A man was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries Tuesday morning after colliding with a van at Pike and Boren.
According to police, he was riding
eastbound westbound on Pike (which is uphill) (UPDATE: Commenter X below said the man was traveling westbound) when he collided with the side of a van traveling south on Boren at 6:20 a.m. The incident is under investigation.
UPDATE 4 PM: Capitol Hill Seattle reports that the man is in Harborview’s ICU in critical condition.
While the specifics of the collision remain unclear, Capitol Hill Seattle reports that there have been several recent collisions at the intersection of Pike and Boren. A woman was struck by a car at the intersection in February. Her injuries were minor. Earlier this month, a cab and a police cruiser collided. All injuries in that incident were minor, as well.
Last year, we had a good conversation on the blog about what a safer Pike/Pine would look like. The corridor is one of the most heavily traveled by people on bikes, but it is also among the most dangerous. It’s also among the most dangerous for people walking.
Biking and walking is vital to life on Capitol Hill. Residents walk and bike to work in unprecedented numbers, and street life is vibrant and unique due to all the human interactions that occur when people walk and bike where they go. Protecting and encouraging biking and walking in this corridor is not only the right thing to do for the sake of protecting lives, it’s also vital to encouraging the neighborhood street life to continue to flourish and grow.
As the city takes a serious look at creating a safe north-south cycling facility in downtown, we should consider dramatic improvements to Pike and/or Pine as an east-west route at the same time. Imagine modern protected bike lanes on Pike, 2nd Ave and Broadway. Seattle would really start looking like a 21st Century cycling city, and the number of people cycling would go climb through the roof.