A letter in the Opinion page March 11 quotes a Commute Seattle survey, “People who walk and bike now make up close to 10 percent of daily commuters downtown … and are easing traffic congestion.”
Also according to the survey, only 3 percent of that group ride bicycles; the rest walk. Walkers in most of Seattle have dedicated sidewalks and do not generally interfere with road traffic.
Bicycles are the cleanest form of road transportation, but also the least efficient use of resources. To allot one-third of a street to a dedicated bicycle lane for 3 percent of the vehicles, leaving the 86 percent of vehicles (total of transit, rideshare and single occupant cars, according to Commute Seattle) to the one or two remaining lanes slows traffic and increases pollution.
Jerry Richard, Seattle
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