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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 A recently added bike lane on 7th Street between Cherry and Marion. [Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times.] 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…

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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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July 29, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Bicycles in Seattle

No room on the road A bicyclist was seriously injured Thursday in a collision with a SUV at the intersection of Dexter and Harrison. [Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times.] 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…

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July 24, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Helmet-free in Seattle?

Keep your head safe Cyclists store their bikes on the ferry in February. [Erika Schultz, The Seattle Times.] Danny Westneat, I enjoy reading your articles, but I thought that your one about bike helmets today is a bit off the mark. [“Helmet-free Paris lights the way,” NW Wednesday, July 17.] I have lived in Amsterdam and Southeast…

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July 22, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Bicyclists in Seattle

Ideals collide with danger Paris’ bike-sharing program has more than 20,000 bikes stationed around the city. [Photo by Dominic Bonuccelli.] 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…

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July 22, 2013 at 7:11 AM

Bicyclists in Seattle

Cyclists pay their fair share 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’m hoping the school-bus driver who complained about bicyclists breaking traffic laws is no longer in…

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July 19, 2013 at 7:07 AM

Bike-lane buffer on Cherry Street

Guerrilla action was irresponsible This parking meter on 7th near Columbia is hooded – permanently capped as the city creates a bike lane along the street which eliminates street parking there. A group of guerilla cyclists established a bike lane on 7th Street between Cherry and Marion, but the city embraced the idea and made improvements…

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July 16, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Bicycles in Seattle

Editorial was delusional 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.] I just read John Pucher’s guest column, and I must make two points. [“Building a bicycling renaissance in…

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April 29, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Puget Sound Bike Share expected to add 50 Seattle stops

Safety regulations must be taken into consideration Puget Sound Bike Share Executive Director Holly Houser in the Seattle office of Alta Bicycle Share, Inc. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times) 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…

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