The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that Terry McMacken, a bicyclist who was seriously injured on the Ballard Bridge in Seattle has filed a lawsuit against the city for damages. McMacken, who lost his arm and shoulder at the collarbone and also suffered brain injuries was injured about a year ago, July 6, 2007. Approximately 140 bicyclists are injured each year in Seattle bicycle accidents.
McMacken’s lawsuit contends that the low concrete wall intended to protect pedestrians and cyclists on 15th Avenue was poorly designed. His attorney said that cyclists have been complaining about the low guard rail on the Ballard Bridge for some time. A letter dated in August of 2004 warns the city, “It is just a matter of time before a bicyclist or pedestrian is injured or killed [on Ballard Bridge].”
According to the Seattle Transportation Department, the city plans to spend $240 million in the next 10 years to make bicycle riding in the city easier. They hope to increase both the safety for riders and the number of riders.
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Link for Bicycle Watchdog, a Seattle-based web-site which publicizes and identifies bicycle hazards and communicates problems for those responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of Seattle’s streets.
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