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There's no drivers' test for bicycling. So does anybody really know how to ride?

Listener Richard Schwartz asked the SoundQ's team this: "Why does Seattle ask nothing of cyclists?” We sent Casey Martin to find the answer.


Richard lives near the Westlake Cycle Track, a protected bike lane. It’s 2 lanes of separate bike track carved out of Westlake Ave. And lots of cyclists use the track.

But the bike track is also right next to a sidewalk. On one side of the track there are businesses and boats. On the other side, parking lots.

That means Richard and his neighbors have to walk across the track daily to get anywhere. But that's not always easy or safe to do. Reporter Casey Martin looks at whether cyclists on the Westlake Cycle Track follow the rules of the road, and what happens when they don't.

Listen to the episode by clicking the play button above or on your favorite podcast app. SoundQs is a weekly podcast where our KUOW reporters tackle questions submitted by our listeners.

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