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Three Years Cycling Journey Around The World Ends in Tragedy

Old 03-17-09, 06:49 PM
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Three Years Cycling Journey Around The World Ends in Tragedy

German cyclist killed in BOP was set to go home
5:57PM Tuesday Mar 17, 2009

A cyclist killed after he was hit by a truck in the Bay of Plenty last week was due to return home to Germany after cycling around the world for three years, police said. MORE>


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Of course, being the media, they had to mention he wasn't wearing a helmet (which wouldn't have saved him having been hit by a fully laden log truck).
It's just terrible, though. So many amazing experiences... gone.
May he rest in peace.
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That is horrible. I'd sure like to get to have a three year bike tour to the locations of my choice before I go. Thank goodness he at least got that.
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Really awful thing to happen. I worked at a kiwifruit orchard just a few hundred meters from that spot.
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We are very saddened to hear. Rest in peace Stephan.
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Here is link to Peter Gostelow's site, and his response to this tragedy with a picture of Stephan.
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I met Stephan in NZ about a week and a half before he was killed. He was a nice fellow, we chatted for ages about his bike -a beautiful custom job - and where he had been cycling and where he was going. Quite a shock to find out what happened, and makes me remember how lucky I was to survive my own truck accident.
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That story in the New Zealand Herald is the typical media rubbish we see when a cyclist is killed by a motor vehicle. As usual there is a suggestion the cyclist caused his own death, regardless of the facts. Also never mind that logging trucks are a common cause of death for cyclists throughout the world.
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Stephan's website is here: https://www.stephan-on-tour.name/

In German, (Use babelfish) and has some great pics.
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"The Rotorua truck driver involved has not been charged over the incident."

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/ar...ectid=10562167

When I do read reports of cyclists' deaths after auto-collisions, I am dismayed by the frequency with which such incidents go without any formal punishment. I recall last year three individuals cycling across Canada and being hit and killed and it seemed, at least at the time I read the report, that the car driver was not charged. (Perhaps he later was charged; I did not follow the story.) I can also recall other similar incidents in which deaths are viewed entirely accidental and no formal charges are leveled (e.g., a death in Colorado a few years ago, and there are others). I find this strange and frustrating; a few years ago my wife had a one-car accident (flipped our car) and injured no one and nothing other than our car. The officer at the scene charged her with reckless driving. The contrast here confounds me.
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Originally Posted by Amani576
Of course, being the media, they had to mention he wasn't wearing a helmet (which wouldn't have saved him having been hit by a fully laden log truck).
You don't know that. The bike doesn't look like a twisted pretzel; perhaps it was a glancing blow and he would have been saved by a helmet. You just don't know, do you?

The paper reported the facts. And you get all defensive about it.
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Originally Posted by Doohickie
You don't know that. The bike doesn't look like a twisted pretzel; perhaps it was a glancing blow and he would have been saved by a helmet. You just don't know, do you?

The paper reported the facts. And you get all defensive about it.
what are you, 12?



also, is this anymore sad than any other random person getting killed? or is it because he rides bikes?
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Originally Posted by Doohickie
You don't know that. The bike doesn't look like a twisted pretzel; perhaps it was a glancing blow and he would have been saved by a helmet. You just don't know, do you?

The paper reported the facts. And you get all defensive about it.
I didn't mean to sound defensive, I don't go out without wearing one. But it just bugs me that in every reported cyclist accident/death the media mentions whether or not said cyclist was or wasn't wearing a helmet but then giving no details about whose fault it was, whether either were careless, or saying if it even would have mattered. Sure, one can only speculate as to whether it would have saved them or not, but instead they just choose imply that cycling is dangerous.
It just bugs me. Sorry for getting that way.
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In New Zealand, it is against the law to ride a bike without a helmet and it is rare to see someone without one. The public have had it drummed into them that cycle safety and helmet usage are synonymous. So rightly or wrongly, the media reporting reflects how safety is perceived there.

Regardless, it's a very sad event and I'm sure it gives all of us a moment to reflect. What we do carries an element of risk to it. RIP.
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Lets just remember the man who has died and not get involved in another, tired, helmet/no helmet winless debate please. Everyone show some respect.
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Originally Posted by chrishg
what are you, 12?
I don't even get why you would make that remark. Amani didn't even take offense to the remark.

Replying to Amani's follow-up: Whether or not the cyclist was wearing a helmet is a pretty clearcut fact one way or the other.

Although it would be interesting to know more about how the accident happened, who was found to be at fault, and whether a helmet may have saved his life, I'm pretty sure that when the article was written none of that information was known. The police probably want to conduct an investigation before saying, and because there may be charges against the driver, they probably won't give too much information out anyway.
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P.S. Amani... thanks for keeping a cool head.
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