A Romance with Travel: More Specifically Seattle Traffic

 

June 20, 2015

I’ve learned rather quickly as an east coast transplant, if you ever want to break the ice that so many lament about, bring up traffic.

And if you mention cyclists, the conversation shifts from cautious pleasantries to visceral disdain.

Hardly hyperbole.

“Shout out to all the Seattle cyclists who actually stop at red lights & abide by the rest of the traffic laws. All zero of you”

Overheard in Seattle: "Cyclists don't have to come to a stop at stop signs when riding on the road." Delusion complete. #sharetheroad

If someone were to ask what you love about Seattle, traffic is obviously far from the top of that list. And yet, traffic has become one of those identifying factors of our city along with coffee, high literacy, lumberjack hipsters, and craft beer. It’s becoming increasingly harder to be an optimist: traffic is expected to worsen before, if ever, it gets better.

How do we make peace with something that is here to stay?

Who are the residents handling it better than others?

If indeed it’s true that we don’t travel to move but to be moved, than Seattle has hope...

“It is a beautiful warm Seattle night and I just hopped off the bus early to walk home and enjoy it”

The things you see when you’re not traveling over 60 mph…

“I'm walking down the street behind a pasty man in neon spandex because Seattle”

“That dude had his cat on a leash walking it around downtown. I love Seattle”

“Walking around downtown Seattle makes me feel very normal. Just heard a guy ask himself a question & then answered in a different voice.”

It was Bert Cooper who wisely said, “People buy things to realize their aspirations.” In this instance, traffic gave this woman pause to remember those aspirations...

Traffic hits that pause button on our fervent movement through the city. But look at this moment between a stranded couple...

Traffic rewards the prepared...

Rush-hour traffic is conducive to eating pizza while driving home #pizza #nordstromcafe #seattletraffic

A photo posted by Olivia B (@oliviab924) on Jun 9, 2015 at 5:33pm PDT

The fun doesn’t start when you open your tab. Finally, make sure to bring that fun to any of our scheduled events for this summer.

 

-Ramón Bentley