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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


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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…


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

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


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

April 19, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan: How would it work to make cyclists pay?

Donna Grethen / Op Art

Donna Grethen / Op Art

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?

Here are seven ideas submitted by readers. Add your voice to the conversation in the comments section or submit a letter to

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


Comments | More in bicycling | Topics: Bicycle Master Plan, bicycling, Bob Kulwin

August 20, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Amazon plans to accommodate bicycles

Superb example for Seattle businesses John Pucher, famed Rutgers professor and scholar of bike safety and bikeable cities, rides down Dexter Ave. N. with Robin Randels of Seattle during a recent visit to Seattle. [Ellen M. Banner, The Seattle Times.] In my July 14 op-ed piece in The Seattle Times, “Building a Bicycle Renaissance in Seattle,”


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June 28, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Biking in Seattle

Bicyclists need to be licensed Bikers use the new “cycle track” on Linden Avenue North from North 130th Street, a bike path that separates bikers from parked cars and the sidewalk, making for a safer ride. [Mike Siegel, The Seattle Times.] I commuted to work via bus and foot for seven years. Seattle is a great walking…


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June 27, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Bike expert compares Seattle streets to Manhattan

Seattle can do better A cyclist descends the hill at Gas Works Park as dark rainy skies blanket Seattle. [Ken Lambert, The Seattle Times.] 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…


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