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July 22, 2013 at 7:11 AM

Bicyclists in Seattle

Cyclists pay their fair share

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’m hoping the school-bus driver who complained about bicyclists breaking traffic laws is no longer in her job, because she is clearly either blind or driving with her eyes shut. [“Northwest Voices: Bicycle safety,” Opinion, July 14.]

She insists she’s seen more cyclists breaking traffic laws than drivers. Really? There are thousands more drivers than there are cyclists, and just in my daily five-mile drive to work, I regularly see those drivers roll through stop signs, pass on the right, change lanes or turn without signaling, cut other drivers off, exceed the speed limit … the list goes on and on.

The letter writer just hates bicyclists.

I’m tired of people complaining that cyclists don’t pay their fair share of gas tax in support of transportation projects that include bike lanes and other bike-related projects. I drive plenty, and so do all the other adult cyclists I know.

Besides, transportation amenities, like bike lanes, contribute to the overall livability of the entire community, which has all sorts of benefits to every single one of us — even those who never get out on a bike and ride.

Kasia Pierzga, Olympia

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