Motorist Mentality

Day’s Verse:
Those who pursue us are at our heels;
we are weary and find no rest.

Lamentations 5:5

The Seattle Times has an interesting article on transportation called “Hell on Wheels: Is there no end to the stream of traffic insults?” Here are some interesting, random things that popped out at me from the article:

  • Seattle police have written 7,000 more tickets than five years ago for speeding and inattention.
  • SUV drivers do talk on phones more.
  • Generally, more people drive at 1 p.m. Saturday than during typical rush hours.
  • Sidewalks cost about a million bucks per mile.
  • …now as Seattle has started installing on-road bikeways and “sharrows,” the initial shock is strong. Drivers think they’re losing something.
  • Seattle has the 4th worst traffic in the nation.

This one gets its own special call out:

“Before we blame the mayor*, illegal immigrants or smug cyclists for our coagulating streets, we should look in the mirror. It’s pretty obvious drivers are the chief problem.” Continue Reading >>