Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36FAMILY BIKING IS EASIER THANYOU THINK! 14 | UrbanStreets Seattle Seattle Has Resources to Get You Started It’s a beautiful vision and the research is clear: If we biked more we would be happier, live longer, save money, slow global climate change, and create safer and more enjoyable communities. And the biggie that motivates my family to bike is that we have more fun! From behind the handlebars we notice the first buds of spring and the V’s of mi- grating geese in the fall; we sing as we slowly wind up a hill; wave to drivers sit- ting in traffic; stop for errands on the way home (none of which requires a stressful parking experience); enjoy the architec- ture of the buildings around us and count gargoyles; and much more. So why don’t more families bike? The answer is rooted in history. For almost a century we have linked The American Dream to the automobile. When our cit- ies develop around the car, so does trans- portation infrastructure, such as streets and highways, which don’t necessarily support safe cycling. These challenges worry parents because they want to keep their children safe, and biking around traffic often feels dangerous. Thankfully, things are changing. While cycling has some risks, the benefits are much greater -- biking can add up to 10 years of health and longevity! With the addition of good infrastructure that in- creases safety and ease in getting around by bike, we can increase the health bene- fits even more. Vision Zero, Seattle’s plan to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030, is developing well-con- nected Greenway routes and bike lanes all across the city to support this im- proved life style goal. Granted, biking as a family can be lo- gistically complicated. Trailers, bike seats, longtails, midtails, dropping off and by Morgan Scherer B iking is fun, especially with kids! It’s also a practical and safe way to get around town. But sometimes real or perceived barriers can keep families off bikes. Imagine, though, if every family in Seattle had the resources, knowledge and support it needs to make bicycling an easy option. What if, instead of feeling fear, we all felt empowered to bike ourselves and our children around town? Family Biking SEATTLE S2016 SWFIN.indd 2 7/28/16 2:39 PM