Seattle one of the safest cities for cyclists, pedestrians

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by ANGELA KING / KING 5 News

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Posted on April 19, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Seattle is the second-safest city for people who walk and bike to work, according to a new study by the Alliance for Biking and Walking.

The 2014 Benchmarking report looked at fatality rates for bikers and pedestrians throughout the country.

Seattle had the second lowest rate of pedestrian deaths, with an average of 2.7 fatalities per 10,000 commuters. The city also had eighth lowest death rate for those who bike to work (2.7 fatalities per 10,000 commuters). 

Overall, researchers gave the city a #2 ranking behind Boston. Jacksonville came in last place with 33 bike fatalities and 42 pedestrian deaths.

Scientists credit strong advocacy programs and increased awareness among drivers for Seattle's high ranking. The report found drivers are more likely to be careful and safe around walkers and bikers when they're used to seeing these people on the road.

The study also found more people nationwide are biking and walking to work.

The national average is one in 20 but in Seattle, one in eight commuters either walk or bike to work.

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