Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Waterloo, ONT
Bikes: Road: Trek 1.5 (2007). Mountain: Santa Cruz Chameleon (2008). Beater: Peugeot Recorde du Monde (1850)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Okay, well in the first article, a van turned into the biking lane and smashed five people. I don't care how much training you do, you can't help, as a cyclist, moronic drivers hitting you. This was completely the driver's fault.
Second article was a guy and his kid riding his bike around. Not too much info in this article. I think it's reasonable to assume that these two were on neighborhood streets, just doing a father-son activity together. Any drivers passing by should be more cautious knowing that a kid is riding a bike on the road, just like how they should be more cautious when they see children playing/walking on the road. I would say this is completely the driver's fault. IF the driver was TRYING to be cautious and ACCIDENTALLY hit the cyclists, the result should not have been broken bones and the driver speeding off. This was completely the driver's fault.
Article three: Here was a fool riding his bike, at night, without a helmet. Odds are this guy didn't have any lights on his bike (why would you have lights and no helmet?). I drive around at night, and cyclists ARE harder to see than drivers. If you look up that Ogilvie + Blair road, you'll notice that it's two lanes in each direction (high-speed, high-capacity), near a freeway (bunch of people used to traveling 100+km/h get off and start doing the same on the high-speed, high-capacity roads. 'Round here, Hwy 7 is the equivalent (high-speed, high-capacity). You're crazy if you ride that road in broad daylight, mind you at night.
It's irresponsible that the driver would speed off (that's what the article implied, right?), agreed. It is irresponsible that the driver even hit the guy. However, I'd think the cyclist could've been a little safer, avoiding roads like this at night.
Article 4:This is where a cyclist and driver are getting into a fight? Psh, both partys are at fault. It just so happened the cyclist was vulnerable, and thought he was tough.
So... out of nine people being hit, I believe that one could've seriously been prevented by a safety program. I don't think one in nine is really worth it.