Six bicyclists have sued the city of Seattle, claiming that streetcar tracks caused them to crash and the city knowingly allowed the unsafe conditions.
The South Lake Union streetcar opened Dec. 12, 2007. Even before service began, some cyclists fell.
The tires on a standard road bike can easily get stuck because they are narrower than the 1 3/4-inch groove that holds the steel streetcar wheels in place. Patricia Lenssen held a "Watch for Injured Cyclists" sign on opening day. She said she broke her jaw and two teeth in a trackway tumble.
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