On Monday, a cyclist was struck and killed by a truck in Toronto.
This cyclist was a pregnant mother who taught yoga and was popular in the cycling community.
Now, there are calls to install guards on trucks and improve the safety of bike lanes.
This really pisses me off.
Don’t get me wrong; I am sad someone died and as a truck driver, this is a nightmare scenario for me, but what happened to people taking responsibility for their own safety ?
Every time someone dies or gets seriously hurt, there are calls for more safety, more rules, guards, activities being regulated. Why not make it mandatory to put on a 4 inch thick foam suit before people leave the house ?
I grew up in Montreal. While I was there, I got everywhere by bike and I learned to be very defensive in my driving. I always assumed others didn’t see me. That hasn’t kept me from having some close calls but every time they happened, I evaluated what I could do to avoid them.
I have been involved in some extreme sports like rock climbing, mountain biking and paintball. When I got injured in those activities, I didn’t try and pass the buck, I assumed the risk and worked through the injury if I had to.
Can we please stop looking outside for responsibility when something bad happens ?