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September 13, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Bikes and cars: Come on. We have to do better

Posted by Joni Balter

The latest car-bike fatality is another tragic reminder of how bad relations between bikes and cars have become in Seattle and environs. Isn't it the job of users of both modes of transportation to keep an eye on one another?
Keep in mind, the latest fatalities occurred in the summer, when the city has the most light and greatest ability for motorists and cyclists to see each other and respond safety.
Now it's September. Fall is around the corner. The hours of daylight are declining. There is more cause for concern. One wrong move and your life changes forever, motorist, cyclist, pedestrian.
I wrote a column a few years back about poor relations between cyclists, motorists and pedestrians, lamenting what is basically a battle for limited public space.
With a civic culture that advocates more cycling, yet with so many drivers so impatient and in a hurry, we really have to find ways to do better.
It's disgraceful to see so many innocent lives snuffed out by these often preventable kinds of accidents.

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@not2 Does this mean you have given up posting as "Jake Jackson" on Seattle Bike Blog? We are all familiar with your views about...  Posted on September 14, 2011 at 8:22 PM by ODB. Jump to comment
We would be able to do better, if people like Joni Balter didn't pedal BS hysteria around people on their bikes. Yes there are cyclists...  Posted on September 14, 2011 at 7:48 PM by Natehc. Jump to comment
So we should support measures like Proposition 1, to provide safer bicycling facilities. When The Economist takes us to task about it, as they did...  Posted on September 14, 2011 at 9:49 AM by Ben Schiendelman. Jump to comment