Seattle DOT reports 20 percent decrease in cyclists, blames weather

Seattle Department of Transportation released its annual traffic report Tuesday, most significantly noting a 20 percent decrease in bicycle ridership.

SDOT’s 2018 traffic report notes a drop in bicyclists from 3.5 percent in 2016, down to 2.8 percent in 2017 (as a share of overall commuters in the city). That equates to a 20 percent fall in the number of bikes on the road over the past year. This follows with census data reported by The Seattle Times in September, noting an identical 2.8 percent number for commuters biking to work in 2017.