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October 26, 2012

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Rob (Mk.II)

My heart breaks for Heather. I also feel for the driver and the dreadful burden that he has to carry. What a horrible tragedy. It's hard to think of what would be an appropriate punishment. Nothing will undo the events of that day and nothing will bring Barrie back.

Hopefully we can, all of us, learn the consequences of a moment's inattention.

Peter Parker

That's about as good of an ending to this tragedy as one could hope for.

Name Withheld

i have only respect for the way that the family of the victim has dealt with this, and of course agree that there is nothing to be gained for anyone in this tragic situation from seeking revenge. however, the natural consequences of one's actions are not 'revenge' or 'punishment'. if someone uses their car in a way that kills someone, i don't think it is unreasonable to reconsider whether they should be behind the wheel. without even a token suspension in the works it looks like the legal system is telling us exactly what the life of a cyclist is worth... i'm not sure that remorse and hugs are quite enough to prevent future fatalities of this sort.

gingerbeard

Last week while in Alberta I heard on the radio about how a man was facing vehicular manslaughter charges over driving into a building and killing a child. It appears he had a medical condition that may have contributed to the accident.

This guy nods off behind the wheel and kills a cyclist, and really nothing happens.

Somehow I have more understanding for the guy who may have had a seizure hit a building and killed the child, then I do for the guy who ran someone over on the road because he was sleepy.

But it works out like this, child dies, manslaughter…. Pylon run over… ooops that should read cyclist run over, well ya know these things happen.

In the treatment of drivers who injure or kill cyclists , the law continues to equate the value of a cyclist life with a road pylon.

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Bill Bean


  • North America is eventually going to figure out that, for all the right reasons, we need more bicycles on our roads. Dust off your bicycle and go cycling. And if the gas-burning dinosaurs start to crowd you, it's your road and you paid for it. Take the lane for yourself.

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