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.
Walkers and bicyclists accounted for 18.6 percent of traffic fatalities between 2013 and 2017, and 22.5 percent of serious injuries. The number of serious injuries and fatalities of walkers and bicyclists has also been increasing. There were 412 walkers and bicyclists killed in traffic crashes in the 2011-2015 period and 474 in the 2013-2017 period. During those same periods, serious injuries for walkers and bicyclists increased from 1,992 to 2,351.