Interesting Article on Bike Safety applicable anywhere.

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Interesting Article on Bike Safety applicable anywhere.

Postby John Lewis » Mon Aug 13, 2012 2:17 pm

Ontario Coroners Report on Bike Safety Has Lessons That Apply Everywhere
Includes recommendations and comments on helmet wearing.

http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/ontario ... where.html

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Re: Interesting Article on Bike Safety applicable anywhere.

Postby jules21 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:36 pm

agree Ox.

The great majority of the accidents involved the cyclist being hit by the bumpers, hood or windshield of cars. The coroner infers from this that "the majority of collisions took place when the driver was attempting to pass the cyclist."

Clearly, there is an issue here of sharing the road; the great majority of accidents are cars hitting cyclists, not cyclists hitting cars.


it appears that for many of the fatalities resulting from motorists hitting cyclists while attempting to pass, blame was at least partly apportioned to the cyclist. as the coroner noted and personal experience tells us cyclists, this is likely the result of motorists making up false accusations about the deceased cyclist's behaviour, to avoid blame, with the cyclist unable to defend him/herself.

in accounts of the investigation into scott people's death in victoria, the police appear to take a procedural approach to these investigations - acting on available evidence. it's pretty clear that will usually go against the cyclist.

fundamentally, the responsibility for safe passing should fall squarely on the motorist's shoulders.

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Re: Interesting Article on Bike Safety applicable anywhere.

Postby greyhoundtom » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:28 pm

jules21 wrote:
it appears that for many of the fatalities resulting from motorists hitting cyclists while attempting to pass, blame was at least partly apportioned to the cyclist. as the coroner noted and personal experience tells us cyclists, this is likely the result of motorists making up false accusations about the deceased cyclist's behaviour, to avoid blame, with the cyclist unable to defend him/herself.

in accounts of the investigation into scott people's death in victoria, the police appear to take a procedural approach to these investigations - acting on available evidence. it's pretty clear that will usually go against the cyclist.

fundamentally, the responsibility for safe passing should must fall squarely on the motorist's shoulders doing the passing.

Fixed it for you. :mrgreen:

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