Injured bicyclist files $13.5M claim against Pima County

photo: Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star
photo: Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star

This involves a odd “crossover” type situation with a dedicated right turn only lane at the ‘T’ intersection of Sabino Canyon and Kolb, in Pima County. I’ve looked at the google street view (not sure if that matches the way it was at the time of the Jan 2015 crash); anyway, it’s confusing. There are two northbound bike lanes (or are they “bike routes with striped shoulders? — see that background at the article about a cyclist seriously injured at the Dodge Bridge in Pima County who received a $1.8M settlement with the county).

The cyclist need to crossover to continue going straight. This is reminscent of the old design at Pecos Road and 17th Ave. where a cyclist was killed in Nov 2014.

Injured bicyclist files $13.5M claim against Pima County

Attorneys representing Frank Dionies, a German citizen temporarily working for the University of Arizona, filed the claim on June 29 saying a poorly designed road and inadequate maintenance led to an ongoing dangerous situation… Dionies was badly injured in a collision with a car on Sabino Canyon Road in January. He was headed north in the bicycle lane about 500 feet south of the T-shaped intersection where southbound Kolb Road ends and turns into Sabino Canyon when a car also traveling north merged across the bike lane going about 40 mph and collided with Dionies… In the claim letter, Dionies’ attorney argues that lane striping at the intersection at the time of the crash presented an “unbelievably confusing” situation for cyclists and motorists….The intersection was designed with what’s been called a “right-turn slip lane.” Motorists traveling north with the intention of making a right turn to continue on Sabino Canyon merge into a right turn lane. At the intersection, the right turn for those motorists is not signalized, so drivers can merge onto the roadway without stopping…  For cyclists intending to continue northbound onto Kolb Road, the bike lane splits and riders must proceed across the right-turn lane for hundreds of feet to the intersection.

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One thought on “Injured bicyclist files $13.5M claim against Pima County”

  1. If the cyclist is continuing straight the car merging to turn right should yield….there should be a sign for that car to yield to cyclists continuing to go straight.

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