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August 13, 2007 8:08 AM

Commute in all forms easy from West Seattle

Posted by Cory Tolbert Haik

Here's how the morning went, according to Mike Lindblom, Times' transportation reporter, who biked in from West Seattle:

The commute in all its forms was easy from West Seattle to downtown this morning.

A bike ride from the Junction area to South Lake Union required just over 30 minutes, and there wasn't any road rage. Judging by the pre-construction hype, there should have been many cars buzzing past the bike lane on East Marginal Way South, but traffic there was lighter than usual. Cars on the Alaskan Way Viaduct sped freely.

I approached nine other cyclists on the trail, and saw another 20 or so going east-west, or reverse-commuting southbound.

Most likely, they would have all been out riding anyway. One said he was a visiting physical therapist from Anacortes, heading to Elliott Avenue North for a class. He got another education on East Marginal, where cyclists wait for a lull in the truck traffic to cross the road, to reach the bike lane. "Usually, I only see four cars on an entire trip," he said.

One perk of bicycling is the last climb, up the huge cobblestones of Blanchard Street from Western Avenue to Belltown. Even there, the streets seemed emptier than normal.

By Mike Lindblom

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