On the eve of a public meeting about the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan, KUOW’s Weekday is discussing cycling in Seattle.
To us, it’s all in the details, and less a master grand plan. Add more bike lanes, bike racks, and signs and that’ll make an enormous difference. I posted on this topic previously and the Seattle Weekly article criticizing the city. The city deserves the criticism. We do have great paths, but terrible on-street routes.
Yesterday, outside of the new Alley 24, we stopped for coffee and there are no bike racks. Across the street is REI, lots of bikes rolling out of that building, and here we were putting our bikes against a tree. The master plan should also have developers promoting cycling.
Another example is Alaskan Way, where thousands of cyclist ride the paths. When the cruise ships are in port, it’s a mess of traffic, cars in bike lanes, taxis, and not a friendly place to ride.