Seattle City Councilman Richard Conlin is back at work this afternoon, after his bicycle and a car collided Sunday in the Madrona neighborhood, breaking his right shoulder blade. His arm is in a sling but he can write and type, he said.
Conlin was riding north on 34th Avenue, leaving home on his way toward a 43rd District Democrats’ picnic at Gas Works Park, around 11:30 a.m, he said. The crash happened near Alvin Larkins Park, near East Pine Street.
“The car ahead of me, seemed to be searching for an address. He turned at an intersection, on the right side of the street, and suddenly he turned. That’s when I hit him,” Conlin said. Conlin said he was going a bit over 10 mph and the bicycle struck the car’s rear passenger door, while the driver appeared to be making a U-turn. “He wasn’t looking, I probably could have been a little more defensive … It’s just one of those things,” he said.
A few well-wishers have contacted his office at City Hall but Conlin, age 65, said he didn’t learn much that would affect his views on bicycle policy, except the need for vigilance while riding. The city is considering an update to its Bicycle Master Plan, which includes ideas to increase spending and road space to create safer bikeways. Meanwhile, there were three crashes last week between cars and bicyclists on Dexter Avenue North, the city’s most popular cycling commute route, the Seattle Bike Blog reports.