If the comprehensive bike lane network recommended in a 1998 coroner’s report (after a spate of cyclists’ deaths) had been built, not only would riders be safer, but we’d all be a lot further down the road, motorists especially, to accepting bikes and bike lanes as part of the transportation network. Instead, here we are more than a decade later about to embark on another coroner’s inquest into bike deaths, this time a province-wide one announced a couple of weeks back.
Side guards are designed to stop just this type of accident. Two simple panels are fitted between a truck’s front and rear wheels, ensuring that in a collision, cyclists or pedestrians are thrown clear of the vehicle, not pulled under. Canadian transit authorities say side guards reduce pedestrian fatalities by 20 per cent, and a 1998 Toronto coroner’s report on cycling deaths recommended exploring the idea of making them mandatory.
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