Follow us:

Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

June 26, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Bike expert compares Seattle streets to Manhattan

Cyclists should pay nominal license fee

John Pucher, famed Rutgers professor and scholar of bike safety and bikeable cities, rides down Dexter Ave. N. with Robin Randels of Seattle during a recent visit to Seattle. [Ellen M. Banner, The Seattle Times.]

John Pucher, famed Rutgers professor and scholar of bike safety and bikeable cities, rides down Dexter Ave. N. with Robin Randels of Seattle during a recent visit to Seattle. [Ellen M. Banner, The Seattle Times.]

So, Seattle streets are not safe for cyclists. [“Worse than Manhattan?” page one, June 26.]

This, despite our mayor, who is an avid cyclist himself, is supported by the Cascade Bicycle Club and who hired its former advocacy director to work with the Department of Transportation, to the tune of $95,000 a year.

This certainly has to count as another failure of our mayor-in-training.

He might have garnered more general and enthusiastic support for cycling as a serious transportation mode in Seattle if he had pushed for all cyclists to pay a nominal license fee. Although this would only be a fraction of the costs required for more safety measures, as in many other aspects of the community, this would signal that we’re all in it together.

Paul Gutowski, Seattle

Bike expert was not riding safely

I noticed the picture used for this story on bicycle safety shows the Rutgers professor (”and scholar of bike safety”) and his friend riding two abreast in the bike lane down Dexter Avenue North.

I don’t think bike lanes are designed to safely accommodate two riders in such a manner.

Neil Marck, Bainbridge Island

Comments | More in Seattle, Transportation | Topics: bicycle, biking, cycling


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►