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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

May 23, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Ballard fights against bike policy

Vote no on ‘missing link’

I grew up practically welded to bicycles and rode them over many a railroad track [“A Plan B for the ‘missing link,’ Opinion, May 16]. One of the first things I learned was to cross at a 90-degree angle.

Even to a 10-year-old, this is not rocket science. But it seems to be beyond the capabilities of the adult bicyclists of Seattle, who are demanding their own red carpet through Ballard.

Remember, these are people who are not required to register their bicycles, obtain safety training or pay a road-use charge for each vehicle like the rest of us. Yet they constantly demand that car drivers pay for new bike facilities.

Seattle’s local government encourages this kind of selfishness. Mayor Mike McGinn and the Seattle City Council view automobiles as wallets on four wheels to be pickpocketed, while caving into every possible bicyclist’s demand and never asking them to pay anything at all, let alone their fair share.

Voters need to say no to the Ballard grab, and more generally, to local politicians in thrall to bicycle-pressure groups. City government needs to be reminded who pays the bills around here.

Charles Pluckhahn, Seattle

Comments | Topics: Ballard, bikes, missing link

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