By Ryan McGreal
Published July 09, 2013
Hamilton Police report that an 80-year-old male cyclist is in hospital with "serious, life-threatening injuries" following a collision with an automobile. The collision took place on Osler Drive in Dundas at 11:18 AM on Monday, July 8.
Police are still investigating. Anyone who has information is asked to contact Detective-Constable Hendrik Vandercraats at 905-546-4755 or Detective-Constable Wes Wilson at 905-546-4753.
Senior citizens are among the most vulnerable road users, especially when they are attempting to walk and cycle on city streets. They are disproportionately over-represented in collisions, injuries and deaths.
Last year, the Ontario Coroner issued reports on cyclists and pedestrians and in both cases recommended that cities and the Province adopt a "complete streets" approach to create public spaces that are safe and accommodating to everyone.
From the Cycling report:
A "complete streets" approach should be adopted to guide the redevelopment of existing communities and the creation of new communities throughout Ontario. Such an approach would require that any (re-)development give consideration to enhancing safety for all road users, and should include:
*Creation of cycling networks (incorporating strategies such as connected cycling lanes, separated bike lanes, bike paths and other models appropriate to the community.) * Designation of community safety zones in residential areas, with reduced posted maximum speeds and increased fines for speeding.
From the Pedestrian report:
Ontarians not only need to walk, they need to walk safely. To do so, they need safe walking spaces. It is believed that with high quality engineered design, universal accessibility and a dedication to safety where pedestrians are of paramount importance, it will be possible to decrease pedestrian deaths.
In Hamilton, where the idea of streets for everyone has been slow to catch on, senior citizens continue to be disproportionately represented in collisions, injuries and deaths. Last December, an 87-year-old woman was killed crossing Governor's Road at Overfield, a site where hundreds of residents had previously signed a petition asking for a crosswalk.
Just last month, an 83-year-old died from her injuries sustained in a collision with an automobile at Upper Gage and Mohawk.
As the Ontario Coroner reminds us, these are preventable deaths. If we designed our streets to be safe and accommodating to all users - pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and motorists, from young children to elderly seniors - they would be safer and healthier for everyone.
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