Spring has sprung and the beautiful blooms it brings makes it the perfect time for riding your bicycle. From Texas to Washington, the United States is full of cycling cities and one of the top biking cities is none other than the city of Seattle, WA. Going green is no longer a fad; Living in a bike-friendly city in a bike-friendly apartment community is considered one of the top amenities for renters.
In cities like Seattle, WA, bike riders are part of the everyday scenery, making their way through traffic, parked in front of cafes, shops, and workplaces. Here, riding your bike to work is not viewed as green living, it’s a way of life! Considered the norm, biking for recreation is one of Seattle’s favorite pastimes.
Seattle boasts some exciting excursions for bikers including the picturesque Green Lake trail, featuring a 2.8-mile paved loop which is perfect for bikers of all skill levels and is a smooth ride full of gorgeous views.
For those that prefer a more “off-road” biking experience, the East Lake Sammamish Trail will definitely take you for a ride. the Trail is roughly 11 miles long and is popular among hybrid and mountain biking cyclists. Trust us, for biking, Seattle is the place to be. For an extensive list, Seattle Department of Transportation offers a downloadable map free of charge.
Cities with a high density of bike riders also experience increased economic growth. According to SeattleBikeFriendliness.com, “Studies in cities across the US and Canada show that customers who arrive to your business by foot or by bike visit more frequently and spend more money than those who arrive by car. Cities have proven that cycling supports a thriving business network on a neighborhood scale. After the completion of the 9th Ave protected bike lane in NYC, local businesses saw a 49% increase in retail sales.”
With statistics like that, it’s no wonder bike-friendly cities are popping up all over the nation. The League of American Bicyclists believes that “Bicycling brings people together, communities are safer, stronger and better connected, and our nation is healthier, economically stronger, environmentally cleaner and more energy independent.”
The benefits of bike riding are numerous including increased physical and mental health, an increase in brain power, and natural weight loss. It’s also a great way to connect with your community and a sport the whole family can enjoy together. Cyclists of Greater Seattle has a host of community rides, tours and events ranging from week-long adventures to bike camping excursions and everything in between.
At Weidner, we’re pleased to offer our residents bike-friendly apartment communities for the ultimate in life-work balance and healthy fun. For a tour of bike-friendly communities near you, give us a call! We’re pleased to welcome you home at Weidner Apartment Homes, on and off the trail!
-The Weidner Team