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August 8, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Seattle’s Master Bike Plan

Citizens should oppose new measures

Bikers use the "cycle track" on Linden Avenue North from North 130th Street, a bike path that separates bikers from parked cars and the sidewalk. [Mike Siegel, The Seattle Times.]

Bikers use the “cycle track” on Linden Avenue North from North 130th Street, a bike path that separates bikers from parked cars and the sidewalk. [Mike Siegel, The Seattle Times.]

I strongly recommend that all Seattle citizens find the time to read the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) June 2013 revision of the Master Bike Plan (available at all city libraries).

The city has already reconfigured a number of major streets to accommodate cyclists. This results in loss of traffic lanes and/or on-street parking. The Master Bike Plan revision proposes much more of this.

SDOT estimates that 3.6 percent of commuters travel on bikes. There is nothing wrong with cycling, but it does seem that there is something wrong with making the transportation needs of 96.4 percent of the citizens more difficult in order to accommodate a very small minority of the population.

Given that the current city government is fanatically pro-cycling, this plan will sail through without opposition if there is not a strong response from the city’s citizens.

Dick Schwartz, Seattle

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