In 2012, I spent a week in Copenhagen, saw its impressive system of bicycle lanes and visited with friends who don’t own a car and bike many miles to work [“How Seattle can close the cycling gap with Copenhagen,” Opinion, May 30].
But no amount of bicycle lanes and tracks stuck willy-nilly into Seattle’s narrow and hilly streets will make us a Copenhagen. They key difference: Copenhagen is flat.
Without hills, Copenhagen residents of many ages and abilities can use bicycles for basic transportation. A parent can drop children at school on their way to work, especially on a bike outfitted with a large cart on the front. Groceries can be hauled and deliveries can be made with these same shopping cart bikes.
Seattle needs integrated transportation plans that work for our terrain and preserve mobility options for families, seniors and the disabled.
Eileen Crawford, Seattle