A motor vehicle struck a bicyclist Thursday morning at an intersection with a tragic history of car vs. bike collisions.
Seattle Fire says a male rider in his 20s was struck around 7:30 AM at Pike and Boren. The rider was transported to the hospital in stable condition but complaining of a possible back injury. The intersection was closed to traffic as police investigated the crash and collected evidence. Buses were rerouted through a part of the morning commute.
In June 2012, 18-year-old Nap Cantwell was killed after he was struck by a vehicle as he rode through the busy intersection. A member of the Elysian Brewing family, Cantwell was honored by friends and family with a memorial fund benefitting a local biking organization. A “ghost bike” marked the intersection for months following his death. Possible updates to the city’s Bike Master Plan do not address changes to Boren, according to the Seattle Bike Blog. The plan does include a possible protected bike lane on Pike through the intersection, however.
Meanwhile, it appears SDOT’s first action to make the north terminus of the truncated Broadway bikeway safer is to cover up the section busy with nearby construction at Denny. Earlier this week, a rider was struck by a car as she attempted to enter the bikeway in the area where construction has created a confusing environment for cars, bikes and pedestrians. The bikeway is a necessary feature for the street now that streetcar tracks are embedded in the pavement south of Denny.