Comment 34373

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted October 02, 2009 at 10:13:46

Rusty, that's exactly my point.

Most cyclists and motorists justify their rule-breaking based on social norms and their own perceptions of what's safe.

Anyone who drives on the QEW or 403 knows that the actual average speed is at least 120km/h (if traffic levels allow), and this flagrant flouting of the law is even tolerated by the police.

The fact remains, however that a crash at 130 km/h is much more serious than a crash at 95km/h (since the energy is almost twice as much). Of course, crashes aren't all that common so people don't think of this. In addition, at least on highways you are less likely to hit a pedestrian.

This is why I am mystified as to why people get all worked up about cyclists rolling through stop signs ...

If you look at police reports the two factors that come up again and again are speed and alcohol.

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