I know this isn't directly related to cycling, but it's indirectly related (just replace the word 'pedestrian' with 'cyclist')
The Toronto Sun posted a video/article this morning that highlights how dangerous our streets are for pedestrians.
Here are some lines from the video:
- Toronto police urging people to be more careful when crossing the street
- City has seen 40 fatalities on our streets - 26 were pedestrians - 16 of those were seniors
- Police released a top 10 list of dangerous intersections in our city
- People need to realize their life is at risk every time they cross the street
- There are some things people can do to increase their odds of reaching the other side safely
- Make yourself visible, wear bright clothes and make sure you have eye contact - pretend every day is Halloween
There was absolutely no mention that drivers should be more cautious at intersections and when making a right hand turn. They are putting 100% of the onus on the pedestrian (cyclist). Perhaps this is why many Toronto drivers are so careless and feel they are king of the road - because our POLICE SERVICE and certain MEDIA OUTLETS fail to put the onus on the driver to be responsible for their own decisions.
Instead they put the blame on pedestrians (cyclists) for not wearing bright clothing or making eye contact...
I think this might prompt me to write a letter to TPS.. they are just feeding to the egos of drivers.
PS: I occasionally drive a car so I see both sides. But I believe the least vulnerable users of the road should have the most responsibility.