A federal judge has tossed a $4.7 million lawsuit brought by the National Federation of the Blind and the International Federation of Pedestrians and Cyclists against the UCI over its enforcement of the law that requires helmets and a “safe passing” zone for cyclists on UCI trails.
U.S. District Judge Stephen Reinhardt said in a ruling issued Thursday that the suit was too “complex” and did not provide enough evidence to justify the litigation.
The plaintiffs allege that the UCIs negligence led to injuries and death on at least a dozen UCI-managed trails.
The UCI had already made the rule on the books and it was already in place, Reinhardt wrote.
He also said the suit lacked merit, saying that UCI and the U.S.-based organization that oversees it, the American Association of Pediatricians, had not been sufficiently forthcoming about the rule.
Reinhardt ruled that the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue because they could not show the UCis rule was an “unnecessary burden” on their exercise rights.
He also said that the case could have been settled through civil arbitration.
The suit was brought by UCI President Brian Cook in 2015 and has since been consolidated with another suit brought by U.K.-based cyclist, Ian Millar.
The suit was dismissed in June.
In the UCi-led case, the plaintiffs allege negligence caused by UCIs failure to establish safe passing zones on bicycle paths.
The U.N. Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms says that, under no circumstances, cyclists should be subjected to physical or verbal abuse.
UCI is also suing U.B.C. and the University of Washington, saying they failed to implement safe passing rules for cyclists.