Comment 32273

By realitycheck (anonymous) | Posted July 03, 2009 at 16:26:37

Ryan wrote: "It boggles my mind in such a tragedy that anyone should suggest that the problem is the presence of the cyclist - and not the vehicle actually responsible for the killing."

It is neither the presence of the cyclist nor the vehicle itself responsible for the fatal accidents: It is the driver of the vehicle that is responsible.

Rejigging streets to have bike lanes alongside wide lanes with high speeds is not enough. The roads need to be designed to slow traffic down. More importantly, the driving skills of Canadian motorists needs to be placed under closer scrutiny and regular review. No matter how many bike lanes are introduced, or how many traffic calming measures are implemented, the core cause of traffic fatalities will continue to be driver error and/or negligence. Until this is addressed, fatal accidents will continue to take place no matter how our streets are laid out.

(As an aside, the sequence of events describing the horrible accident on York Blvd is out of whack. The SUV, after striking the cyclist, rammed the rear end of the sedan, sending the sedan across the median and into the path of an oncoming pickup truck, resulting in the fatal head-on collision between the sedan and the truck.)

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