Seattle P-I: City warned of Eastlake stair hazard before cyclist died

Vanessa Ho is reporting on SeattlePI.com this morning that that City of Seattle had received a warning about a dangerous stairway before a cyclist crashed there on Aug. 30 and later died from his injuries.

Brian Fairbrother rode down the stairs at 1177 Fairview Ave. N. after missing that the bike path turns onto the street. He suffered head injuries. 

Seattle Department of Transportation spokesperson Rick Sheridan had been quoted last week in local media as saying that the city had never received a complaint about the path and stairs. The P-I is reporting that Michael Hoffman, a 31-year-old scientist at the University of Washington, wrote to the Parks Department in 2008 to complain that the stairs weren’t safe for bikers.

According to the P-I article, Hoffman’s Aug. 24, 2008, email said:

“It is not apparent until you are near the steps that they are actually steps rather than a ramp. I think this is dangerous currently. I would strongly recommend some warning signs here.”

The P-I quotes SDOT spokesperson Sheridan as saying that a warning sign will be installed at the stairs next week.

Read more of the Seattle P-I article here. Our post on Brian Fairbrother’s accident is here.