Chief Mark Mew’s comment on bicycling in Anchorage is an excellent summary of how bicycles and motor vehicles can co-exist. However, he omitted what it really takes for peaceful coexistence to occur here, and that is a culture change. Recently, I spent four months in Seattle undergoing cancer treatment and my biggest comfort during that period was being able to commute by bike from south Seattle to my radiation treatment at the UW in north Seattle. My route took me daily on some of the busiest streets in the city, including downtown during rush hour as my radiation was at 3 p.m.
At no time was I harassed by a motorist either by voice, horn or being passed as close as possible. No one overtook me from behind and then turned in front of me. In my 20-year experience of riding in Anchorage, this happens about every third day. I have actually ridden all over the U.S. and parts of the world and Anchorage drivers are without a doubt the rudest I have ever encountered.
— Keith Winkle