Putting the law aside for a moment, it’s actually irrelevant about who is to blame in a car versus cyclist collision. The cyclist will always come out the loser. A cyclist waits for the light on Government Street in the Inner Harbour in Victoria, Sept. 25, 2021. Keeping your bike’s headlight on at all times and wearing bright clothing increases your chances of being seen by drivers, writes John Ducker. DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST A serious cyclist versus vehicle collision at Government and Bay streets on Monday morning last week snarled traffic for hours while police traffic analysts did their work. According to the police, the cyclist will require “significant treatment” in order to recover.
Putting the law aside for a moment, it’s actually irrelevant about who is to blame in a car versus cyclist collision. The cyclist will always come out the loser. A bike is never going to be a match for an opponent whose weight is measured in tonnes.
I rode fairly consistently until my mid 30s. As a kid in Calgary, my friend and I rode for hours, often well into the night. Those night riding forays once even earned us $2 fines from the gendarmerie for not having a light.
The fear of riding is actually irrational based on collision stats. But I gave it up anyway, mainly because I stopped feeling safe out there. There weren’t that many close calls, but there were enough to change my outlook. Those close ones were enough to tell me […]
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