Our most-read posts of 2013

A snapshot of where people are in Washington State when they visit Seattle Bike Blog

A snapshot of where people are in Washington State when they visit Seattle Bike Blog

It’s been a great year here at Seattle Bike Blog. Readership continues to rise with no signs of slowing down thanks to all your support.

Our most-clicked story was, by far, Representative Ed Orcutt’s gaffe about how bicycles aren’t really that much more environmentally-friendly than cars. But some of the city’s bike projects also turned a lot of heads.

The city’s response to the guerrilla bike lanes on Cherry Street under I-5 was a fun, cool story here in Seattle. But SDOT was so open-minded and thoughtful about replacing the illegal lanes with properly-designed ones, people in other cities were shocked. It’s a uniquely Seattle story that represents the level of responsive government we aspire to achieve.

Other popular stories were not so happy, like the tragic death of Ed Pratis in Redmond. The comments for that story are full of heartbreaking remembrances by family and friends across the country.

Another stand-out story: One of the most-clicked stories is our 2012 post about biking in the Seattle rain. So many of you shared that archive post that it made it into the top 10. Perhaps we should write more posts about rainy cycling.

Thank you all for reading, and for the 100 of you who subscribe to support our work each month. It’s been humbling to make the jump from part-time to full-time, and I look forward to an even bigger and better 2014.

Below is the list of stories that were read more than 5,000 times in 2013.

State lawmaker defends bike tax, says bicycling is not good for the environment 196,428
Guerrilla road safety group ‘politely’ installs illegal bike lane protectors on Cherry Street 65,552
SDOT makes guerrilla-installed protected bike lane permanent 18,356
How I got my friend’s stolen bike back 12,956
Rep. Orcutt says bicycle carbon emissions ‘not a point worthy of even mentioning’ 12,427
Fantastic Solstice Parade weather greets 1,000+ naked and painted people on bikes (NSFW) 11,536
How to bike in the Seattle rain 11,242
Woman spots her stolen bike on front of a Metro bus, gets it back 10,711
Cascade: Man dies during lunchtime ride in Redmond 6,875
Man forced to drop bike and climb wall as person slams jeep into reverse down Ship Canal Trail 6,677
Why a statewide bike tax makes no sense 6,248
West Seattle Greenways co-founder victim of road rage hit and run 5,917
(Some of) The steepest streets in Seattle 5,550
Man critically injured after being struck by person on bike in Madison Park 5,452
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