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February 15, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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Bikes push for a network of safer routes

This only supports 1 percent of the population

Editor, The Times:

It has been really clear that the current Seattle Department of Transportation traffic plan has been to support one 1 percent of the population [“Cyclists find oasis in urban ‘greenways,” page one, Feb. 13].

The blind support of the one-term mayor’s bicycling agenda at the expense of cars was evident the first day he took office. The support of 1 percent of the population who choose to use roads paid for with taxes from car drivers has risen to a new level. The plan to eliminate 50 percent of parking in Wallingford by placing bike lanes on 43rd and 44th will not only make it more dangerous for pedestrians because cars will be driving at a much faster pace it will also put cyclists at risk because of the increased speeds of cars.

The Burke-Gilman Trail was put in place so cyclists could commute east/west safely. They can use that route to commute.

Not only does the SDOT plan to eliminating parking on 43rd and 44th for 1 percent of the population, it also plans on pushing parking to the north/south streets between 44th and 45th.

This will have the effect of making an already terrible traffic problem on 45th even worse. It will put at risk people who live on those blocks as they now have additional traffic to deal with when pulling out of their driveways. The entire purpose of only allowing parking on a single side of the street between 44th and 45th is to allow for safe turns off and onto 45th. This entire plan has not been logically thought-out and puts lives at risk.

The business impact to Wallingford by eliminating parking will have a negative long-term impact to the area. Why are we doing this for 1 percent of the population who pay nothing for road maintenance?

Our one-term mayor will impact a community for the next 10 years unless the people stand up and say “no.” It is time to stop this project before it has significant negative impacts to the area. In addition, it is a waste of $200,000 which only supports 1 percent of the population.

Please support the 99 percent of the population who use rapid transit and pay taxes to support roads.

— Dan Botts, Wallingford

Bikers should pay the fees to subsidize their entitlement

It’s a noble effort to try and emulate Portland with our dedicated bike trails and being green with everything. But for those of us that either can’t ride bikes in an urban area or refuse to, we are ultimately the bad guy who must pay for it all.

Bike riders generally ignore traffic laws and feel entitled to every inch of the pavement. It is time that they started paying for some of that pavement. All bicycles within the city of Seattle should have to be registered and pay a fee to subsidize their entitlement.

— D. Brad Hurley, Seattle


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