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July 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Licensing for bicyclists

Bikers should help pay for public service

Bikers use the new "cycle track" on Linden Avenue North from North 130th Street, a bike path that separates bikers from parked cars and the sidewalk, making for a safer ride. [Mike Siegel, The Seattle Times.]

Bikers use the new “cycle track” on Linden Avenue North from North 130th Street, a bike path that separates bikers from parked cars and the sidewalk, making for a safer ride. [Mike Siegel, The Seattle Times.]

I continue to be flabbergasted at the number of letters from bicyclists who denounce the idea of paying for bicycle licenses, but support expansion of bicycle lanes on public streets. [“Northwest Voices: Licenses no answer,” Opinion, July 2.]

When I was a little girl, living in Detroit during the depths of the Great Depression, I had to save up twenty-five cents from my meager allowance to pay for my required yearly bicycle license.

In Gunnison, Colo., during that time, my husband and his brothers all had to purchase licenses for their bicycles.

Those who use public services should be willing to help pay for them.

Doris Ray, Seattle

Licenses would keep bikers in check

In Tuesday’s letters section, a writer asks whether charging bicyclists a licensing fee will cause drivers to give them more room.

Frankly, I know of no way to give a bicyclist more room when he’s splitting lanes between cars, waiting for a stoplight he intends to run.

However, putting license plates on bicycles would give drivers something to jot down, and the police an address to send the ticket to.

Perhaps a few hefty fines would teach bicyclists to share the road with cars, pedestrians and law-abiding citizens in general.

Howard Hance, Snohomish

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