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August 5, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Dexter right turns: City kowtowing to bicyclists

Motorists heading south on Dexter Avenue North toward downtown can no longer make right turns onto westbound Mercer. (Steve Ringman / Seattle Times)

The city’s decision to prohibit right turns from Dexter Avenue onto Mercer is a stark illustration of its disconnection with and outright disdain for the large majority of taxpayers ["Seattle slaps right-turn ban on busy Dexter-Mercer intersection," Local News, Aug. 3].

For all we know, this might be good traffic engineering. But to implement it without asking, and to do it in reaction to a couple of accidents, reeks of arrogance and of the sort of collective punishment I remember from grade school.

I must ask this city’s government: What have you done for drivers lately, other than try to raise our costs and obstruct our progress? You kowtow to 3 or 4 percent of people who commute by bicycle, while pavement isn’t repaired and traffic signals are completely out of synchronization.

Mayor Ed Murray needs to remember that we defeated his predecessor, “Mayor McSchwinn,” and the City Council needs to remember that we are so satisfied with their stewardship that we redistricted them.

In King County, we rejected a bailout of the bus system, and in the city, it appears that we’re going to reject an attempt to impose a major tax increase in the name of parks.

Is it dawning on any of these people that the natives are getting restless? If not, then it should.

Charles Pluckhahn, Seattle

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