Citi Bike Sued After Rider Says He Flipped Over Bike

Friday, Feb 28, 2014  |  Updated 11:35 AM EDT
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Citi Bike Sued After Rider Says He Flipped Over Bike

A Connecticut man who says he was injured on a Citi Bike in midtown Manhattan has filed a $15 million lawsuit against the bike-share operator.
 
Ronald Corwin, of Westport, Conn., says he flipped over the bike after his front wheel hit a low barrier installed next to the bicycle docking station in midtown on Oct. 25.

 
His attorney says the 73-year-old now suffers from traumatic nerve palsy that left him unable to smell or taste.
 
The lawsuit claims Corwin didn't see the concrete barrier because it blended with the road.
 
The lawyer told the Daily News the 56th Street barrier now has a coat of orange paint.
 
The city's contract with Citi Bike's operator makes the operator's insurance company responsible for any lawsuits and protects the city from claims. 
 
The city Law Department said it had no comment on pending litigation.

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