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This summer I spent a lot of time using the cycling app Strava to record my 4K rides. It is a pretty cool app – you can record your rides as GPX, keep track of your mileage and other stats, and use the app’s social network component to compete against other riders on “segments.” The last of these features is the core of Strava – riders trying to one-up each other on mountain climbs are what make Strava stand out against cycling computers and other recording apps.

Earlier this year an incident with a reckless rider that resulted in the fatality of a pedestrian put Strava under fire. Read about it here:

Strava – the app that turns cyclists into racers | Life and style | The Guardian.

Fortunately, Strava won the lawsuit was not found responsible for the death of the pedestrian. I absolutely am sorry that this tragedy occurred and I understand the family’s desire to secure justice for their loved one. But the whole premise of the lawsuit is stupid – Strava clearly tells riders to follow the rules of the road and warns against reckless riding.

Just because some foolish rider chooses to ride recklessly to break a record does not mean Strava should be held accountable – reckless riders are unavoidable. If you want to hold someone responsible that is fine – just make sure it is the person who actually is responsible! This is just another example of the abuse of our judicial system.

Can we please fix this? I am tired of our country’s judicial resources being used for common-sense lawsuits such as this, and I am even more annoyed when the plaintiff wins a huge settlement for their idiocy and greed. “Warning: Coffee may be hot” should be changed to “Warning: foolish and greedy people may sue you.”

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