Like many cities dealing with increasing costs of transportation amidst urban growth, Seattle has found itself as yet another battleground in the Bikes versus Cars war.
If you ignore all of the commonalities between the two groups and try to create a simple, however unrealistic, two-sided view of the situation, a minority of people ride bikes compared to those that drive cars. This can be seen most easily in mass media accounts of hot topics like parking and critical mass. One can argue urban parking, traffic management or politics all day and find no real common ground.
However, no matter what side of the debate you find yourself on, one fact is undeniable:
Human beings ride bicycles and drive cars.
People can be courteous or rude. They may interpret the law literally, in spirit, or be ignorant of it all together. They may be patient and relaxed, or anxious and short-fused.
Topics such as speeding, stop lights, lanes and right of ways are not so much bicycle problems or vehicle problems; they are human problems. Neither are not problems that will ever be solved to the complete satisfaction all parties. In the mean time, live life, have fun, and please ride or drive safely. Remain aware of others around you so we can get home.