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August 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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Bikes, cars, pedestrians: the ongoing debate

Ride legally

Bravo! Thomas Bianchi, I was just going to send the same email! [“A new battle in Seattle?” Northwest Voices, Aug. 8.]

The only thing I would like to know is why do people think that just because they wear a bike helmet they can break the law every day, all day long? If I were to drive like they ride, I’d have so many tickets I’d lose my license.

People in Seattle are very intelligent. Come on folks, ride legally. We all need to work together for safety and community.

— Barbara J. Evans, Seattle

How to get along

As a frequent pedestrian, I know just what you mean, Thomas Bianchi, both about cars

and bicycles.

The drivers of the former completely disregard pedestrians trying to cross streets in much larger numbers than in 1978, when I first moved here.

And while I’m glad to share sidewalks with bicycle riders since that’s what I ride along many streets, the key word is “share.”

When I approach a pedestrian from behind, I slow way down for his or her — and my — safety. I don’t keep going fast hollering out “On your left!” because what if that person moves to the left? Think about that, bicyclist sisters and brothers, and we will all get along.

Motorists, maybe if you consider that each pedestrian is one less car on our clogged roads, more of you will respect us and our right of way, by law.

— Rob Keenan, Mukilteo


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