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November 12, 2013 at 6:27 AM
Bikers provide a source of justifiable revenue
Since in King County we are bent on decreasing traffic lanes and increasing bike paths, why not consider licensing and taxing bicycles that use roads that cars pay for currently [“Voters may be asked to raise car-tab fee to block Metro cuts,” NWFriday, Nov. 8].
Recently we’ve seen evidence of bicyclists showing no regard for speed limits in school zones. As a person who has worked downtown for many years, I have seen continual disregard for traffic laws by bicyclists in general.
Bicyclists need to be licensed and in some manner be identifiable to law enforcement when traffic laws are violated. Now there’s a source of new, justifiable revenue to help offset the Metro situation.
Michael Hosterman, Seattle
Stop taxing car ownership
A $100 car-tab increase to save Metro is absolute malarkey. County and state leadership is sounding like echoes of President Obama on the truth of his health-care program. When the actual facts of any situation are interwoven with political grandstanding and expediency then what is said is justifiably suspicious.
Here’s a deal: King County Executive Dow Constantine should raise car-tab fees by $50, but also raise the cost of Metro ridership by 50 cents (with exceptions for the elderly, retired, etc.). Please cease with this perennial obsession for taxing car ownership.
Tom Ruszala, Seattle
October 31, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Tickets and speeding should be the same for bicyclists as drivers
In The Times recent article about ticketing bicyclists, two items need to be discussed and addressed [“Police speed trap snaring bicyclists, too,” page one, Oct. 30].
First, the fine for speeding through a school zone should be the same for bicycles as for cars. If a speeding bicycle hit a child, it could do a lot of harm.
Second, just because bicyclists aren’t registered with the Department of Transportation (they don’t have licenses) shouldn’t mean that the ticket not be reported to their insurance company. This is just another justifiable reason to have bicyclists register their bicycles with the DOT, and perhaps get a bicyclist’s license.
If they want to use the roads like a car, then they should be treated the same as a car and driver in all aspects.
Robert Oberlander, Issaquah
July 22, 2013 at 7:29 PM
Ideals collide with danger
I disagree with Danny Westneat’s assertions about going the French route with bike-rental programs for Seattle [“Helmet-free Paris lights the way,” NW Wednesday, July 17.]
Seattle is bike-riding hell, as far as I’m concerned, and helmets barely scratch the surface. Downtown road surfaces are rutted, full of parked cars, and rife with rain-slick manhole covers. Add earbudded pedestrians and distracted drivers to those liabilities, and you have the makings of a fatality.
I speak from experience. I biked for a month through Seattle’s waterfront streets, proud to call myself a member of the green crowd. Three crashes later, I am never getting on a bike around there again. I had errant cars forcing pedestrians to scamper in front of me and large, worn-down manhole covers with no grid marks left, causing the my first and second crashes. The third crash was a combination of everything.
Seattle should be ashamed of its waterfront routes.
Southbound riders near Spring Street and King Street are forced to ride in vehicular traffic, or face oncoming riders, curbs and disappearing lanes if they attempt to ride in the northbound lane.
Seattle needs to get past this whimsical, politically correct bravado it has about saving the Earth with a bike, and realize someone is going to get flattened.
If I want to feel better about the Earth, I’ll just recycle my wine bottles.
Laura Pierce, Kent
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