Oh, and here is the handbook on cycling laws anyone can read up. http://www.outdoorchattanooga.com/TN_Bicycle_Law_Handbook.pdf
JSNewman, you obviously need to read up on the law. Bicyclists rights are very clearly defined and they do have most of the same rights as motorized vehicles. As for saying they should be licensed, why? How much damage does the average bicyclist have the capability of inflicting? Nothing remotely on the scale that motor vehicles can cause. And next I believe you complained that bicycles don't pay fuel taxes? Seriously, I can't believe you even wrote such an obviously pointless statement. Besides fuel taxes pay for the upkeep of our roads and bicycles don't put wear and tear on the roads like cars and trucks do. And from your last statement it's pretty obvious you've never been much of a bicyclist. To even call a cyclist a nuisance it makes it pretty clear that you must not give cyclists the required legal three or more feet of passing room. Besides, all of these holes in your earlier statement, most municipalities do not allow bicycles on sidewalks and since they do in fact have a legal right to share regular roads, you should be greatful some people aren't using up as much gas as you in your vehicle, and are getting some exercise at the same time.
Of course I should also point out in a lawsuit like this $20,000 is grossly over compensating someone for what is more than likely a problem with them not having common sense to go around the grate or get off their bike when they should have. Or they weren't paying attention and their negligence is what cause the accident in the first place. Goodness knows I've never been dumb enough to try and ride across a grate that's parallel to the flow of traffic.