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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: bicycling
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

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Comments | More in bicycling | Topics: bicycling, bike lanes, cycling

September 8, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Seattle bike lanes: More safety measures needed, as in European cities

The Second Avenue bike lane was designed to improve safety and make bicyclists feel comfortable riding downtown. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

While the improvements to the bike path along Second Avenue are a step in the right direction, urban riding will never become mainstream as long as we harbor the misguided notion that flimsy barricades and a stripe of paint will provide proper protection from motor vehicles [“Revised 2nd Avenue bike lane signals change for drivers, riders,” Local News, Sept. 7].

Instead of Chicago, we should be looking to European cities, including Amsterdam and Munich, for examples of how it should be done.

Bicyclists in Amsterdam must obey signals similar to those on the upgraded Second Avenue path, but,

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Comments | More in bicycling | Topics: Amsterdam, Berlin, bicycles

August 12, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Praise for Pike Place for standing up to bike-share program

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…

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Comments | More in bicycling | Topics: bicycles, bike-sharing, cycling

August 5, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Dexter right turns: City kowtowing to bicyclists

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…

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Comments | More in bicycling | Topics: bicycling, Charles Pluckhahn, cyclists

June 17, 2014 at 6:11 AM

Westlake cycle track: No need for bike lane near an existing path

I simply do not understand why some people (mainly cyclists) are pushing for a bicycle track along Westlake Avenue North ["Good movement on stalled Westlake bike lane,” Opinion, June 14]. There are excellent, dedicated bike lanes, recently installed, along Dexter Ave North, which is just two blocks west of Westlake, and this route almost…

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Comments | More in bicycling | Topics: bicycles, Bob Knudson, cycling

June 16, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Westlake cycle track: Praise for the mayor’s inclusive approach

Pedestrians, cyclists and cars currently use the same space in the city-owned parking lot along Westlake Avenue North. (SDOT)

Time will tell what the Westlake community looks like in 100 years ["Good movement on stalled Westlake bike lane," Opinion, June 14]. One thing we do know, however, is that for more than a century, Westlake has been a thriving working waterfront. This unique mix of homeowners, businesses, boaters and tourists generates millions of dollars in state, county and city taxes and is one of the few deep freshwater ports in the United States. Maritime is at the heart of Seattle’s success, and protecting this community requires thoughtful planning, prioritization and commitment.

We are pleased that

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Comments | More in bicycling | Topics: Bicycle Master Plan, bicycles, cycling

June 4, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Seattle is too hilly for cycling

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

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April 28, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Bicycle Master Plan: Focus on the ‘greater good’ instead of targeting cyclists

Donna Grethen / Op Art

I find it difficult to believe, yet again, that this discussion of taxing or licensing bicycles is back on the table [“How would it work to make cyclists pay?” Northwest Voices, April 19]. It is based on some ethos of “two wheels bad, four wheels better.”

There somehow remains the ill-founded notion that

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Comments | More in bicycling | Topics: Bicycle Master Plan, bicycling, Pat Sherwood

April 24, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Bicycle Master Plan: Require training, exams, licensing and toll collection for bicyclists

There are some very simple and effective ways to increase revenue for the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan without forcing another tax on vehicles and drivers [“How would it work to make cyclists pay?” Northwest Voices, April 19]. For a minimal $30 fee, require all bicyclists, beyond training-wheel stage, to take a bicycle courtesy and safety course,…

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Comments | More in bicycling | Topics: Ben Stearns, bicyclists, Seattle Bicycle Master Plan

April 23, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Bicycle Master Plan: Why not license bikes? We already license boats

Jonathan Martin’s reasoning for bicyclists not paying their way makes no sense [“The problem with taxing bicyclists in Seattle,” Opinion Northwest, April 16]. He claims the administrative costs for taxing and /or licensing bikers is too high and hard to enforce. If this were the case, how can we afford the administrative cost of…

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Comments | More in bicycling | Topics: Bicycle Master Plan, boating, James Lowndes

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