Seattle’s incoming mayor comes to aid of fallen Capitol Hill bicyclist

Seattle Mayor-elect Ed Murray is already doing his part to help the city’s bicyclists.

The Seattle Times reports that Murray, who lives on the Hill, and his security officer stopped to aid a fallen rider near the Lakeview overpass off of western Capitol Hill Wednesday morning just before 8:30 after she crashed and injured her head:

Murray was riding in a vehicle with his Seattle police security detail when they came upon a woman who had crashed her bike, said Jeff Reading, Murray’s spokesman. The woman was on the side of the road.

“Ed got out and his security got out and they just stayed with her,” Reading said. ”They had some towels and helped with her face. Asked her some questions then help came.”

Seattle Fire says the 24-year-old rider was hurt but was not transported to the hospital.

A photo of the incident sent to CHS by reader Chris (Image: CHS with permission)

A photo of the incident sent to CHS by reader Chris (Image: CHS with permission)

As for policy, Murray seems to still be feeling his way through bicycling issues in the city even as he cruised to victory. In the weeks leading up to the November election, the candidate found himself clarifying positions and statements he made about many of the city’s planned bicycle-focused projects including a downtown cycle track. Outgoing Mike McGinn, meanwhile, seems likely to be forever associated with bicycling in the city.

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