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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

July 29, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Bicycles in Seattle

No room on the road

 A bicyclist was seriously injured Thursday in a collision with a SUV at the intersection of Dexter and Harrison. [Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times.]

A bicyclist was seriously injured Thursday in a collision with a SUV at the intersection of Dexter and Harrison. [Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times.]

Riding bicycles is fun, healthy and nonpolluting. It would be even better if bicycle riding could help solve Seattle’s traffic problems. [“Around the Northwest: Full recovery likely for injured cyclist,” NW Sunday, July 28.]

However, more bicycles on Seattle streets is proving to be an unworkable, maybe disastrous, solution. Seattle’s traffic problems are problems of geography: The lakes, the Sound, the hills and the ship canal dictate a traffic grid that can’t get better.

All this is exacerbated by the location of Interstate 5 right in the middle. Today, the grid we have is stuffed full of cars and new-car sales are booming.

When designers insist on superimposing a traffic grid for bicycles on top of an already unworkable traffic pattern, the result is predictable. There simply isn’t room for safe-bicycle lanes that usurp the already overcrowded Seattle streets.

I wish it weren’t so.

Larry Lowry, Seattle

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