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April 18, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Report: Seattle ranks No. 2 for cyclist and pedestrian safety

Considering the amount of behind-the-wheel texting and mobile phone calling we see every day in this city, the following may come as a surprise: Among large U.S. cities, Seattle has the second-lowest fatality rate for pedestrians and cyclists, according to a new report. The 2014 Benchmarking Report, released this week by the…


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November 6, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Is Seattle getting less walkable?


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For Seattle, just being a walkable city isn’t good enough.  We want to be No. 1, the most walkable city in the nation. At least that’s the goal plainly stated in the Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan.

But we may be falling farther behind on that lofty goal than we thought.

Seattle’s walkability score actually declined this past year, according to the 2014 rankings of America’s most walkable cities, released on Wednesday by Walk Score.

The Seattle-based company, which scores thousands of cities and neighborhoods based on how convenient they are for someone on foot, releases new scores each year and ranks America’s top cities for pedestrians.  Last year, Seattle placed sixth with a score of 73.7 out of a possible 100.   We’re still in the top 10 this year, but we dropped down to eighth with a score of just 70.8.  Miami and Washington, D.C., leapfrogged over Seattle in the rankings.


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