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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 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 want to be able to bicycle safely to the grocery store instead of driving one mile to the QFC. Supporting greenways and cycle tracks is…


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July 29, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Bicycles in Seattle

No room on the road 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 for injured cyclist,” NW Sunday, July 28.] However, more bicycles on Seattle streets is proving to be an unworkable, maybe disastrous, solution. Seattle’s traffic…


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July 16, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Bicycles in Seattle

Editorial was delusional I just read John Pucher’s guest column, and I must make two points. [“Building a bicycling renaissance in Seattle,” Opinion, July 14.] First of all, maybe Pucher should read the letter in the next column of the paper that day. [“Northwest Voices: Bicycle Safety,” Opinion, July 14.] Secondly, where does he get off…


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June 27, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Bike expert compares Seattle streets to Manhattan

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…


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June 26, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Bike expert compares Seattle streets to Manhattan

Cyclists should pay nominal license fee So, Seattle streets are not safe for cyclists. [“Worse than Manhattan?” page one, June 26.] This, despite our mayor, who is an avid cyclist himself, is supported by the Cascade Bicycle Club and who hired its former advocacy director to work with the Department of Transportation, to the tune of…


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