July 12, 2013 at 6:52 AM
Road work will shut 520 bridge and northbound I-405
Coverage could have offered more resources
The front-page feature story on the road closures coming up this weekend said a lot about problems people may encounter when driving, but gives very little helpful information about ways to reduce these problems by finding other ways to get around. [“Going somewhere this weekend? Not so fast,” page one, July 10.]
The writer, Nancy Bartley, gave several helpful links for people who want updated information about driving conditions, but for those who want to follow the advice to “carpool, use public transportation or bike,” the article could have included resources like Rideshare to help people carpool, or Metro’s Trip Planner.
It could have mentioned that Link Light Rail is fast and reliable, or that the city has produced bike maps that are available online.
The article mentions the Mariners’ weekend games as if driving were the only way to get there; it could have offered a link to the Mariners’ transportation page online.
It could have addressed readers not as “drivers,” but as “people” wanting to get around when the roads are closed, and offered more help and encouragement to those who don’t want to add a car to the predicted traffic problems.
Merlin Rainwater, Seattle
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