Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Yay, Bicycle Commuters!

More and more folks are getting around on their bicycles these days, and that is a good thing! It has a profound impact on creating a livable urban environment. Here are some cool bike facts from the good folks at Washington Bikes:

Washington is the #1 Bicycle Friendly State in America for the 7th year in a row

We have some of the best new bike lanes in the country.

The greater Wenatchee area became the state’s first multi-jurisdictional Bicycle-Friendly Community.

Bike touring is better than ever with the release of Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-Day Bike Tours in Washington.

We rolled out US Bicycle Route 10, the first US Bicycle Route on the entire West Coast.

Thousands more students walk and bike to school thanks to our Bike and Pedestrian Safety Education Program.

WA Bikes partnered to rally support for the 27-mile Whitehorse Trail connecting Arlington to Darrington, aiding in the region’s recovery from the devastating Oso mudslide.

Washington is #1 in America for rail-trails—over 1,000 miles and growing.

Local bike advocacy is growing by leaps and bounds, and Washington Bikes opened an office in Spokane.

More and more elected officials at every level “get it”—and work for better bicycling.

Open Streets events are held in more communities.

Bike challenges from serious to off-the-wall (coffeeneuring, anyone?) inspire people to ride more.

Bikes mean business: Biking was recognized as part of the $20+ billion outdoor economy in the state, with Gov. Inslee naming a Blue Ribbon Task Force and appointing the WA Bikes executive director as co-chair.

For nearly 28 years Washington Bikes has made connections for better bicycling.  Learn more about the work that happens thanks to people like you: Read our blog and follow us onFacebook, Twitter (@WAbikes), Instagram and Pinterest (#WAbikes).

What does this have to do with real estate investing, you ask? It means that more and more people will be living near public transit and looking for easy commutes to their places of employment. Look for big increases in Transit Oriented Developments in major urban centers like Seattle.

Happy Riding! Happy Investing!

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