The most recent case in Seattle took a tragic turn when a medical researcher, riding her bike, got her front wheel caught in a streetcar track a couple of weeks ago, on May 13. Her helmet didn't save her when she fell on her head, and the ER doctors couldn't either.
Her brother Cody got the bad news when he arrived at the hospital.
"When the ER doctor looked me in the eye and said your sister could die on Friday the 13th, I was angry more than anything else. I was angry because I knew I could lose my sister," he said.
As her family mourned her passing, they became more frustrated with the belief her accident could have been prevented. Cody admits "I can't count how many times I've been thrown off my bike on the streetcar tracks."
Since 2007 and first days of the Seattle streetcar, cyclists have continually found themselves slipping or getting stuck in the metal openings. In 2010, a group of cyclists filed a lawsuit claiming the city installed the South Lake Union tracks knowing they'd be a hazard. A judge dismissed the lawsuit, in part agreeing with the city's argument that Westlake was not considered a regular route for cyclists.
But this is how it works in "progressive" cities like Portland and Seattle: with few exceptions, there are no "regular routes for cyclists", but they're constantly pushing people to ride bicycles. At the same time, they build light rail and streetcar lines in the roadways, knowing full well that they create needless hazards for cyclists (as well as for pedestrians and drivers).
They just want to tout their "green" credentials and they don't particularly care how many people get hurt or killed in the process.