After Portland's Naked Bike Ride, a $566K Lawsuit

Charles Ziemer broke his nose, arm, and fingers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 3, 2018 11:44 AM CST
Cyclist Hurt After Naked Bike Ride Sues for $566K
Riders and spectators join in Portland's World Naked Bike Ride on Saturday, June 24, 2017, an approximately seven-mile ride that begins in the northeast part of town. Temperatures at the start were near 90 degrees.   (Stephanie Yao Long//The Oregonian via AP)

A bicyclist is suing the city of Portland for $566,000 after he hit a pair of concrete islands on his way home from the World Naked Bike Ride, causing him to crash and break his nose, arm, and two fingers, the AP reports. According to the Oregonian, the lawsuit states that a fully-clothed Charles Ziemer was pedaling back to his car after participating in the June 2016 ride when his wheels suddenly struck the islands. The lawsuit faults the city for failing to put reflectors or lights on the islands and situating them in a travel lane. An employee at the Portland city attorney's office says the city doesn't comment on pending litigation. The suit seeks $66,000 in medical bills, plus $500,000 for pain and suffering. (More World Naked Bike Ride stories.)

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