The Star makes a call for calm on our roads in today's editorial:
After ex-Attorney General Michael Bryant's formal charge of criminal negligence causing death in an altercation with a cyclist, today's editorial examines the various probable causes and consequences for our repeated clashes on the road:
The incident serves as a tragic reminder that we all have to share the road: motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
That means we have to be respectful of each other. But, given the enormous power imbalance between someone in a multi-tonne vehicle and someone on a bicycle in the same lane, motorists have a responsibility to be extra careful to watch out for cyclists.
This is not to say that cyclists (and pedestrians) have no obligation to follow the rules of the road; they do. But it is an acknowledgement that the consequences are far more deadly for cyclists than motorists when the two collide.
Unfortunately, at the very time when we are encouraging cycling as a healthy, environmentally friendly choice and, accordingly, seeing more cyclists on the road, we are seeing a growing animosity between them and motorists.
We should all... strive to find the courtesy, patience and respect for life that is needed to share the road without tragedy.
We've examined the plight of cyclists and pedestrians a lot on this site. A side column in today's paper notes three other serious accidents this week. One thing is for certain: it's dangerous out there and we all need to remember to be safe.
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