Re: [carfree_cities] reflections on death by auto
- As a multi-election Green Party candidate in Canada, I usually campaigned by
bike, or should I say trike, as I used a hand-built recumbent cargo trike,
so I could carry signs and posts and installation tools with me.
The hit-and-run aspect of this particilar collision is becoming too
tragically common. It must be the increased weight and size of the average
motor vehicle, meaning the impact is less jarring to the driver. Even
though population obesity has also increased during the same period, those
walking and cycling are probably less likely to be affected by that.
The mention of what the victim was wearing -- whether she had
retroreflective top-layer of clothing -- seems to be calculated to assauge
driver guilt, even though there is no requirement to wear it (although most
jurisdictions require retroreflective gear on the bike). What the reporter
didn't mention is whether the cyclist was hit by other vehicles as a result
of the first driver to hit her not stopping to aid her and divert other
drivers around the spot on the road she landed.
Is there any book that truly measures the impact of the car on the
vulnerable? Aren't speed limits too high and vehicle sizes too large for
use on mixed-mode roadways?
Chris Bradshaw, Ottawa, Canada