Bike messenger Jeff Shufelt plies his trade in downtown Seattle. Though not officially tracked, it’s widely assumed that messengers’ numbers are dwindling, thanks in part to widespread acceptance of electronic filing by courts.
Different Spokes: The Life of a Seattle Cyclist
Regarded as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation, Seattle’s love of all things two-wheeled runs deep and wide (like a sharrow). In our city, spirited battles rage over street access, cyclists’ rights and how best to keep pedalers safe, as our streets teem with their growing numbers. Bicycles get us around, but they also define us, refine us and give us a visceral sense of community, whether we’re bike commuters or baby haulers, messengers or mud fanatics—or weekend warriors taking in the sheer joy of a sunny-day spin along the Burke-Gilman Trail. We offer this snapshot of Seattle’s diverse and thriving bicycling scene.
Photographs by Charles Peterson
With additional photos by Stuart Isett, Mike Hone and Russell Lo