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... because a lot of people think the BMP is a demo-catering vehicle of an ex-mayor and well-heeled lobbyists?
... because, despite the fact that the "war on cars" is vastly overstated, the sentiment remains that actual traffic improvements are being ignored?
If you're privileged enough to afford to live in Seattle and privileged enough to have a job within a bike ride, then you should STFU and focus on more important social issues!
Nobody cares about bikes 9 months out of the year, and only a handful of residents care the other 3 months. You are doing yourself a disservice by continuing on with this story. Millions of dollars on bike lanes that remove traffic? Are you insane?! Mike McGinn wanted it!! Mike McGinn wanted it!!!
Go stick McGinn's bike pump up yer arse. You used to be the only reason I read the Stranger. Now you are the reason, after two weeks of this ridiculous coverage, that I will NEVER READ THE STRANGER AGAIN!!
As a biker, maybe not a real hard core yet enough to know what I'm talking about, I know how vulnerable I am and take extra cautionary steps.
I don't zig zag between lanes, I slow down if a car stops ahead of me knowing the door may open soon, I obey ALL traffic laws, and have also rigged few lights on my bike to make sure I'm visible to other vehicles. I also use a helmet at all times.
Yes, there are asshole drivers out there. Unfortunately there are also quite a few ignorant, arrogant, rightous bikers as well.
2. "Road diets" which also pre-date McGinn are about traffic calming, not bicycles. The bicycle lanes are there because there is extra space when 4 lanes are turned into 2 lanes plus a turn lane. Data show that the configuration cuts down on speeding and car/pedestrian accidents.
How many people are using the new bike lanes on Broadway...uh, huh..that's what I though. Waste of money and added congestion...now that's how Seattle governs!! WEEEE!!!!
This BS has been going down in other cities for many years, but they happen to have more months of clear weather. This is just another Seattle canard brought to you by Bill O'Reilly in Birkenstocks (TM), thanks Dom!
One day when you grow up and are forced to leave the city due to crime, traffic, high costs and insane taxing levels, remember who made it all happen: you.