Cyclist in Oregon Who Sued Over Unsafe Bike Lane Gets $350K Settlement

A bicyclist hit by a speeding driver near a Portland, Ore. bike lane crossing in front of a freeway on-ramp will receive a $350,000 settlement from the city, state and the motorist.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Bobbi Smith is scheduled to receive $150,000 each from the state and city of Portland and $50,000 from driver Brandon Lee Swiger from the 2017 crash. Smith sued in August 2018 claiming Swiger was negligent for speeding and not spotting Smith before hitting them. Smith’s suit also claimed the city and state were negligent in the design and maintenance of the North Greeley Avenue and southbound I-5 on-ramp intersection.

People traveling southeast on Greeley in the bike lane must cross in front of the freeway on-ramp to continue on the bike lane.

The city is in the midst of a project that includes repaving on North Greeley Avenue between I-5 and North Going Street and adding a concrete barrier separating a new 12-foot bike path from other traffic on the eastbound side of Greeley.

Smith was seeking nearly $1.4 million in damages from all three parties. The Portland City Council on Wednesday approved paying $150,000 to Smith to help settle the lawsuit.