With near-apocalyptic predictions for viadoom, it seems many in North Seattle have taken to two wheels for their alternate commute during the viaduct closure: on the Monday commute last week, nearly 4,000 bicyclists crossed the Fremont Bridge.
The Seattle Department of Transportation just released statistics from the first week of the viaduct shutdown, and bike commuting has spiked as people seem to be avoiding driving at all.
In a bike count from Saturday, Jan. 12 to Wednesday, Jan. 16, SDOT found a big rise in the number of riders who used the Fremont Bridge compared to the same week last year. (they note that last year’s Monday fell on Martin Luther King Jr Day).
As it turns out, many people didn’t see a big difference in their commute during the first week of the “Seattle Squeeze”. However, those traveling into the city from West Seattle and from the south seem to be experiencing the worst of it.
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Photo from Seattle.gov