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"My Uncle was diagnosed with Stage 4 glioblastoma in August 2010. He has ran the Crescent City Classic in New Orleans for years and is unable to do to his illness this year. We ran in honor of him! He is shown in the middle! We had more runners but was unable to get them in the picture because they were way ahead of us!!! This will be the last race that he will see us run but he will be with us every step of the way for years to come! Thanks so much CustomInk for letting us have this time together with wonderful shirts! We had so many people say that they LOVED the shirts and that they are glad that we were running for their heroes as well! " - http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/dougstein - Running for Our Hero (Apr 26, 2011)

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comment by Guest - Apr 29, 2012 - back to the top

Let's see if the Seattle Bike Blog cares one bit about safety.I had an ernard to do on Westlake this morning. I decided that, since I had commented here and some other places, I ought to go check out the site of his accident. Which, I'd like to say, was tragic. The man did not deserve it, no matter what he did. But no one should do anything other than tell the truth here, as they see it, and let the chips fall where they may.1. The city should have had a sign there, and at the other entrance to the lower walkway. More generally, the bicycling community of Seattle should use this as a wakeup call. Cascade Bicycle Club ought to perform a comprehensive inventory of cycling hazards, and get with the city to erect signs where needed, and make some repairs where needed.2. The sun was not an issue. The cyclist was traveling northeast. The sun would have been to his left rear. One blog suggestion that the sun might have been in the cyclist's eyes, contributing to the accident. They were wrong, period.3. The stairs (10 of them) are not visible from where the cyclist was. However, it's obvious as you approach the accident site that there is a steep dropoff. This is especially the case when you consider that a cyclist sits a few inches higher than a pedestrian. A prudent cyclist would have slowed down before getting to the stairs. There is no other reasonable conclusion to draw as you stand there that the cyclist came up on those stairs much, much too quickly.4. It's inconceivable to me that the cyclist would have been pulling a daredevil stunt. I do realize that there are some crazy people out there, but a 50-year-old man on a city touring bike wouldn't have intentionally taken the stairs at full speed. What's much, much more likely is that he misjudged his own speed, and/or his attention lapsed.5. The trail is in fact a city sidewalk, used by cyclists and pedestrians, and which in a fairly short space, crosses several sidestreets. It is not a place where a prudent cyclist ought to be going fast enough to get himself killed by falling down a flight of 10 stairs.6. If I was sitting on the jury called to render a personal injury judgment, my amateur judgment (i.e., never having been on such a jury, and currently lacking any instructions on how to apportion responsibility) would be that the cyclist bears three-quarters of the responsibility for the accident, on account of imprudent speed and/or inattentive cycling, and that the city bears one-quarter of the responsibility on account of not having a warning sign there.It's terrible that this man died. Cyclists need to remember that they are not immune from accidents; that going too fast can kill them. Cycling organizations should spread that message, and should mount a concerted effort to work WITH the city to identify similar spots that need better signage, or in this case, signs at all.