Rio mayor: Collapsed bike lane to be rebuilt by Olympics

AP , Monday 25 Apr 2016

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Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes has pledged to rebuild in time for the Aug. 5-21 Olympics a brand new bike lane that killed two people when it collapsed last week.

Paes told the Globo television broadcaster on Monday that the company that built the Tim Maia bike lane would also be responsible for the reconstruction.

At least two people were killed Thursday when an approximately 50-meter (yard) stretch of the elevated oceanfront bike path collapsed, apparently after being struck by a powerful wave.

Sports Minister Ricardo Leyser said over the weekend that the accident appeared to be at least partially the result of a design flaw.

The lane links the beachfront neighborhoods of Leblon and Sao Conrado and had been considered among the top legacy projects of the Olympics.

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