Get with the program It is about time that our city officials got their heads out of the sand. I am referring to the fact that they want people to get out of their cars and use bicycles or public transportation. More specifically, about making developers put in so few parking spaces for their new apartment buildings…More
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Citizens should oppose new measures I strongly recommend that all Seattle citizens find the time to read the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) June 2013 revision of the Master Bike Plan (available at all city libraries). The city has already reconfigured a number of major streets to accommodate cyclists. This results in loss of traffic lanes…More
No room on the road Riding bicycles is fun, healthy and nonpolluting. It would be even better if bicycle riding could help solve Seattle’s traffic problems. [“Around the Northwest: Full recovery likely for injured cyclist,” NW Sunday, July 28.] However, more bicycles on Seattle streets is proving to be an unworkable, maybe disastrous, solution. Seattle’s traffic…More
Cyclists pay their fair share I’m hoping the school-bus driver who complained about bicyclists breaking traffic laws is no longer in her job, because she is clearly either blind or driving with her eyes shut. [“Northwest Voices: Bicycle safety,” Opinion, July 14.] She insists she’s seen more cyclists breaking traffic laws than drivers. Really? There are…More
Editorial was delusional I just read John Pucher’s guest column, and I must make two points. [“Building a bicycling renaissance in Seattle,” Opinion, July 14.] First of all, maybe Pucher should read the letter in the next column of the paper that day. [“Northwest Voices: Bicycle Safety,” Opinion, July 14.] Secondly, where does he get off…More
Taxes should not target drivers No one seems to notice that King County Metro says its cuts will be “up to” 17 percent if it doesn’t get the tax increase it’s looking for. [“Metro faces potential cuts as existing funds dwindle,” NW Tuesday, July 2.] Government agencies typically give a worst-case scenario when they don’t get…More
Safety regulations must be taken into consideration Before we all get euphoric about 450,000 riders commuting merrily on their 500 bicycles, abandoning the alternatives of cars and buses, Puget Sound Bike Share executives first have to assure us of this program’s safety element [“Puget Sound Bike Share to roll out with 500 bicycles,” NWTuesday, April 23].While…More