The Reasonably Polite Seattleites added reflective poles to the bike lane on Cherry Street in an effort to raise awareness of bike safety in the city.

“Polite” Bike Safety Advocates Protest in Seattle

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A bicycle safety advocacy group, the Reasonably Polite Seattleites, took to Cherry Street this week to install a bike lane feature that they believe could save lives and prevent Washington bicycle accidents. Although the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) removed the feature, they agreed that bike safety improvements should be made. 

A protest for increased safety

Last week, the Reasonably Polite Seattleites placed plastic poles with reflectors along the bike lane that runs along Cherry Street and below I-5 in Seattle. The poles, which the polite protestors made easy to remove by city officials, were quickly taken down. In an email sent to SDOT, the protestors explained that the reflective poles could help motorized vehicles stay in their lane and lend better protection to cyclists. 

SDOT responded to the polite Seattleites in an equally polite fashion—they agreed that the city needs to take steps to make roads safer for cyclists. In addition, they agreed that there are simple and inexpensive ways to prevent future bicycle accidents. However, they explained why the “thoughtful demonstration” couldn’t be implemented permanently and returned the poles to their owners. 

Currently, Seattle is working on a bicycle master plan that would add bike lanes and safety improvements across the city. 

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Washington personal injury attorney Andrew Kim represents bicycle accident victims in Seattle and in eastern Washington. If you have been involved in a traffic accident and need legal assistance, our law firm offers free, confidential consultations. To schedule yours, call 1.800.636.3676. 

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