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Seattle Times letters to the editor

July 1, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Bikers and pedestrians in Seattle

Licenses not the answer

A cyclist descends the hill at Gas Works Park as dark rainy skies blanket Seattle. [Ken Lambert, The Seattle Times.]

A cyclist descends the hill at Gas Works Park as dark rainy skies blanket Seattle. [Ken Lambert, The Seattle Times.]

So let’s see here; if I pay and have a license attached to my bicycle, the drivers in Seattle will, all of a sudden, give me room on the road and not complain? [“Northwest Voices: Step up and pay,” Opinion, July 1.]

Sounds too good to be true — sign me up!

Douglas Brusig, Seattle

Walking can be dangerous too

With all the press we have seen this week regarding bicycling safety, I would like to mention that Seattle is not a very safe place for pedestrians. Much of the city does not have sidewalks, and pedestrians are forced into the streets, to compete with car and bicycle traffic.

I have lived in North Seattle for the last six years, and I have found walking around on busy side streets to be a dangerous undertaking, especially on the streets with roundabouts, which force traffic into narrow driving lanes and decrease visibility.

It has been nice to see so many bicycle lanes recently. Perhaps it’s time to focus on sidewalks, especially around our city’s schools, where children’s safety is at risk.

Mary Varnum, Seattle

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