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"Death on a Bike" - A Serious Thought Provoker

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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"Death on a Bike".

TImothy Egan wrote this outstanding opinion piece which was published in the September 18, 2014, edition of the New York Times.

And anyone who is serious about tackling the proliferation of cyclist-vehicle collisions on Vancovuer's streets should read it.

Here are a few of the highlights:

"Cities are changing, quickly to accomodate the new urban commuter. It's not quite like the transformation from horse carriages to back firing internal combustion engines, but a revolution is underway..."

" But lanes for cyclists and signage for special routes might offer little more than the illusion of safety. The designated bike corridor on the street where Ms. Kung died, Second Avenue, is known as the Lane of Death for all the accidents."

" ... every cyclist must assume that every car driver could kill them.."

" The thing to do is to realize how vulnerable you are whenever two wheels try to share a road meant for four wheels. A bike rider is flesh, tendons and skin against a two-ton S.U.V. What would be a fender-bender, scrap or brush between cars can be fatal to a cyclist. As glorious as it is to have the wind in your face, to be gliding along on your own power, it can all change in a flash. Getting on a bike in teh city is an act of faith in a flawed urban contract, and in beatign the odds."

If you're a cyclist you owe it to yourself to read Timothy Egan's article in full.

Unfortunately, what he has to say is all too true.

Jeff Witten

McComb Witten Personal Injury Lawyers


Category: Bicycle Accidents

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