A man has been injured after riding his motorcycle over the Milwaukee streetcar tracks before the streetcar has even had its first passenger, his attorney says.
According to a news release from the law firm Hupy and Abraham, the victim was on his motorcycle on July 26 when he attempted to change lanes near St. Paul and Water Street. The front tire of his motorcycle got wedged in between the streetcar tracks and threw him from the bike. The incident left the man in the opposite lane of traffic with a broken arm.
"I have been a vocal critic of the streetcar from the beginning because we have buses that do what streetcars can do without endangering motorcyclists and bicyclists," said Attorney Micahel Hupy in a statement.
There are concerns in the motorcycle community that these incidents will continue to happen due to the construction of the project according to the law firm.
The Milwaukee streetcar, "The Hop MKE," says it will improve public transit and attract more talent, employers and tourists for the city. It's set to hit the road in fall of 2018.
Hupy and Abraham has represented over 4,000 injured motorcyclists.
There is safety information posted about the streetcar tracks on the Milwaukee streetcar's website.