A Chicago bicyclist has sued the city, claiming he fell because the grooved metal decking of the LaSalle Street bridge caused him to fall off his bike, and that a city consultant’s report from 2004 said the city should resurface the bridge to make it safer for bike riders.
Andrew Giniat has sued the city for negligence and willful and wanton conduct for not replacing the metal surface of the bridge as suggested in a report on bicycle traffic in the city by TY Lin International Group.
The lawsuit states Giniat was riding his bike south on the bridge, in the 300 block of North LaSalle Boulevard, when “longitudinal grooves” in the surface of the bridge caused him to lose control of his bike and fall.
“Longitudinal grooves on metal grate bridges cause a channeling effect and sliding of the tires, which in turn causes bicycles to steer out of a straight path,” the lawsuit states. It does not detail the injuries Giniat suffered.