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March 21, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Pedestrians at risk by motorists in Seattle

There have been a lot of words written about the conflict between motorists and bicyclists in the streets of Seattle [“Why are drivers so angry at cyclists?,” Opinion, Jan. 10].

How about motorists and pedestrians? I’ve walked a mile each way from the ferry terminal to my office on Fourth and Pike and back for four years. And I can say with absolute certainty that there has not been one day that either me or someone I’ve seen is nearly run down in the crosswalk by a car running a red light or simply in a big hurry to get through the intersection. The level of aggression and disregard for human safety is stunning.

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August 16, 2013 at 6:23 AM

Saving lives with courtesy, caution

Pedestrians must be more careful We teach our children by the time they are 3 that, when crossing the street, they must look both ways, twice, then cross briskly. [“Could more courtesy save a life?”, NW Monday, Aug. 5.] Yet there are 500 pedestrian-involved collisions each year in Seattle. Could somebody explain to me the mentality of…

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Comments | More in Seattle, Transportation | Topics: cars, courtesy, pedestrians

July 22, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Bicyclists in Seattle

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…

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Comments | More in Seattle, Transportation | Topics: auto, bicyclists, bikes

April 2, 2013 at 4:10 AM

Lawmakers reconsider severity of DUI laws

Public officials have failed to protect the public from drunken drivers As one who has lived within two blocks of the horrendous DUI-instigated crash and deaths last Monday, I was outraged and discouraged by the statement of one of our state legislators in the excellent article Sunday addressing state DUI laws [“Do state DUI laws go…

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Comments | More in alcohol, crime/justice | Topics: addiction, dui, pedestrians