Kudos to Franz Knight, executive director of Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority, for holding firm on not allowing a Pronto bike station on the premises in his care [“Bike-sharing network a no-go at Pike Place Market,” Local News, Aug. 8]. It is refreshing to see that, for once, someone has the courage to not cave in to pressure from pro-biker organizations or businesses for special considerations, whether in form of rule-bending or tax money, of which we have seen far too much already.
Holly Houser of the cycle sharing network Pronto, displaying herself in the middle of a pedestrian crosswalk which, supposedly, is reserved for, yes, pedestrians, including elderly and wheelchair users, is a perfect example why more bicycles on the sidewalks near the Market, already overcrowded with local visiters as well as thousands of tourists each day, are not a beneficial or safe situation.
Pronto’s management has indicated that they have not given up on their quest for a Pike Place Market bike station. Unfortunately, given the history of Seattle’s favoring anything pro-bikes, whether in form of rule-bending or generous funding (tax money), they have every reason to be optimistic.
Erhard Weihs, Auburn