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September 9, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Second Avenue bike lane: Some cyclists break the rules anyway

There are new signs and signals for bicyclists and drivers to note along Second Avenue. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

On Monday, the first day of the new bike lanes, I was southbound on Second Avenue in the left turn lane to Spring Street [“Revised 2nd Avenue bike lane signals change for drivers, riders,” Local News, Sept. 8]. The new bike lane signal turned red and my left turn signal turned green. Fortunately, I hesitated a split second before starting to turn left.

I say “fortunately” because in that instant a rules-don’t-apply-to-me bicyclist southbound in the bike lane doing about 40 mph passed to my left and went right through the red bike signal. It could have been a repeat of the recent fatal accident at Second Avenue and University Street. A guy on the curb in a reflective vest who appeared to have some connection to the inauguration of the new system yelled “hey!” at the cyclist, but the cyclist was already half a block gone.

It’s very discouraging to spend money on something like the Second Avenue system if bikers ignore the rules when it suits them.

Wilbert C. Anderson, Seattle

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