The Seattle Times)
David GutmanOriginally published January 20, 2019 at 6:00 am
Two-thirds of Seattle residents said they would prefer to make it easier to travel without a car rather than make it easier to drive. Countywide, 57 percent agree. But that transit enthusiasm falls short, in the city and in King County, for building more bike lanes.
Big majorities of both Seattle and King County residents:
- Are impacted by traffic in their day-to-day lives.
- Drive alone to work.
- Aren’t that interested in making life easier for drivers.
In other words, if it’s getting tougher out there for drivers, well, drivers can live with that — provided there are more options to get around without a car.
Those are the results of a new Seattle Times poll that shows area residents hungry for more and better public-transit options, even if they’re not necessarily using transit right now.
The poll was conducted last month by cellphone and landline, resulting in a sample size of 419 people in Seattle and 407 people in King County (including Seattle), with a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent. Seventy-five percent of the respondents were homeowners, compared to about 57 percent in the county.