The City of Seattle often discourages businesses and workers from driving alone into downtown, especially during peak commute times. But does Seattle walk the walk, ride the bus, or take a bike?
According to recently released data from the Seattle Department of Transportation, 71.9 percent of the city’s approximate 7,000 downtown employees are commuting to work without a personal car. SDOT notes that about 5,500 of those employees arrive during peak commuting hours — between 6-9 a.m. As MyNorthwest previously pointed out, this wasn’t enough to beat out the city’s downtown commuting competition — this year, the city got bronze status for its employees’ good commuting habits. So there is room for improvement.
The majority of commuters are hopping a bus downtown — 60.7 percent. There are also those who walk, bike, etc.
• Walk-on ferry: 3.1 percent
• Walk: 2.7 percent
• Bike: 3.2 percent
As for personal cars, about 15.3 percent drive to work alone. Others either carpool or ride a motorcycle.
• Carpool: 10.1 percent
• Motorcycle: 1.2 percent
• Drive on ferry: .4 percent
Approximately 1.2 percent of the city’s employees telecommute.