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Cyclist sues City of Portland for $566K over crash following World Naked Bike Ride 2016

Thousands of bicyclists bared all for the World Naked Bike Ride on Saturday to highlight the problems of global oil dependency and the vulnerability of riders worldwide. The route rolled through Southeast Portland from Mt. Scott Park to the White Owl Social Club. (June 25 2016 - Photo by Tristan Fortsch)

A cyclist is suing the City of Portland for more than $566,000 after he crashed while on his way home from the World Naked Bike Ride in Portland.

According to the lawsuit, Charles Ziemer was heading home from the ride shortly after midnight in June of 2016 when he hit a pair of concrete islands on SE Morrison.

Ziemer broke his nose, arm, two fingers, and cracked his teeth in the crash.

The islands at the intersection are a few inches high. His attorneys say the City is responsible for the crash because they didn't put reflectors, markers or lights on the islands to warn people.

The suit, filed last week, is seeking more than half a million dollars for pain and suffering and to cover his medical bills.

Each year, thousands participate in the World Naked Bike Ride. The ride is used as a platform to highlight social and political issues, including the problems of global oil dependency and the vulnerability of cyclists and pedestrians worldwide.

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