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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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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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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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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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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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September 9, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Bike lanes, bus islands and street traffic in Seattle

Bike lanes make everything worse Since the installation of bike lanes, bus islands and lanes devoted to buses, traffic congestion has increased exponentially. We don’t need a study to prove this. Drive around Seattle, talk to drivers, look! There is no bike culture. The number of bike riders is minuscule, but the increase in carbon emissions is…


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August 14, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Bike safety in Seattle

Added buffer could have helped The Seattle Times has recently posted several letters concerning bike safety on city streets and to add to those voices I would point out a lack of foresight by Seattle’s Department of Transportation with regard to that issue. [“Northwest Voices: Bicycle safety in Seattle,” Opinion, Aug. 11.] Rider safety on north-south…


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August 8, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Seattle’s Master Bike Plan

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…


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July 29, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Bicycles in Seattle

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…


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