Another Accident Hotspot for Vancouver’s Cyclists
Another day another accident involving an unfortunate cyclist.
That’s what I thought to myself on Friday when I read about a cyclist who was knocked over by a car on the corner of Dunsmuir and Beatty, just outside of the Stadium-Chinatown Skytrain entrance. http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2014/03/vehicle-collides-cyclist-beatty-dunsmuir/
It’s hardly surprising.
The intersection is a notorious accident hotspot.
Well in short it’s badly designed, so there are near misses on this perilous corner on a daily basis.
In this situation the cyclist had the right of way, following a bike path and a green light before being struck by a driver turning right on a red.
But right of way doesn’t mean much when you’re cyclist up against a car does it?
Sadly it’s just a microcosm of the dangers faced by cyclists on our city’s streets.
Dunsmuir and Beatty isn’t the only accident hotspot cyclists need to navigate. In fact our city is littered with them. You see, cyclists have it rough. Even if they follow the rules of the road it’s clear that motorists aren’t doing the same.
No matter how badly designed the intersection may be, drivers need to take responsibility for their actions.
Cyclists aren’t a flash in the pan. They’re here to stay. In fact their numbers are only growing.
So it’s time that motorists and ICBC woke up to this fact. Otherwise we’ll soon find ourselves in a situation where every intersection in the Lower Mainland is an accident hotspot for cyclists.
So please be safe out there. And if you’ve been involved in an accident get in touch with me here at McComb Witten. We’re on cyclists’ side and are here to help you find out if you can claim compensation for your accident.
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