The Seattle Times this morning published an article on Seattle’s effort to increase cycling safety by installing green lanes — we’re the Emerald City, get it –on four dangerous intersections: Dexter at Denny Way, both ends of the Fremont Bridge, and North 145th where the new Shoreline Interurban Trail meets the city limits.
The article goes on at surprising length about the dangers of the “right hook” accident, about Mayor Nichols’ plan to triple cycling trips, and of course, about how we’re keeping up with Portland on the bike safety front (we’re not) by painting these lines.While I applaud ANY efforts to increase the safety of little ol’ me and all my cycling friends, I have to wonder about a few things… First of all, the article leads with a scary story about a close call near the University Bridge at Fuhrman Ave E. They also quote Kent Peterson and a couple other high-profile cycling folks talking about that same intersection. Yet there are no green lanes planned there. The cynic in me wonders if potential pending lawsuits about the Bryce Lewis death are holding up actual action at that location.
But mostly I’m wondering what’s up with the green? I don’t understand why we don’t just jump on the bandwagon of cities around the world that use BLUE to mark these very important bike-car intersections? I’m hoping my quip about our Emerald City status wasn”t a driving factor. Hmmmm…. maybe it’s because cycling is green? Or because green means go and tells drivers they have a free pass? Nah, that can’t be it.
While I applaud the lanes — with a standing ovation even — I do marvel at how we managed to add our wacky Seattle touch to yet another transportation infrastructure project.
Next up? Nobody’s asked me but I hope plans include lane mitigation at the Fuhrman/Bryce Lewis intersection, as well as tackling the most dangerous car-bike intersection in Seattle: Burke-Gilman at Blakeley St.