Seahawk Michael Bennett, Mayor Murray celebrate Bike to Work Day

Today Seahawk Michael Bennett joined Mayor Ed Murray to celebrate Bike to Work Day by riding along the Lake Washington Ship Canal.

“Seattle is biking to work now more than ever thanks to our investments in biking infrastructure,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “We will do more in our Transportation Levy to Move Seattle to make biking safe and fun for riders of all abilities.”

Bennett famously took a victory lap around Century Link Field on a Seattle Police Department bike after the Seahawks won the NFC Championship game on the road to the Super Bowl last season. SPD again provided Bennett with a bike to use on today’s ride.

“Everybody get outside,” said Bennett. “It’s a great time to get out and ride with your kids, have fun and enjoy the city.”

Bike trips on Seattle’s major bike routes are up 12 percent during the first 4 months of 2015, compared the same period last year. On the 39th Ave NE greenway, which provides a bike friendly corridor through Seattle neighborhoods of Wedgewood and Bryant to the Burke-Gillman trail, bike traffic has increased 40 percent.

Fremont Bridge’s bike counter tallied more than one million riders in 2014. The Pronto! cycle share program now has 50 stations throughout Seattle, and will be adding two new stations this month.

Murray has transmitted his proposed Transportation Levy to Move Seattle to the Seattle City Council, which will consider sending the measure to the voters in November. Move Seattle will implement major pieces of the Bicycle Master Plan, including funding for 170 miles of neighborhood greenways and protected bike lanes over 9 years.

The Seattle Department of Transportation continues to improve bicycle access and mobility enhancements throughout the city. Last year SDOT completed the 1.2 mile Second Avenue protected bike lane now used by more than 1,000 cyclists a day.

This year, SDOT begins construction of the permanent Roosevelt Way protected bike lane and the Westlake cycle track. The department will build a total of 12 miles of neighborhood greenways and seven miles of bike lanes in neighborhoods throughout Seattle in 2015.

Bennett and Murray were joined by Cascade Bicycle Club’s Executive Director Elizabeth Kiker, SDOT staff and Seattle Police officers.

“Biking is such an integral part of Seattle’s culture that Michael even brought it to the NFC Championship Game,” said Kiker. “We’re proud of the city’s commitment to cycling and we look forward to growing it.”

For useful bicycling information and an online bike map, please visit SDOT’s biking webpage.