency repairs in June, and then the forest fire smoke air quality alerts. If you look at the data in detail, a few things jump out:
- Weekday trips far exceed weekend trips. These mostly are working bike riders.
- Weather and light/darkness during commute hours are by far the biggest factors.
- Alaskan Way Viaduct closures cause a spike. See May 2016.
- Spokane Street Bridge emergency closures cause a dip. See June 2018.
- We don’t yet have the key safe routes to downtown to really grow the numbers yet. Fauntleroy, Avalon, Delridge, and East Marginal Way should be the game changers.
SDOT data. Our graph.