Congratulations to the mayor, the police department and the Seattle Department of Transportation for lowering the speed limits. This is a huge step forward in the never-ending quest to drive the motorists of this town completely insane. Since we are already No. 1 in the nation for pedestrian safety, according to the pedestrian safety…More
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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.More
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…More
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…More
Licenses not the answer So let’s see here; if I pay and have a license attached to my bicycle, the drivers in Seattle will, all of a sudden, give me room on the road and not complain? [“Northwest Voices: Step up and pay,” Opinion, July 1.] Sounds too good to be true — sign me up! Douglas…More
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…More
Take away the vehicle Why do lawmakers think a habitual drunken driver is going to follow the law? [“Do state DUI laws go far enough?” page one, March 31.] People such as Mark Mullan have no regard for the law and no regard for anyone other than themselves. Mullan thumbed his nose at court orders. He…More