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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

July 19, 2013 at 7:07 AM

Bike-lane buffer on Cherry Street

Guerrilla action was irresponsible

This parking meter on 7th near Columbia is hooded - permanently capped as the city creates a bike lane along the street which eliminates street parking there.  A group of guerilla cyclists  established a bike lane on 7th Street between Cherry and Marion, but the city embraced the idea and made improvements to the permanent lane. [Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times.]

This parking meter on 7th near Columbia is hooded – permanently capped as the city creates a bike lane along the street which eliminates street parking there. A group of guerilla cyclists established a bike lane on 7th Street between Cherry and Marion, but the city embraced the idea and made improvements to the permanent lane. [Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times.]

Can this be real? A guerrilla bicycle advocate group redesigns a city street without a permit. [“Seattle embraces idea of Cherry Street bike-lane buffer,” NW Wednesday, July 17.]

Merely a couple of days after this unauthorized citizen recharting of a busy downtown street’s traffic, Mayor Mike McGinn commissions his city engineer, Dongho Chang, to mimic this demand and make it even better.

What’s next? Will McGinn offer to reimburse the rogue group for its expenses to reallocate our city traffic without a permit? Isn’t there a fine to redirect traffic by unauthorized citizens? Is this not vandalism?

A more serious question is, who would have been responsible if a serious accident had happened due to the confusion of this sudden recharting that the daily, commuting drivers knew nothing about?

It would be more community-friendly if this guerrilla group and others like the bicycle clubs would push for bicycle license and registration to earn the right to demand lanes.

Dee Tezelli, Seattle

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