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We've mentioned the end of the King County Metro "Ride Free" zone a few times on The Daily Weekly over the last week or so

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Comment of the Day: For Public Health, Let People Walk (With a Touch of 'Screw the Homeless' On the Side)

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We've mentioned the end of the King County Metro "Ride Free" zone a few times on The Daily Weekly over the last week or so (here, here and kind of here). It's been a hot item of discussion of late, with the general consensus seeming to be the loss pretty much sucks. But at least two commenters to The Daily Weekly don't think so.

Seattle Weekly's Dan Person looked into to the future late last week and predicted what the end of the "Ride Free" zone would look like. Person foresaw a spike in panhandling, shrinking Seattle Center attendance, and a whole boatload of "hop-ons."

However, as mentioned, apparently not everyone is sad to see the "Ride Free" zone go - at least not everyone who hangs out in the comment section of this blog.

As commenter contraryjim writes:

The whole free zone is easy walking distance. Perhaps in respect for public health it should be a NO ride zone - walk to it's perimeter to catch a bus.

But it's not just public health concerns that have folks happily waving goodbye to the "Ride Free" zone. Already bumbling around in the comment section of Person's post thanks to the "wisdom" of contraryjim, I stumbled upon this insightful little gem. Some folks, apparently, just want to see homeless people walk.

As commenter willmc4 says:

Yes, this is going to turn the transit system around financially and will certainly eliminate transients in the downtown region. I'm thinking that most of them have been moving south to Portland and the Bay area for better transportation services and certainly better weather. A free zone was entirely too progressive, let the underlings walk from Westlake to their watering holes in Pioneer.

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