July 29, 2013 at 7:25 PM
Bicycles in Seattle
No room on the road
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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