Strava Wins Lawsuit

Not responsible for death


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A California judge has ruled in favor of the social fitness website Strava in the death of a cyclist who was killed while riding in Berkeley, California, in 2010. William Flint’s family sued the company claiming that Strava encouraged Flint to speed, resulting in his death.

“They assume no responsibility,” Susan Kang, the family’s attorney told VeloNews. “They don’t put cones out. They don’t have anybody monitor and see whether a course, or a specific segment, is dangerous.”

The San Francisco-based company lets cyclists compete for spots on its leaderboard by sharing data. Flint was descending at least 10 mph above the posted speed limit of 30 mph trying to win back a Strava KOM segement when he lost control of his bike while attempting to avoid a car.

The judge ruled that cycling is “an inherently risky activity” and that “Mr. Flint impliedly assumed the risks of bicycling.”

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