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, IMore
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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…More
The death of that young cyclist is a tragedy [“Cyclist killed days before city to upgrade notorious bike lane,” Local News, Aug. 29]. Mixing cars, bikes, trucks, buses, trolleys, light rail and pedestrians in the same overcrowded, clogged transportation system is a recipe for disaster. Our city has reacted by making our streets a…More
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…More
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 thatMore
The Seattle City Council approved a Bicycle Master Plan this week. The city would need to find about $20 million a year for 20 years to pay for it, editorial columnist Jonathan Martin wrote in an Opinion Northwest blog post Wednesday. How could the city raise the money?
Pay a registration fee
The state currently registers all motor vehicles, trailers and vessels. Why not bikes?
Where I grew up, we had to pay a registration fee when we purchased a bike. The retailer put a sticker on my bike with a registration number.
So let’s start with requiring a special registration fee (based on value) on all adult-sized bikes, new or used, sold by a licensed retailer in Seattle or King County. The retailer would collect the fee and submit it with the purchase info, including name, address, etc., to the state Department of Transportation.
Current owners, those who purchase from private parties or over the Internet have one year to register their bikes or face being fined.
Dick LaPorte, Seattle
Licensing wouldn’t be practical
Again with “how can we stick it to those bicyclists?” Jonathan Martin said it himself: It’s been tried elsewhere and failed.
So since it’s failed elsewhere, let’s try it here? What would happen: Another level of bureaucracy would be created, which would, no doubt, cost more to set up and maintain than it would ever generate in revenues.
And to whom would we
Superb example for Seattle businesses In my July 14 op-ed piece in The Seattle Times, “Building a Bicycle Renaissance in Seattle,” I specifically called on Seattle’s business community to support improvements in cycling conditions as evidence of their commitment to environmental sustainability, public health and the economic future of Seattle. Thus, I was pleased to read…More
Bicyclists need to be licensed I commuted to work via bus and foot for seven years. Seattle is a great walking city, and the bus service is good. [“Worse than Manhattan?” page one, June 26.] When John Pucher says “I almost got killed five or six times,” he should try being a pedestrian in Seattle. I’ve…More
Seattle can do better As someone who commutes to work by bike every day along Dexter Avenue North and Second Avenue in Seattle, I can attest to the fact that riding the signed, left-side bike lane on one-way Second Avenue downtown can often be a harrowing, literally death-defying several minutes of my hourlong commute from North…More