I know I’m in danger of turning this into a bike rant blog again, but this really got me today.
Yesterday four cyclists were hit by a car on the Trans-Canada highway in Manitoba, two were killed and the other two in the hospital. The cyclists were riding across the country to raise funds for diabetes research, and I remember seeing them on the news when they left Vancouver.
Reading the article published by the Canadian Press, just left my blood boiling though…
…Under the Highway Traffic Act, cyclists are required to ride single file, on the right-hand side of the road, Karpish said. Technically, cyclists can use the entire right lane and motorists should move into the passing lane.
“Sometimes that doesn’t happen. People don’t quite clear the lane when they made a lane change,” said [RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Line] Karpish, adding: “Common sense should prevail.” …
Although they don’t come out and say it, the tone is very clearly leaning to blaming the cyclists for being there. So let me get this straight … a car, driving a straight road, in daylight, somehow manages not to see four cyclists until he has hit all of them, and the authorities are already trying to shift the blame to the cyclists because while “technically they were obeying the law… [they should understand that nobody believes that law and if a driver mows them down its their own damn fault for riding a bicycle]“?
I expect that attitude out of the general public but find it incredibly disturbing that a police officer, who is charged with enforcing the law, is displaying it.