Program on the Environment student Ziyi Liu interned with Seattle Neighborhoods Greenways for his Capstone project, to learn why so few people bike in Seattle’s Chinatown International District, and what factors prevent people from traveling on two wheels.
Ziyi’s research question asked: “How does bike infrastructure affect cycling safety in the Chinatown-International District?”
His findings revealed that safety was a huge concern, and that in the International District there are very few protected bike lanes, compared to other busy neighborhoods in Seattle. With added infrastructure and smarter design, biking could become more accessible to residents.
“A protected bike lane is not only for cyclists, but it’s for everybody—it’s about the community and community happiness.” – Ziyi Liu
Ziyi’s findings indicate that building a connected network of protected bike lanes encourages more people to bike, and gives better transportation choices to individuals of all ages and abilities especially in parts of the city with lower car ownership. Ziyi also looked at the demographics of who bikes in Seattle and found some upward trends.