Are Seattle’s bike lanes bigoted?

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bikeSEATTLE — Seattle’s bike lanes are often heralded by local politicians.

But as a story released in Thursday’s Crosscut points out, the city’s bike lanes still have mighty flaws.

Since 2007 when then-mayor Greg Nickles announced a 10-year plan to make “Seattle the best community in the United States” for biking, its plan for expansion and its current infrastructure has been riddled with problems. Most of the city’s bike lanes are shared with cars –called a sharrow — and lack protection. Important infrastructure such as neighborhood greenways and specific bike ways is mostly nonexistent, and Seattle has dropped to 10th on Bicycling Magazine’s list of top 10 cities.

Finally, Seattle’s Biking Master Plan has focused most of its efforts on North Seattle, leaving the just-as-needy-but-less-wealthy neighborhoods in south Seattle to fend for themselves.

For more on this Crosscut story, click here.

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5 comments

  • DarkHawke

    No, the bike lanes are useless and a waste of money. Bikeists will ride anywhere they want to, lanes or no, against traffic, bobbing and weaving through pedestrians on the sidewalk, etc. Dedicating street lanes that might otherwise be used for cars or transit, either of which carry 10 times or more commuters, is a ridiculous waste of time, money, and effort for no practical gain. Except typical, useless liberal feel-goodism. It’s got that down in spades.

  • Michael

    if i have to have a license to drive my car on the street, bikers should have to go threw the same prosess to show they are able to be on the road with others, they need to make room and a lane on the side walk where pedastrians belong,because "sharrows" are by far the most unsafe thing on the road… really i have to swerve around them? hows that safe? and if u made them go threw the same stuff for a drivers license and tabs it would add revenue and more jobs to seattle because if i have to pay to use the streets of seattle shouldnt they also? i mean they do use them

  • Bootlegger59

    So now, the politically correct bunch in going after………………Bike lanes????? What is this country coming to! Oh save us from such stupidity!!!

  • Oldjd325

    I have no idea what to even say about this. Bigoted? Stop already with the race crap. In my book those words are neutral now. Bigot, Racist, Homophobe, Misogynist all meaningless because they get used too often when they don't apply. Why are there no good soul food places in Snohomish County? I am offended.