I was startled to read that Heather Marx, city downtown mobility director, has no interest in promoting bicycling during the Seattle Squeeze, calling it a “hard sell” during January.
Data from the Fremont Bridge bicycle counter shows 58,591 bike trips across that bridge alone during January of 2018 — that’s almost 2,000 trips a day, without the pressure of the Seattle Squeeze. Since then, the north-south connection through downtown on Second Avenue has been completed, a southbound connection on Seventh Avenue has been constructed, and east-west connections on Pike-Pine have been added.
Shouldn’t the city be encouraging people to take advantage of those improvements and try biking? I’m a 72-year-old woman, and I bike year-round. It’s not that hard to sell.
Merlin Rainwater, Seattle
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