In the news article today reporting the death of a cyclist on the Mountain, the Star quotes a driver who witnessed the incident:
"The cyclist hit the side ... door and his head hit the side window and shattered the window," said Donald Dionne, who had been driving a transport truck on Upper James Street parallel to the cyclist.
This association of responsibility - notice it was the cyclist who hit the car, not the other way around - made by the truck driver is interesting and, sadly, not uncommon.
So often when we read about reports of cycling deaths, the cyclist is either blatantly or subtly assigned the blame.
In this instance, it appears that the SUV may have at least been partially at fault. As the truck driver goes on to report, "He (the truck driver) was driving slowly with his emergency lights flashing when the SUV cut in front of him. [emphasis added]
The bigger issue here, of course, is the lack of a safe cycling infrastructure in Hamilton and the predominance of heavy vehicles on our roads.
Until this is addressed, I suppose we will all be to blame.
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