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July 30, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Driver cited in car-bike crash that injured councilmember

The driver whose car collided with bicycling Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin on Sunday has been cited for an illegal U-turn, police said.

Conlin says he broke his right shoulder blade after a car U-turned in front of him on 34th Avenue, near East Pine Street.  Conlin fell after his bicycle ran into the side of the car at just over 10 mph.  Conlin had just left his Madrona-area home to ride to a Democratic Party picnic at Gasworks Park.

“He wasn’t looking, I probably could have been a little more defensive,” the 65-year-old councilman had  said Monday. ”It’s just one of those things.”

The citation was for violating SMC 11.55.120, said police spokesman Mark Jamieson. The standard penalty is $124, a city website says.  According to the code:

No person shall make a U turn unless such movement can be made in safety and without interfering with other traffic. No person shall make a U turn on any curve, or on the approach to or near the crest of a grade, unless the vehicle can be seen by the drivers of all other vehicles approaching from both directions within five hundred (500) feet. (RCW 46.61.295)

Conlin has returned to work wearing a sling, but can still write and type.

Meanwhile, the city is discussing changes to its Bicycle Master Plan which would move Seattle toward “cycletrack” bikeways that are separated by a curb or barrier; and low speed “greenways” on neighborhood streets.

Comments | Topics: bicycle accident, fine, Richard Conlin


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