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November 18, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Biking is risky on Seattle roads

Cyclists in Seattle are self-selected

In response to Michael Hosterman’s letter [“Bikers provide a source of justifiable revenue,” Online, Nov. 12], I would like to offer a counterpoint.

As a cyclist, I hear the same complaint from motorists over and over. The bicyclists they see take extreme risks disregarding their own safety. Many of these motorists don’t understand the reality of braving traffic with little protection save a pair of blinking lights.

Even the most cautious rider takes on significant risk when he or she hits the road. Everyone is comfortable getting behind the wheel of a car, but many people don’t feel safe biking in Seattle. In the Netherlands, where there is bicycle-friendly infrastructure, one is likely to see diversity among bikers. In Seattle, the bicycling population is mostly self-selecting: risk takers will be risk takers.

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August 8, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Bicycle safety in Seattle

Safe routes needed for bicyclists Seattle Police investigate the scene where a bicyclist was fatally injured in a collision with a semi truck in May. [Mike Siegel, The Seattle Times.] I was thrilled to see The Seattle Times’ editorial on bicycle safety. [“Seattle is playing catch-up on bike safety,” Opinion, Aug. 8.] As a 64-year-old woman, I…

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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 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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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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June 26, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Bike expert compares Seattle streets to Manhattan

Cyclists should pay nominal license fee 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.] So, Seattle streets are not safe for cyclists. [“Worse than Manhattan?” page one, June 26.] This,…

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