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26-year-old bicyclist suffers life-threatening injuries in crash with bus

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SEATTLE — A 26-year-old bicyclist is in serious condition after a crash with a King County Metro Transit bus Monday morning.

Around 8:40 a.m., a bus collided with the 26-year-old man near the intersection of Rainier Avenue South and South Jackson Street, Seattle Fire tweeted. The man was transported to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

King County Metro tweeted that minor service delays would continue in the area as detectives investigated the crash. Preliminary information shows the cyclist was traveling alongside the bus when he lost control and went under the bus, Seattle police said.

The driver of the bus is cooperating with the investigation, police said.

This story is breaking and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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6 comments

  • VoiceOfReason

    I love riding my bicycle, but not on busy streets with 3000# vehicles going far faster than I can pedal. Bikes don’t belong on streets. Add the pompous attitude many of the bikers have and its a recipe for getting a Chevy emblem embedded in your back side.

  • Resident

    Hard to speculate if it was the cyclist or the bus driver. Seen plenty of transgressions in both those camps.

  • JustMe

    They tend to pass buses on the right without caring that the poor driver probably can’t see them. Just like motorcyclists, they feel invincible and self-righteous and fail to take personal responsibility for their own safety. DON’T hang out in the blind spots of vehicles – ANY vehicles – EVER. Doesn’t matter if you are riding a bicycle, motorcycle or other toy or a car. Just get away from others’ blind spot areas asap.

  • Joshua Putnam

    The marked route for bicycles to cross the streetcar hazard makes it look like a cyclist is taking a right turn at this intersection — bikes have to cross tracks at a right angle, and the shared lane markings are painted so far to the right that the bike actually leaves Jackson before darting back onto Jackson at the end of the intersection. It’s a very hazardous design, and the city has heard about it before without changing anything.

    Where the bike lane ends, bikes should move left to the far left edge of the right lane. That way, when they cross the tracks, they’re still visibly riding on Jackson, not turning onto Boren. There should be sharrows left of center in the travel lane after the bike lane ends, and standard “bicycle may use full lane” signs to remind drivers that bikes aren’t safe at the right edge of the lane there.

    After the intersection, there’s already a shared lane marking (sharrow) on Jackson, but it’s installed wrong, too far to the right, so it suggests that bikes should be sharing the lane side-by-side with motorists. The right lane on Jackson is too narrow for a bus to pass a bike within the lane, or for a bike to safely pass a bus on the right. The sharrow should be centered in the lane so that people on bikes know they aren’t safe riding to the far right edge of the lane.

    This would also be a good place for the green hazard paint the city uses in dangerous locations like bike boxes and protected bike lane intersections — any place that people on bikes are more likely to get hit because motorists aren’t looking for bike traffic.

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