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Conlin back to work after bicycle accident

Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin, who was injured when his bicycle and a car collided on Sunday, was back at work on Monday.

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Seattle City Councilman Richard Conlin was back at work Monday after breaking his right shoulder blade when his bicycle and a car collided Sunday in the Madrona neighborhood.

His arm is in a sling but he can write and type, he said.

Conlin was riding north on 34th Avenue, on his way to a 43rd District Democrats picnic at Gas Works Park, around 11:30 a.m., he said. The crash happened near Alvin Larkins Park, near East Pine Street.

“The car ahead of me seemed to be searching for an address. He turned at an intersection, on the right side of the street, and suddenly he turned. That’s when I hit him,” Conlin said. Conlin said he was going a bit more than 10 mph, and the bicycle struck the car’s rear passenger door, while the driver appeared to be making a U-turn.

“He wasn’t looking, I probably could have been a little more defensive. ... It’s just one of those things,” he said.

Conlin, 65, said the incident has not changed his views on bicycle policy, other than to heighten awareness of the need for vigilance while riding. The city is considering an update to its Bicycle Master Plan, which includes ideas to increase spending and road space to create safer bikeways.

Meanwhile, there were three crashes last week between cars and bicyclists on Dexter Avenue North, the city’s most popular cycling commute route, the Seattle Bike Blog reports.

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