Nearly all Washingtonians walk on a daily basis and for about 25% – 30% of the state’s population who do not drive, walking is a necessary means of transportation. Bicycling is also not just a means of recreation but the way in which many Washingtonians commute to work and the way many of our children get to school.
Pedestrians accounted for 15.6% of traffic fatalities between 2012 and 2016, and 14.9% of serious injuries. The number of serious injuries and fatalities of bicyclists has been increasing. Between 2011-2016, 717 people were seriously injured and 81 died in motorist/bicyclist collisions; the first six months of 2017 saw another 13 fatalities and 101 serious injuries, according to preliminary data.