EDITORIAL WORSE THAN PINK SPANDEX ... ... A TRULY UGLY CYCLING SUIT.
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Now he's demanding damages from every taxpayer in the city of Los Angeles
The story begins when Prokop -- an experienced athlete and editor of Runner's World Runner's World is a globally circulated monthly magazine for recreational runners, published by Rodale Press in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, in the United States.
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That mistake resulted in 100 stitches in the forehead when Prokop lost control and crashed into a fence.
So Prokop has sued the city, claiming the bike exit was poorly designed. He's also trying to overturn a state law that bars cyclists from suing cities because of crashes on public bikeways.
But it's hard to see why L.A. taxpayers should pay the price for Prokop's failure to follow directions. And while there's an argument to be made that cities should be responsible for negligent negligent adj., adv. careless in not fulfilling responsibility. (See: negligence) designs that put people at risk, Prokop's case shows how easily such lawsuits could be abused.
Should Prokop prevail, the cost of building bike paths will go up, and cities will come to regard them as a permanent legal liability. The result would be higher taxes and fewer bike paths -- a steep price to pay for one man's mistake.