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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

September 4, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Cyclist safety: Driver confused around cyclists

If bicyclists would decide to follow the rules for pedestrians or for vehicles, there would be much less confusion on the roads. There are many intersections in Seattle where, as a driver, I don’t know what to expect from a bike rider who is either beside me or across the street from me [“Cyclist killed days before city to upgrade notorious bike lane,” Local News, Aug. 29].

At the intersection of 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 40th street, there are now dedicated bike lanes. The traffic light cycle goes green for all pedestrians and then green for north-south vehicle traffic and then green for east-west vehicle traffic. The are no right turns on red at all. The bike riders will go both with the pedestrian green and the vehicle green. If I am turning left, I have no idea what the bike rider coming towards me will do. I think if a law was enforced that bikes should follow the rules of one or the other, there would be far fewer accidents.

Joanie Rice, Seattle

Comments | Topics: bicycling, transportation

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