Strava Sued Over Berkeley Cycling Death
Family says site encourages speeding
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The family of a California man who died two years ago in a Berkeley cycling accident is suing the social training website Strava, claiming the site’s time-comparing features encouraged him to speed. William Flint, a 41-year-old Oakland engineer, was riding at least 10 miles over the speed limit down a road in Tilden Park when he attempted to avoid a car and lost control of his bicycle. Flint’s family alleges that he was attempting to recapture his Strava title of “King of the Mountain” for that section of road. The San Francisco-based company allows cyclists to compete for spots on its leaderboard by sharing GPS-based speed data. Last week, a San Francisco cyclist was charged with felony manslaughter after running down a pedestrian in a crosswalk in an alleged attempt to beat a Strava record.
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