Tuesday, September 1, 2009

An awful tragedy

This news story is what we were all talking about today - our former MPP and attorney general had a very nasty encounter - as a driver - with a bike courier. Nobody seems to know exactly how it started, but it ended horribly, with the courier fellow being pulled and dragged by the driver, and, eventually scraped off the car. He died in hospital.

Drivers can be aggressive jerks, so can cyclists, so can pedestrians. People, in general can be jerks. But when things get really ugly, a driver in a car is protected by metal, distance and air bags. On the other hand, when a cyclist gets mad at a driver, it can be pretty tempting to punch their car - there's no distance or metal preventing them.

Thing is, a car's always going to be more dangerous to a cyclist than a bike is to a driver. Cyclists would be wise to remember that.

I don't know if it was my imagination, but on my ride home tonight, it felt like we were all being a little more cautious with each other out there. I hope so.

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