Two dead after Olympic bike lane collapses in Rio

Published on : Friday, April 22, 2016

rioA new elevated bike path that was heralded as a top legacy project of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics collapsed Thursday, killing at least two people.

 

Rio Municipal Secretary Pedro Paulo Carvalho said a third person was thought to be missing. He said a probe was under way to determine what caused the accident on the Tim Maia Bike Path, which was inaugurated in mid-January and connects the tony beachfront neighbourhoods of Leblon and Sao Conrado.

 

The bike lane, on Niemeyer avenue and 800m from São Conrado beach, cost around £31million to build and runs several miles through southern parts of the city.

 

Rio de Janeiro is hosting the Summer Games beginning in August, and the bike lane was among the games’ legacy projects. While no Olympic event will be held on the path itself, the collapse will likely add to worries about the country’s readiness to host the games.

 

 

Thursday is a public holiday in Brazil, and with the weather sunny and warm, the city’s bike paths, beaches and other outdoor recreational spots were packed. according to a beach vendor, who saw the bodies floating in the water before they were fished out by a helicopter, said both were men.

 

Since its inauguration in January 17, the path has earned kudos for its spectacular views however, detractors complained that the narrowness of the path. Unfortunately, local media reported about its speedy deterioration, showing missing handrails and rusting metal parts after a few weeks it was opened.

 

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